Here’s the cover of this week’s Newsweek, the last print issue before we go all-digital in 2013. Yup, it’s a hashtag. Use it!
Here’s what Palin told Fox’s Megyn Kelly when she brought up the cover:
Every candidate is going to be vetted I think now so more than ever because we learned a lesson with electing a president who was not vetted by the mainstream media. And basically we’re asking now ‘what did we get out of that?’…so I think there’s going to be a lot of vetting and some will interpret that because a female candidate will be vetted the same as a man or even more so as being sexist. I don’t know if I would characterize it as sexist. I would just characterize it as being the new normal. In a way it’s quite healthy though, again, learning a lesson from electing Barack Obama.
Mike Allen gets the scoop this morning that the buzz was right: Alter will be joining Bloomberg View, the company’s new foray into opinion journalism.
Sooo flattered. Wish I could make it. Darn the luck. Try to have fun without Da ‘Mutt. I know it will be tough.
How Obama Can Fight the Lies
‘The Illustrated Man’
Obama’s enemies have painted him as an alien threat. Can he fight the flight from facts?
Jonathan Alter - Newsweek
Farreed Zakaria Jumping to Time From Newsweek
Newsweek editor Jon Meacham is leaving the magazine after a deal is completed between the Washington Post Company and stereo magnate Sidney Harman.
…”In June I decided that I would use the ownership change as an occasion to move on,” Meacham said.Â ”I have been very fortunate to have worked for the Graham family, and when the Post Company made its decision it became clear to me that this was a good moment to make a change no matter who the buyer was.”
Meacham, himself, talked of pulling investors together shortly after the Post Company put Newsweek on the market. When The Upshot asked why he didn’t, Meacham responded: “I am pleased with this outcome for the magazine.”
(And neither is NEWSWEEK!)
Yes, we know, could it have taken us any longer to comment on this? (As Don Graham put it, “We have a company tradition of announcing news “after every other person already knows what it is.”) But just in case you didn’t hear, this is the official: Sidney Harman will be Newsweek’s new owner; Jon Meacham will step down. From the release:
No decision on who will replace Meacham has been made. Tom Ascheim, NEWSWEEK’s current chief executive officer, will remain in that role under the new ownership. The deal is expected to be concluded by the end of this month or early September.
“NEWSWEEK is a national treasure,” Harman said. “I am enormously pleased to be succeeding The Washington Post Company and the Graham family and look forward to this great journalistic, business, and technological challenge.”
And there you have it: future no longer TK. Looking forward to welcoming Mr. Harman to the building.
“Grit your teeth: Newsweek cover coming this weekend on “Saint Sarah”: Palin’s alleged feminist appeal and mama religious right.” - Greg Mitchell
Alter’s new book, The Promise, is out soon, and has some nice bits on Obama, Year One. An excerpt:
The first of 10 “AFPAK” meetings came on Sept. 13, when the president gathered 16 advisers in the Situation Room in the basement of the White House. This was to be the most methodical national-security decision in a generation. Deputy national-security adviser Tom Donilon had commissioned research that backed up an astonishing historical truth: neither the Vietnam War nor the Iraq War featured any key meetings where all the issues and assumptions were discussed by policymakers. In both cases the United States was sucked into war inch by inch.
The Obama administration was determined to change that. “For the past eight years, whatever the military asked for, they got,” Obama explained later. “My job was to slow things down.” The president had something precious in modern crisis management: time. “I had to put up with the ‘dithering’ arguments from Dick Cheney or others,” Obama said. “But as long as I wasn’t shaken by the political chatter, I had the time to work through all these issues and ask a bunch of tough questions and force people to sharpen their pencils until we arrived at the best possible solution.”