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Enough, already

Newsweek arrived in the mail yesterday with the cover featuring Kate Middleton walking down the street next to Princess Diana, a photo doctored to approximate what Diana would look like today if she had lived. It contrives to be both tacky and creepy.

I’ve had enough. They’ve let my subscription run past expiration—a traditional trick to keep the numbers looking good—and I am going to have to write to them to demand that they stop it. There’s no point in giving Tina Brown any further encouragement.

A reader commented yesterday trying to goad me into writing about Denise Whiting’s temporary restraining order against one of her tormentors. I don’t know the specifics of Ms. Whiting’s complaint or of the defense the gentleman will make to a judge, so I have no grounds to comment. It might be interesting to explore the grounds of the gentleman’s obsession with Ms. Whiting, but I lack training in abnormal psychology.

I’ve had enough with this particular pointless dispute, and so, evidently, have a number of my readers.

Gannett’s website offers this encouraging statement: “At Gannett, you can build skills and knowledge while having fun at one of the best companies in the world. We have a variety of programs that can help get you started or take your career to the next level.”

This is the same corporation that dropped 700 people over the side last week. Two years ago, the corporation eliminated 1,400 jobs. So for many, the “next level” is the state unemployment office. Meanwhile, Gannett Blog points out that the CEO, Craig Dubow, was rewarded last year for his exceptional stewardship with pay of $9.4 million.

Fortunately, I had had enough of Gannett twenty-five years ago when I made my escape.



Posted by John McIntyre at 11:01 AM | | Comments (1)


Clearly, the official conflation of Newsweek, and the web site, The Daily Beast, awhile back, w/ the taste-challenged, opportunistic ex-pat Brit, Tina Brown, at the editorial helm of both these struggling media platforms, has, in my mind, lead to the devaluation, and quasi-tabloidization of the former....... a sad, but possibly predictable turn of event, considering Newsweek's once highly regarded status in the weekly print news reporting, analysis, and commentary biz. Time and Newsweek being the twin standard-bearers in this niche journalistic market for so many decades.

I happen to have subscribed to Newsweek for going on roughly four years, and frankly was heartened by the new-and-improved aesthetic, overall look, and better readability of the magazine since its almost total revamp from last fall. Admittedly, Tina Brown likely played a major role in this graphics/ layout reconfiguration. Some credit is due there.

Prior to this latest revamp, sadly much of the editorial content of the magazine had a decidedly print advertising look about it. So many of the feature articles, (and even the Table of Contents page), opened w/ a pictorial page, or full spread that initially smacked of 'adver', creating a sense of confusion in the reader, i.e., Is that an ad, or an article kind of ambiguity. IMO, there was far too much dropping out of type, or the superimposing of copy over a full page, margin-to-margin photo. Not very reader-friendly.

Thankfully, 'the new look', is much cleaner, clearer, w/ a solid visual distinction between what is editorial, and what's an advertisement.

Now, re/ Tina Brown's July 4th edition photoshopped Newsweek cover of the late Princess Diana strolling along side a perky Kate Middleton, plus the attendant article, in part, speculating possible back-and-forth tweets between Lady Di and her son William (if she had lived), I find totally beyond the pale, tasteless to the extreme, very unprofessional, and down-right repugnant.

The ambitious Tina Brown, as much as she tries to pan herself off as a serious journalist, IMHO, is deep-down, a sleazy, tabloid provocateur who bottom-line will stoop as low into the gutter as humanly possible to maximize media buzz, while hoping to attract more subscribers to her two current media 'darlings'.

Frankly, I hope the negative push-back on this fake Di brewing fiasco is humongous, and Newsweek subscribers voice their disapproval, en mass, and follow up w/ action------canceling their subscriptions if they truly feel Newsweek, under Brown's leadership has lost its moral compass.

I'm sure The Royals are steaming PO-ed over this tawdry Newsweek dreck, and so they should be.


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John McIntyre, mild-mannered editor for a great metropolitan newspaper, has fussed over writers’ work, to sporadic expressions of gratitude, for thirty years. He is The Sun’s night content production manager and former head of its copy desk. He also teaches editing at Loyola University Maryland. A former president of the American Copy Editors Society, a native of Kentucky, a graduate of Michigan State and Syracuse, and a moderate prescriptivist, he writes about language, journalism, and arbitrarily chosen topics. If you are inspired by a spirit of contradiction, comment on the posts or write to him at
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