WHY SOME PEOPLE NOW CALL IT “NEWSWEAK”

Remember Newsweek?  Like Time, it used to be a pre-eminent weekly news magazine.  And, like Time, it was essentially destroyed by the internet.  So precipitous was its fall that, in 2010, the magazine was sold to then-Representative Jane Harman’s husband, stereo equipment manufacturer Sidney Harman, for the sum of $1 – and his absorption of the magazines huge debts.

Newsweek, again, along with Time, had, for years and years, been considered by many on the right to be a strongly Democrat-partisan publication.  There was considerable justification for their belief.

And, in case you think things have changed since the $1 sale, I would like to show you the first three paragraphs of Carol Riaffa’s article from its current edition, which speculates on a typical day at the office for President Hillary Clinton:

Hillary Clinton sits behind the resolute desk in the Oval Office, pulling out a large blue binder and a jar of hot peppers—her typical snack as the leader of the free world. It’s 9:30 p.m., and madam president spent the day successfully rallying House Republicans and Democrats behind a health care bill that will improve upon her predecessor’s landmark initiative, the Affordable Care Act. The bill passed an hour ago, but she isn’t anywhere near done fulfilling her duties to the American people.

“I won’t be taking any more calls,” Clinton tells senior adviser Huma Abedin, who is walking toward the door near the grandfather clock. “I want to look through these Russian sanctions one more time. Tell Bill not to wait up for me.”

Abedin, leaning on the half-open door to one of the most powerful rooms in the world, gives one last look at the president before leaving the White House. “You did a good job today, Madam President.”

“Who runs the world?” Clinton asks, positioning her glasses higher on her head as she stares down at her documents.

“Girls. Girls run the world,” Abedin responds, closing the door and leaving the president to her work. 

I apologize to anyone who is now having trouble holding down his/her last meal.

But I accept thank-yous from anyone who, until reading this, wondered why so many people now semi-jokingly refer to it as “Newsweak”.

If this is the, er, droppings, they publish, you need wonder no more.

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