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Newsweek Cover Lowers Standards, Tina Brown To Blame

March 24, 2011

I am not on some moralistic kick today, nor do I feel in any way like a curmudgeon.    Instead I am just repeating a long-time gripe I have about the lowest common denominator always making inroads.

I hate when that happens.  My readers should too.

This time the dumbing down happened on the cover of the latest Newsweek magazine which arrived in my mail yesterday.

I come from the old-school notion that an expletive marked out in ‘bleeping’ marks is just not professional anywhere, and certainly does not meet journalistic standards that I expect to see from a weekly newsmagazine.

Newsweek has arrived in my mailbox, regardless of where I lived, since early 1980.   I have stuck with the magazine’s comings-and-goings of management, and editors over the decades.  I never left them as all news cable channels and the internet made for huge changes in how news was obtained.

I always felt I was gaining some information, and certainly an entertainment value with my subscription.

What I do not pay money for however, is to be treated like some 15-year-old who requires juvenile attempts to make me open the cover.

While I am aware that Tina Brown, the new Editor in Chief, is trying to recharge the weekly, I must be candid and say I am not impressed.  She will be, mark my words, the reason Newsweek ceases to be a publication.  It is already verging  on the doorstep of no longer being a serious one.

If dumbing down Newsweek is supposed to endear long-time readers such as myself to her cause she is sadly mistaken.

The money I allow for magazine purchases can be used elsewhere.

One Comment
  1. March 24, 2011 6:05 PM

    I’m disappointed too…I miss some of the writers and the dignity of the layout.

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