Tina Brown weighs in on Newsweek Bitcoin cover

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Tina Brown. (Bloomberg)
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Tina Brown was no stranger to controversial cover stories during her editorship of Newsweek.

So it makes sense that she would weigh in on this week's Newsweek cover, the first in print since's Brown's flailing iteration of the title went digital-only in early 2013.

The high-profile feature, by Leah McGrath Goodman, purports to unmask the elusive founder of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto.

The man Goodman identified, however, denies that he was behind the rising crypto-currency, and now media-watchers are debating whether Newsweek should have hedged its headline-making scoop.

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Newsweek isn't backing down. “Standing by our story," editor-in-chief Jim Impoco told Gawker.

UPDATE: Newsweek has issued a more thorough statement on the piece: "Ms. Goodman’s reporting was motivated by a search for the truth surrounding a major business story, absent any other agenda. The facts as reported point toward Mr. Nakamoto’s role in the founding of Bitcoin."

But what if they did get it wrong?

"That would be rough," Brown said today during an interview with Bloomberg TV. "All I can think of is I'm so glad I'm not the editor of Newsweek."

Still, Brown said she's "very supportive of their desire to get a print product out. I actually always thought there should have been a print component to the digital Newsweek. A small print component. But it is very hard. The ship's sailed. It really is a hard thing to bring it back. However, I do wish them well because I want every magazine that is out there to survive."

Earlier this week, Brown tweeted, "Love #Newsweek going back 2 print! Always thought should have small targeted print run. Cover franchise a golden asset...good luck @jimpoco."

You can watch two clips from Brown's Bloomberg TV segment below: