The Daily Beast
Kurtz has had a bad week. He's come under the kind of fire even Brown doesn't like to get burned by, for a column that was retracted completely today after several rounds of modifications yesterday afternoon.
The British citizen and long-time Brooklynite began working with Brown as a contributing columnist at the Daily Beast after spending time as an assistant managing editor at The Wall Street Journal and as New York bureau chief of The Times of London.
On the last day of this year, outliving the universe by 10 days if the Mayan calendar was correct, the print edition of Newsweek will be no more, making the 80-year-old dentist's waiting-room staple the latest in a long line of victims of changing reader habits, the high cost of print and a Darwinian newsstand.(353)
"The sad moment has arrived when we must go forth with the editorial staff reductions that we discussed in person with all of you several weeks ago."
Tina Brown announced three promotions this morning at the Newsweek Daily Beast Company, which is preparing to replaced the Newsweek print edition with a digital-only title called Newsweek Global.
The storm after the storm: Returning to the office, champagne in hand, 'Newsweek' staff awaits the ax
"With Sandy and the election and the Hero Summit, everyone has been so distracted," said one insider. "But now that we're all back, everyone will start thinking" about the anticipated layoffs.(1)
On this morning's IAC third-quarter earnings call, company chairman Barry Diller addressed last week's bombshell news that Newsweek will eliminate its print edition starting in 2013.(1)
Capital has learned that Rebecca Dana, previously a senior editor at Newsweek and one of the magazine's young stars, left the magazine last month to work on a book for Amy Einhorn at Penguin/Putnam. Her first book, a memoir called Jujitsu Rabbi and the Godless Blonde, is due out from Penguin/Putnman in January and covers her time working for Brown. (Further departures, as well as layoffs, are expected, and if you know of any, please drop us a line!)
Yesterday, my colleague Joe Pompeo called up Newsweek to ask whether the company was planning to issue any corrections or clarifications of Niall Ferguson's cover story, "Hit the Road Barack," in which countless manipulations and outright misrepresentations are marshaled in favor of an argument against Barack Obama's reelection.(5)
This week, the cover of the international edition of Newsweek is a black-and-white portrait of Michael Bloomberg. There's a lot of black space around his extremely contemplative-looking profile.
The type is very small, given the space it might have taken, and reads "MICHAEL BLOOMBERG'S PLANS FOR WORLD DOMINATION," with the last two words set apart in slightly larger type, and in red, where the rest of the text is white.(1)
Each day, the New York tabloids vie to sell readers at the newsstands on outrageous headlines, dramatic photography, and, occasionally, great reporting. Who is today's winner?
Tina Brown's inaugural issue of Newsweek has been on stands for a couple of days now. She's getting an intense version of the usual mix of fawning praise and abject nastiness you usually get when you try to do something, so like the two ends of a string bean. If she's smart, she'll snap those responses off and cook with what's in the middle.