Why the Pundits Don’t Like the New Newsweek

David Sessions asked for my comments and this is what I told him. I think it would have improved his piece but he didn’t agree, and that’s his right!

Here’s how I’ve doped it out. Newsweek says, “we’d like to be more like The Economist, they’re doing well enough.” But The Economist has a point of view and it expresses that point of view in un-bylined articles. Now Newsweek doesn’t have the balls to do that; this would remove it from the club: the American press club. So it settles for a fall back philosophy: “provocative without being partisan.” And that’s how you get this awful mix of the sensational and the contrarian.