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Is this the modern equivalent of "If LBJ has lost Walter Cronkite, he's lost the nation"? Granted, it's probably too strong to say Newsweek has defected -- they're just printed one story by a man who worked for the McCain campaign? I mean, come on, when was this guy ever gonna vote for Obama?

Still, the magazine did highlight on its cover an article that includes this:

Why does Paul Ryan scare the president so much? Because Obama has broken his promises, and it’s clear that the GOP ticket’s path to prosperity is our only hope.

This is the magazine that had the "We are all socialists now" cover and, more recently, borrowed from its own past George H.W. Bush issue to worry about Romney and the wimp factor. Hey, maybe they're just playing with us. Nah, that wouldn't be fair or civil, and we know how important such things are to them.

Looking desperately for a circulation boost, maybe?

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Rebecca Mallory
Mon, 08/20/2012 - 4:07pm

Wow, I wonder if that makes them racist.

Forward.

littlejohn
Tue, 08/21/2012 - 6:57am

Leo, you, of all people, should understand that a column does not necessarily express the views of the periodical that publishes it. In fact, Newsweek has admitted it did not fact-check the article in question, and seems to be tip-toeing away from it.

This is largely in response to a scathing attack by Paul Krugman, here:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/20/paul-krugman-niall-ferguson-newsweek_n_1810136.html

Harl Delos
Tue, 08/21/2012 - 1:28pm

Leo wrote "I mean, come on, when was this guy ever gonna vote for Obama?"

Seems to me that you're out of step.  These days, being honest isn't what "Fair and Salanced" is all about.

My grandfather subscribed to the Chicago Tribune and wouldn't allow the News-Sentinel in the house, much less the J-G.  Grandma had to go next door to read the grocery ads.  After all, Oscar Foellinger started out as business manager of the Journal-Gazette before the News and Sentinel merged, so he was kinda suspect.  Granpa died before Helene was even a reporter, so who knows what he'd have thought of the News-Sentinel by the time his son and daughter-in-law were reporters.

Bus my grandmother went to the grave, bitterly complaining that Richard Nixon had been railroaded.  I suspect she'd say you're a little suspect in your political leanings.

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