A once great newsweekly grows weaker and weaker.
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What if you didn’t like the great center? “Like” wasn’t required. Some education was, nevertheless; some interest in topics capable of being drawn out at length rather than briefly slapped on the rear end and sent off to make way for more topics. Nor was Time afraid to bring up particular topics on the mere ground that they weren’t on the blogs, there being no blogs then, nor disposition on the part of Time’s editors to imagine the audience, not the editors, drove the train.
Time’s editors, the all-seeing Henry Luce at their head, certainly drove, certainly pronounced, certainly declared and affirmed. Now, at Time, they ask. Questions and queries fill the new Time: Tell us what you want to know and we’ll find out, that sort of thing; the thing that journalists in all occupations spend more and more precious time and space doing, wondering all the while whether it’s good enough. It may not be. Authority isn’t popular in modern America, but you can’t do without it for long, a point the present mess in Washington, D.C., over economic policy illuminates and reinforces. Backward our minds yet may reel to dimensions of experience when taste and judgment were stronger things than whim and gee-I-dunno-what-do-you-think?
No one ever had to ask Henry Luce what he thought. You paid him to tell you—and you ended up kind of liking it.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?