Hostess Bakers union, Newsweek editors and the liberal lemming phenomenon.
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What did Bradlee do? Take this mammoth scoop and put it on the cover of Newsweek? Nah. Instead his wife destroyed the diary — and Newsweek readers, not to mention the larger world, were none-the-wiser. Until 1976 when a third party who had seen the diary gave the story to, yes, The National Enquirer. In his memoirs Bradlee confessed that every word of the story was true, that he detested the fact the story had ever seen the light of day and had zero regrets about trying to kill it.
Incident Two revolved around President Bill Clinton. The famous story of Clinton’s affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky was a Newsweek scoop, the result of the efforts of the magazine’s investigative reporter Michael Isikoff. The problem? Newsweek editors in 1998, employing precisely the liberal instinct that seized Bradlee and his JFK scoop, spiked the story. This time, however, the results were very different. Why? The Internet’s Matt Drudge got a hold of the fact that Newsweek had this explosive story about the President — and had spiked it. Drudge promptly ran it on the Drudge Report — and the rest, as they say, was history.
The point? Newsweek over time earned for itself the reputation not, as its very name “Newsweek” implied, of being a magazine that would report the truth and then analyze. To the contrary it started down a slippery path of deliberately not telling the truth in order to protect its favored liberals of the day, or just skewing the news against conservatives — i.e., part of its readership base.
Over time, this became understood by the general reading public — and conservative readers stopped buying Newsweek. Presented with innumerable opportunities to right the ship, to restore the magazine to what might be called a “fair and balanced” publication, Newsweek’s editors simply insisted on saying something no one believed: that they had no liberal bias.
Back in 2009, the then managing editor of Newsweek, Jon Meacham, appeared on The O’Reilly Factor. O’Reilly grilled him about the magazine’s decidedly visible left-wing tilt, visibly incredulous at the response:
Meacham: “No, I don’t — We’re not a partisan magazine. We’re just not.”
O’Reilly: “Come on.”
Meacham: “We’re not. We try to be provocative. We try to break news. We try to contribute to the conversation. You can decide whether we do or not.”
At the time, the magazine had made a big deal of actor Mel Gibson’s marital problems. As NewsBusters pointed out, when O’Reilly challenged Meacham on this the pose of the non-partisan instantly vanished. Why was Gibson’s marriage fair game for Newsweek?
Meacham: “The — Gibson’s a literalist, he’s a conservative. And he was part of the popular culture, he put himself out there.”
O’Reilly: ” (Leftwinger) Sean Penn has had recent marital trouble, I didn’t see that on Sean….Don’t you think that’s a little unfair, Jon?”
Meacham: “No, I don’t.”
So Newsweek kept right on using the magazine advertised as straight news to showcase the latest liberal personality or cause of the moment while not so subtly sticking it to the leading conservatives of the day like Mel Gibson. As the advertisers stopped coming back, as the readership plummeted, the editors’ effective answer to change, as Meacham personified in that O’Reilly appearance, was not only “no” but “hell no.”
Results: Twinkicide. Death by liberalism. Newsweek in print will soon be no more.
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