Boycotting Newsweek

newsweek obamaBoycott Newsweek: Tina Brown Should Sell It; Al Gore Should Buy It; Women and Liberals Should Boycott It Until That Happens

All I can say after Tina Brown’s slanderous and scandalous attack on Barack Obama, written by Niall Ferguson, bannered on the cover of Brown’s now-disfigured remnant of what was once a great weekly news magazine, is: Poor Tina. Poor Newsweek. Poor journalism. My guess is things ain’t going so great with subscribers, advertising and revenue at Newsweek. In a previous incarnation of failure, Newsweek ran a cover of Sarah Palin in short pants, in a pathetic marketing play for the far right. Now Brown resorts to the old standby: Obamahate. What will she think of next week? Perhaps a beefcake shot of Paul Ryan while he attacks Medicare and a woman’s right to choose.

If things are so bad at Newsweek that Brown banners an attack against the president during a razor-thin election so full of misstatements, misrepresentations and misused out-of-context quotes that the writer should be flunking a history course, not teaching one, it is time for Brown to sell. Professor Ferguson should write and Ms. Brown should publish whatever they like to give the reader a diversity of viewpoints. But bannering second-rate sleaze on the cover of a second-rate magazine in a desperate ploy for eyeballs is a signal for Brown to start selling and readers to stop reading.

If Brown and Newsweek choose to become de facto allies of the war against women with cover stories such as “Hit the Road, Barack,” women (and liberals and environmentalists and laborers and gays) should respond: Count us out, Brown.” And for suckers who subsidized the sleaze of this cover story, don’t forget to ask for a refund.

Who better to buy what is left of Newsweek than Al Gore? Gore could sell a lot of subscriptions and win a lot of eyeballs by turning Newsweek into the homepage of high-quality journalism, bringing the best minds in the world to write about the attacks against the planet, women, workers and justice by those Tina Brown shamelessly helps in her sad ploy for dollars in her desperate cover story.

Brent BudowskyThe way Brown and her marketing mavens seek eyeballs through junk of interest to the right, she needn’t do the beefcake cover of Paul Ryan attacking Medicare and choice for women. If she sends a photographer in the vicinity of the Sea of Galilee, sooner or later a Republican congressman will show up to show off his wares.

Brent Budowsky
The Hill

Posted: Friday, 24 August 2012


  1. like-mind says

    The uproar ought to be the “missatements, misrepresentations and misused our-of-context quotes”, not the Obamahate. Citing Paul Krugman:
    ‘There are multiple errors and misrepresentations in Niall Ferguson’s cover story in Newsweek — I guess they don’t do fact-checking — but this is the one that jumped out at me. Ferguson says:”The president pledged that health-care reform would not add a cent to the deficit. But the CBO and the Joint Committee on Taxation now estimate that the insurance-coverage provisions of the ACA will have a net cost of close to $1.2 trillion over the 2012–22 period.”Readers are no doubt meant to interpret this as saying that CBO found that the Act will increase the deficit. But anyone who actually read, or even skimmed, theCBO report (pdf) knows that it found that the ACA would reduce, not increase, the deficit — because the insurance subsidies were fully paid for.’

  2. Vincent De Stefano says

    Not having read said article I might have appreciated some examples the “misstatements, misrepresentations and misused out-of-context quotes” with well stated facts to rebut them, rather than what apperars to be an ad hominem attack. As progressives we need to hold ourselves to a higher standad of journalistic ethics. This article fails on that account.

    • says

      This MIGHT have been a good commentary IF, and only IF, therfe was commentary from the otgehr side of the issue. This article alone shows a distinct newsmagazine bias. The facts are sketchy, the logic weak. The intent is that it is not seen as commentary, but as a NEWS article in a NEWS magazine. Even the lamest of dailies note an article as COMMENTARY.

    • says

      I’m with Vincent. I’d appreciate some examples of these misstatements, misrepresentations, and misused out-of-context quotes. It hardly seems reasonable to make such a claim without including a single example.

      This link was sent to me, and I don’t know Brent Budowsky or his reputation. While I don’t completely doubt his claims, as there are a lot of misrepresentations of Obama in the “news,” you’ll have to forgive me for not just taking him at his word as far as this article is concerned. For all I know, he actually secretly WANTS me to buy Newsweek to see if his accusations are true.

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