"We have to figure out what journalism is going to be as the old business model collapses all around us ... "And I want to be--I want to try to be--a part of that undertaking. Will it work? Who the hell knows. But I'm at least going to look at this ... I'm not living in a fantasy 1965 world ... This is not a Mad Men romanticism about the news magazine. I'm entirely realistic about our prospects for economic success and the possibilities of finding a consistent audience for our journalism. These are incredibly difficult questions. That said, I believe it is a worth a good long look to see how the Newsweek--call it what you will--platform, big tent, whatever fits into a world that I think needs some common ground. I'm not saying that we're the only catcher in the rye standing between an informed public and the end of democracy. That's self-involved. But I defy you to make a compelling argument that the country is going to be better off with fewer places like this."
There will, for the most part, be two kinds of stories in the new NEWSWEEK. The first is the reported narrative—a piece, grounded in original observation and freshly discovered fact, that illuminates the important and the interesting. The second is the argued essay—a piece, grounded in reason and supported by evidence, that makes the case for something.
As noted, the rag can't die soon enough. But listen to Meacham himself, who's a model of journalistic hubris in his interview with Jon Stewart last night:
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