You know what also makes me happy? That I’m the first woman editor of Newsweek, which is very exciting. You know that in the 1970s, the women editors of Newsweek launched a lawsuit against the management because there were hardly any women doing anything of any consequence on the magazine. And women’s liberation took over and they hired the great lawyer, Eleanor Norton, and they went to battle for their rights. I feel that it - you know, a merger has created what the lawsuit couldn’t.
Time magazine will announce Thursday that Fareed Zakaria, a columnist for The Washington Post and Newsweek and editor of Newsweek’s international editon, has been named a contributing editor for Time and will write a column for the magazine every other week.
Farreed Zakaria Jumping to Time From Newsweek
(And neither is NEWSWEEK!)
Yes, we know, could it have taken us any longer to comment on this? (As Don Graham put it, “We have a company tradition of announcing news “after every other person already knows what it is.”) But just in case you didn’t hear, this is the official: Sidney Harman will be Newsweek’s new owner; Jon Meacham will step down. From the release:
No decision on who will replace Meacham has been made. Tom Ascheim, NEWSWEEK’s current chief executive officer, will remain in that role under the new ownership. The deal is expected to be concluded by the end of this month or early September.
“NEWSWEEK is a national treasure,” Harman said. “I am enormously pleased to be succeeding The Washington Post Company and the Graham family and look forward to this great journalistic, business, and technological challenge.”
And there you have it: future no longer TK. Looking forward to welcoming Mr. Harman to the building.
Alter’s new book, The Promise, is out soon, and has some nice bits on Obama, Year One. An excerpt:
The first of 10 “AFPAK” meetings came on Sept. 13, when the president gathered 16 advisers in the Situation Room in the basement of the White House. This was to be the most methodical national-security decision in a generation. Deputy national-security adviser Tom Donilon had commissioned research that backed up an astonishing historical truth: neither the Vietnam War nor the Iraq War featured any key meetings where all the issues and assumptions were discussed by policymakers. In both cases the United States was sucked into war inch by inch.
The Obama administration was determined to change that. “For the past eight years, whatever the military asked for, they got,” Obama explained later. “My job was to slow things down.” The president had something precious in modern crisis management: time. “I had to put up with the ‘dithering’ arguments from Dick Cheney or others,” Obama said. “But as long as I wasn’t shaken by the political chatter, I had the time to work through all these issues and ask a bunch of tough questions and force people to sharpen their pencils until we arrived at the best possible solution.”