Newsweek Inches Closer to The Economist, But Does Editor Jon Meacham Like The Economist?

As you may know, Newsweek is planning to cut its rate base and the number of staffers and change its look. The Wall Street Journal reports that it’ll look a lot more like The Economist, every American editors’ favorite magazine to copy.

But does Jon Meacham even like The Economist? He didn’t have nice things to say back in February to a room full of Columbia j-school students.

“It’s the most talked about and least read magazine,” he said at the time.

“I’ve got people out there risking their lives right now,” he continued. “The Economist is not, by the way …”

He also seemed to think the magazine was pretentious. After a j-school student, clad in a black turtleneck, said that he preferred The Economist to Newsweek, Mr. Meacham bristled.

“The success of The Economist—the fact that you read it, a black-turtlenecked guy at Columbia,” Mr. Meacham said, before trailing off and complaining how difficult it is to draw in young readers for Newsweek.

Newsweek Inches Closer to The Economist, But Does Editor Jon Meacham Like The Economist?