At 9:55 a.m. this morning, The Daily Beast’s Howard Kurtz broke the news on Twitter that Frank Foer was stepping down as editor of The New Republic. Twelve minutes later, he posted a micro-obituary of the man’s tenure. “Foer out: His worst moment as New Republic editor was running unproven allegations from soldier in Iraq Read More
By Nick Summers 12/08/10 2:46am
In the beginning, DealBook was a newsletter with links to that morning’s Times, and then, when DealBook became a blog, it was a place for the newspaper to compete on news that broke during the day and would be too late for tomorrow’s edition. Now, a re-re-launched third iteration of DealBook has for the past Read More
By Nick Summers 12/07/10 10:19pm
Newsweek staffers are rejoicing this evening, as a memo from owner Sidney Harman tells them that they may not have to work out of their new, but deeply unliked, offices at 7 Hanover Square for long.
As recently as March 30, 2011, Mr. Harman wrote, it “may be possible to accommodate the combined Read More
By Nick Summers 12/06/10 4:38pm
Dexter Filkins, a star war correspondent for The New York Times, is heading to The New Yorker, a person familiar with the situation tells The Observer.
“I love the New York Times, and I’m hugely grateful for all they’ve done for me. I’ll miss everyone there very much. The New Yorker has offered me a Read More
By Nick Summers 12/02/10 9:20pm
Rebecca Dana, a senior correspondent at The Daily Beast, has been tapped to rework the front of the book at the new Newsweek once the two publications’ merger has been completed, sources tell The Observer, and she is likely to edit the section when the title relaunches in February. Ms. Dana came to the Beast Read More
By Nick Summers 12/01/10 2:40am
The Daily is the most exciting news media start-up of the millennium!
The Daily is doomed. A horrible venture from a horrible man.
On the sleek iPad, it is indescribably magical to touch the news.
Apple is a fascist censor with onerous terms.
News Corp. is paying journalists, and paying them well!
You can’t cover Read More
By Nick Summers 11/23/10 4:12am
Howard Mittman is a big boy. Emphasis on big, emphasis on boy: 6-foot-3 and 240-ish, poured well into a black Zegna suit, but disarmingly mild, with a cherubic expression and none of the murderous drive you might expect to find in the publisher and vice president of Wired.
Last Thursday, at the launch party for Read More
By Nick Summers 11/17/10 3:57am
Tina Brown was in a state. It was Tuesday morning, Nov. 9, and the Daily Beast editor was in Barry Diller’s office at IAC headquarters on the West Side. Talks with Sidney Harman about merging the site with his recently acquired Newsweek were back on–big time–and to Ms. Brown, they teetered on the brink of Read More
By Nick Summers 11/12/10 8:45pm
Tina Brown met separately with the staffs of The Daily Beast and Newsweek today, just hours after a merger between the two very different publications was completed. Details of the combined entity, to be known officially as The Newsweek Daily Beast Company, are beginning to emerge.
By Nick Summers 11/11/10 11:53pm
Newsweek and The Daily Beast will announce tomorrow morning that the two publications will merge, a source close to the deal tells The Observer.
It will be a 50-50 merger of the two companies. The editorial staffs will combine under the editorship of Tina Brown, who will again run a high-profile glossy.
Newsweek owner Sidney Read More