HOW THIS ALL WENT DOWN
PUBLISH BUTTON BLOOPER REEL
Remember that time Newsweek magazine was put up for sale by The Washington Post and then “saved” by then-91-year-old stereo magnate Sidney Harman (of the wonderful line of audio/visual products Harman + Kardon)? Well, less than two years ago, that actually happened. Now, that era is over, as the Harman family is done investing in Newsweek. As a result, IAC is now a majority owner, with a print publication on its books. How, exactly, did any of this happen in the first place?
off the record
In a piece entitled “The 2012 Pulitzer Prize Winners: Who’s Who,” it would seem The Daily Beast—our time’s great chronicler of overwrought ceremonies in which people are celebrated like accomplished swine and/or oversized root vegetables—has inexplicably published the winners of the 2012 Pulitzer Prizes, an entire hour before the rest of the world gets them!
And who, pray tell, pulled the Pulitzers?
Over the past two years, while most American coverage of the Meredith Kercher murder case either played the story straight or raised questions about the competence of the Italian justice system, Tina Brown’s The Daily Beast followed the lead of the British tabloids, dishing on the sexual proclivities and bizarre comportment of Amanda Knox, sometimes Read More
If you thought photoshopping a dead royal on the cover of Newsweek to advertise the most offensive foray by a major American magazine into fan fiction was progressive, well, you should see their chairs.
The Daily Transom
Although they had a rocky start to the season (and a broken nose), the team’s stats are now giving Tina Brown reason to celebrate the merger (recently christened again by the recent redirect of Newsweek‘s site to the belly of the Beast). Before The Daily Beast and Newsweek merged, they Read More
It’s been a while since the general public pondered on the public spectacle that was Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag. Not sure we really missed them, to be honest. But in a joint interview with The Daily Beast today, they’ve come out of hiding to reveal that they are penniless and crashing with Read More
“Are Red-Haired Women ‘Evil’?” –The Daily Beast, July 2011, a seven-slide slideshow that fails to come down on either side of the question (descriptors used: “shock of wild red hair”)
“Caught Redheaded,” –The Daily, July 2011, a collage of famous redheads in which only modern-day Cyndi Lauper looks even slightly evil Read More
Susanna Schrobsdorff, former editorial director of Newsweek Digital, recently spoke to The Transom about a group of fellow newsweek.com alumnis’ booze cruise around Manhattan this Saturday (as first reported in the Eight-Day Week). “The last round of people in the buyout group just left,” Ms. Schrobsdorff, who departed the company in December 2010, said Read More
The Empire Strikes Back
Apparently in honor of April Fool’s Day, Meghan McCain posted what, if it were longer and showed evidence of consistent thought patterns, we might call a “screed” on The Daily Beast. HBO is making a film, Game Change, about the 2008 election. Recalling the creation of the 2008 book Game Change, upon which Read More
Tina Brown has made good, in her way, on her promise to decode “crackling, confusing digital dots”: Newsweek this week synthesizes Charlie Sheen’s every manic Ustream with Bret Easton Ellis’s theory, long promulgated over Twitter, of “Empire” and “post-Empire” entertainments. Mr. Ellis, whose piece is live on Read More