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Newsweek's Jon Meacham, good or bad?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by JayFarrar, Jun 2, 2010.

  1. JayFarrar

    JayFarrar Well-Known Member

    I don't know much about Jon Meacham, outside of him being Newsweek's editor and that he seems to be a camera whore.

    One of the board's betters, who no longer hangs out here much, had some dealings with him and called him one of the worst magazine editor's in the country.

    I know reading Newsweek, after its latest redesign has turned into a chore. No matter how good the copy, when the presentation is off that bad, it doesn't matter.

    So enter the NY Observer and they don't have much good to say:


    So now I wonder what others think?
  2. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    REALLY dislike the magazine, now. Enormous smuggery quotent, every time out.

    "What the people who matter . . . think".

    Meacham's idea of who matters -- and mine -- differ, markedly.

    When my sub lapses, I'm done.
  3. Alma

    Alma Well-Known Member

    I've stopped reading it. Half-baked opinions with half-baked conclusions and precious little sourcing.
  4. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    I'm not saying he's always wrong -- far from it -- but I really, REALLY need
    to know who elected Fareed Zakaria God.
  5. TigerVols

    TigerVols Well-Known Member

    I'd argue he's the wealthiest magazine editor in the nation. I bet his family's money tops the Forbes' and SI Newhouse's for sure -- which is why he's the frontrunner to buy the magazine from WaPo.

    He's part of the family that owns Chattem Drug -- aka Gold Bond Powder, FlexAll, IcyHot, Bullfrog, Selsun Blue and Aspercreme, among other Chattanooga products.

    I worked with Jon at the Chattanooga Times back in the day. Seemed like a nice enough Swanee kid to me.
  6. HejiraHenry

    HejiraHenry Well-Known Member

  7. John

    John Well-Known Member

    Chattem was bought for about $2 Billion in December. I'm guessing he and his family are doing fine.
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