'When will they ever learn?'

As a past reader and fan of Newsweek, I wasn't in the least surprised to hear the announcement that its owner, the Washington Post Company had put this once great magazine up for sale. In fact, my actual response was a grin and a muttered, "About time!" Back in my flying every week days, Newsweek was my constant companion, always a copy in my briefcase usually nestled in there with Time. I bought both at newsstand price almost every week for more than twenty years.

However, the last few of those twenty years, I began to realize that, as with the evening network news reports, Newsweek was no longer providing timely, well-written, news summaries, it was providing me with liberal Democrat Party talking points disguised as news coverage. I found myself becoming more disenchanted with the magazine's left-leaning content and less inclined to buy it at the airport newsstands. As Newsweek leaned further left and became an in-house Democrat organ, I leaned further away and went from buying it weekly to perhaps a monthly purchase if there was a particular item I wanted to read, and finally to nothing at all.

I have never understood how companies that want to do business with the entire country seem to think it's perfectly acceptable to insult more than half of their potential viewers/readership who lean conservative by slanting their material to reflect only the political views of the leftist minority of one political party. I think any true businessman will tell you this is not a sound marketing concept unless you actually desire to target only a niche market.

Just to further demonstrate how clueless he is, Jon Meacham, soon-to-be out-of-work editor, was on the Jon Stewart show where he arrogantly boasted,
"I do not believe that Newsweek is the only Catcher in the Rye between democracy and ignorance, but I think we're one of them," Meacham said. "And I don't think there are that many on the edge of that cliff."
See what I mean about insulting potential readers? In this lib's eyes, people like me who wouldn't buy his magazine's leftist pap are ignorant. Attaway, Jon, you just keep zinging those insults at all of us all the way out the door to well-deserved unemployment. If anyone has this country poised at the cliff's edge it's that jug-eared Kenyan who's become the permanent cover personality for Newsweek, not this conservative and the millions of others whose views I share.

So Newsweek becomes yet another venerable institution that goes down the tubes because of clueless liberalism. TIME may not be far behind for similar reasons although it never sold out completely to the left and the Democrats. Another sad casualty, the grand old National Geographic Magazine, which a wealthy aunt started me off on with a few annual subscriptions when I was a boy, became the blind, shrill Cindy Sheehan of  leftist environmentalism/global warming sufficient to leave this long-time reader cold enough to fail to renew my subscription after more than fifty years of readership. Instead of pictures of the earth's magnificent topography, they filled their pages with pictures of slums and starving refugees, noble indeed, but not the reason I purchased their product. To borrow a phrase from a lefty anti-war anthem:

"When will they ever learn, when will they ever learn?"


As a past reader and fan of Newsweek, I wasn't in the least surprised to hear the announcement that its owner, the Washington Post Company had put this once great magazine up for sale. In fact, my actual response was a grin and a muttered, "About time!" Back in my flying every week days, Newsweek was my constant companion, always a copy in my briefcase usually nestled in there with Time. I bought both at newsstand price almost every week for more than twenty years.

However, the last few of those twenty years, I began to realize that, as with the evening network news reports, Newsweek was no longer providing timely, well-written, news summaries, it was providing me with liberal Democrat Party talking points disguised as news coverage. I found myself becoming more disenchanted with the magazine's left-leaning content and less inclined to buy it at the airport newsstands. As Newsweek leaned further left and became an in-house Democrat organ, I leaned further away and went from buying it weekly to perhaps a monthly purchase if there was a particular item I wanted to read, and finally to nothing at all.

I have never understood how companies that want to do business with the entire country seem to think it's perfectly acceptable to insult more than half of their potential viewers/readership who lean conservative by slanting their material to reflect only the political views of the leftist minority of one political party. I think any true businessman will tell you this is not a sound marketing concept unless you actually desire to target only a niche market.

Just to further demonstrate how clueless he is, Jon Meacham, soon-to-be out-of-work editor, was on the Jon Stewart show where he arrogantly boasted,
"I do not believe that Newsweek is the only Catcher in the Rye between democracy and ignorance, but I think we're one of them," Meacham said. "And I don't think there are that many on the edge of that cliff."
See what I mean about insulting potential readers? In this lib's eyes, people like me who wouldn't buy his magazine's leftist pap are ignorant. Attaway, Jon, you just keep zinging those insults at all of us all the way out the door to well-deserved unemployment. If anyone has this country poised at the cliff's edge it's that jug-eared Kenyan who's become the permanent cover personality for Newsweek, not this conservative and the millions of others whose views I share.

So Newsweek becomes yet another venerable institution that goes down the tubes because of clueless liberalism. TIME may not be far behind for similar reasons although it never sold out completely to the left and the Democrats. Another sad casualty, the grand old National Geographic Magazine, which a wealthy aunt started me off on with a few annual subscriptions when I was a boy, became the blind, shrill Cindy Sheehan of  leftist environmentalism/global warming sufficient to leave this long-time reader cold enough to fail to renew my subscription after more than fifty years of readership. Instead of pictures of the earth's magnificent topography, they filled their pages with pictures of slums and starving refugees, noble indeed, but not the reason I purchased their product. To borrow a phrase from a lefty anti-war anthem:

"When will they ever learn, when will they ever learn?"


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