December 4, 2010 |
In May, Barbara Harman, a retired Wellesley College English professor who runs her family's philanthropic foundation, got a call from her father. "Do you get the New York Times?" asked Sidney Harman, audio pioneer, arts philanthropist and self-described "trophy husband" of Jane Harman, the Democratic congresswoman from Venice. Take a look at the business section, Harman told his daughter. A story about potential buyers of financially imperiled Newsweek mentioned Harman as a suitor.
November 13, 2010 |
It's a familiar story: A seemingly mismatched pair falls for each other and ties the knot while some look on hopefully and others hold their breath. The merger of Newsweek magazine and the Daily Beast website, announced Friday, is a classic May-December marriage. Newsweek, 77 years old and recently purchased for a dollar by audio pioneer Sidney Harman, gets an infusion of energy and immediacy from the 2-year-old Beast and its irrepressible editor and co-founder, Tina Brown. The Daily Beast, part of media mogul Barry Diller's InterActive Corp.
November 9, 2010 |
Last year, when asked if he believed in American exceptionalism, President Obama responded, "I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism. " This reminded me of the wonderful scene in Pixar's "The Incredibles," in which the mom says "everyone's special" and her son replies, "Which is another way of saying no one is. " But at least the president made room for the sentiment that America is a special place, even if he chalked it up to a kind of benign provincialism.
October 6, 2010
After three decades of writing about the media for the Washington Post, Howard Kurtz is taking a new gig at Tina Brown's website, the Daily Beast. "After a lifetime in newspapers, I'm ready for the challenge of fast-paced online journalism," Kurtz said Tuesday. The Daily Beast describes his beat as "politics, media, and the intersection of the two. " Kurtz will continue his "Reliable Sources" show on CNN. Last month, Newsweek's Howard Fineman and the New York Times' Peter Goodman both signed on with the Beast's competitor, the Huffington Post.
August 29, 2010 |
For the Anglo-American "special relationship," this has been a summer of discontent. President Obama's harsh criticism of an oil company he pointedly called "British Petroleum" — though it changed its name to BP almost a decade ago — triggered outrage in certain quarters of London, with one top Conservative calling the president's remarks "xenophobic" and "despicable. " Add to that differences over foreign and economic policies, and you've got what experts say are significant strains in the alliance.
January 3, 2010 |
It's possible that she's hard on herself in private, but in public Tina Brown has never been one for self-doubt. A precocious magazine editor who breathed new life into the fusty Tatler (at age 25), Vanity Fair (at 30) and the venerable New Yorker (at 38), Brown's success was notable for many things, among them the envy it inspired and her prodigious talent for self-promotion. And then came Talk, the magazine, book and entertainment venture that was supposed to secure her place in the cultural firmament, starting with the scandalously decadent launch party she threw at the foot of the Statue of Liberty in August 1999.