Is Tina Brown trying to balance the “wimp” cover a few weeks back? Has one sliver of the ‘liberal’ MSM finally decided to question his Holiness Obama? Or is Ms. Brown merely doing what she does best…forcing us to pay attention.
The featured piece by Niall Ferguson is a thorough assault on the Obama years.
Welcome to Obama’s America: nearly half the population is not represented on a taxable return—almost exactly the same proportion that lives in a household where at least one member receives some type of government benefit. We are becoming the 50–50 nation—half of us paying the taxes, the other half receiving the benefits.
It gets more damning after that.
Ferguson uses Obama’s economic team against him, slams Obama’s ‘hug a foreigner’ campaign, and pounds his misreading of the Arab Spring. Remarkably for a magazine like Newsweek, Mrs. Clinton is not blamed for anything, nor are the usual excuses about Obama’s “situation” trotted out. Obama is no leader and Ferguson says so. In Newsweek. When I first saw the cover I was sure it was a photoshopped joke. Old guard media going after Obama? Nah…not possible. But the cover is real.
Are we seeing an American Media Spring? Are the shackles of Obama hypnotism being thrown off by the 4th estate? I doubt it. Ferguson is an accomplished intellectual and a good writer. Brown, who’s still an underrated magazine editor, collects people like Ferguson. Brown is smart enough to know the piece he wrote would land somewhere. She made the most of it by splashing it across Newsweek’s cover. The shock isn’t the headline here – it’s the masthead. Brown is good.
We’ll only discuss the cover for two days or so. Still, Newsweek matters for 2 days. This is an accomplishment. It’s not likely to happen again.
Personally, imagining the flushed faces at places like Talking Points Memo as they process the possibility of the Obama media protection wall disintegrating at any moment is, well….priceless.