Newsweek editor Jon Meacham has announced that he wants to turn the magazine into a journal of liberal opinion with a smaller circulation. I’m not sure that readers will be able to tell the difference between the Newsweek of recent years and the forthcoming “journal of liberal opinion,” but to the extent they notice any change, it’s a sure bet that circulation will decline.
The “new Newsweek” is exemplified by Meacham’s decision to turn an issue over to comedian Stephen Colbert as a guest editor. And also by the latest swoon by long-time Newsweek lefty Evan Thomas, who, on “Hardball,” proclaimed Barack Obama a “sort of God”:
THOMAS: … Obama is ‘we are above that now.’ We’re not just parochial, we’re not just chauvinistic, we’re not just provincial. We stand for something – I mean in a way Obama’s standing above the country, above – above the world, he’s sort of God. He’s-
THOMAS: He’s going to bring all different sides together.
Yes, that’s Obama all right–“standing above the world.” Good Lord. Reporters are often compared to teen-age girls with crushes on Obama, but, as the father of three present, former or about-to-be teen-age girls, I object to the analogy. I personally have never seen a teen-age girl make a fool of herself over a boy the way many–most–mainstream reporters have over Barack Obama.
UPDATE: Heh. National Review is on the case, with this parody Newsweek cover: