FROM Steven Fishman
Newsweek Merges with Daily Beast The venerable Newsweek magazine was sold by the Washington Post this year for one dollar. The buyer was 92-year old audio-components maker Sidney Harman, who also picked up $47million in liabilities. Now Newsweek has joined up with the two-year-old website, edited by Tina Brown. The Daily Beast needs credibility. Newsweek needs new media energy. Can Brown accomplish the synergy to keep them both alive? Steve Fishman is contributing editor at New York magazine.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.
After Syria strike a new Trump doctrine emerges The President who promised an end to entanglements in the Middle East and snuggled up to Vladimir Putin has now outraged Russia with surprise missile attacks on Syria. That's raised questions about who's running the White House? We hear a variety of answers.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."