It appears Newsweek will not leave The Washington Post Company quietly. At least its Tumblr blog won't.
The first graphs are below with Tumblr edits in bold:
Howard--saw your latest piece on Newsweek; our edits below. Best, N
While journalists get into the business for various reasons -- vicarious thrills, investigative zeal, outsize ego -- ultimately they're at the mercy of the marketplace.[ED-as opposed to who? Bricklayers? Florists? Bond traders? This lede is a pretty obvious cliché, Howard; pls rework] And that marketplace seems ['Seems' is pretty squishy. Has the marketplace sent a message or not?] to have sent a very discouraging message to Newsweek.
The edited verison ends this way:
With their silence, Post executives are playing by the cloistered rules of investment bank Allen & Co., apparently concerned that premature disclosure might spook some bidders. The result is a conventional wisdom, to use a phrase popularized by Newsweek, that the magazine smells like a loser. [Ah, the classic newsmagazine kicker, in which you sum up your case as if it were fact. Sadly, we don't buy it. This is a straw argument, and a thin one at that. It's true that things don't look good for Newsweek; only a fool would argue that this company's in great shape. But there's a lot of daylight between acknowledging that and claiming, as you do, that “the magazine smells like a loser,” especially if you provide very little evidence to back up your words. Please rework, and get back to us. Cheers, N].
Kurtz responded in an e-mail to me, stating: “It's sad that some folks at Newsweek have gotten so thin-skinned and defensive. I'm the one who broke through the lazy narrative by reporting there were more bidders that haven't been publicly identified. I want Newsweek to survive as much as anyone, but the hard truth is that the outlook is rather bleak, which is why stars like Mike Isikoff are bailing out.”
Not a happy family.