Newsweek Magazine stopping publication ADDED Reviews of new book Death of Liberalism

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    Jul 26, 2012 5:08 PM GMT
    Newsweek Killed Itself, By Jeffrey Lord on 7.26.12 @ 9:05AM

    Back in the Stone Age of 2010, we wrote of Newsweek and the canary in the coal mine. In short, we said Newsweek magazine was "gasping for financial breath."

    And now?

    Our friends at Newsmax have now officially reported the inevitable: Newsweek -- the print version -- is dead. Dead as the proverbial doornail.


    Multiples of reasons, some of which we discussed back in the Stone Age of 2010. But in sum?

    Liberalism is dying. This is Bob Tyrrell's point in The Death of Liberalism.

    Make no mistake: Newsweek was struggling for two reasons: the Internet -- and the self-inflicted wounds of American liberalism. In part -- Newsweek killed itself.

    Just to note?

    Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin and Fox News are doing just fine.

    But Newsweek? The print version? The magazine that thought there was a huge audience in mocking Sarah Palin by picturing her on the cover in hot pants with the American flag with the headline, "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Sarah?"

    That Newsweek is now officially dead.

    And Sarah Palin -- not to mention the conservative movement -- is alive and thriving.
  • HottJoe

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    Jul 26, 2012 5:15 PM GMT
    Comparing an old print magazine to popular TV/radio celebrities makes no sense. There are plenty of celebrity democrats on TV/radio who are "alive and thriving."

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    Jul 26, 2012 5:17 PM GMT
    Air America also failed.
  • nanidesukedo

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    Jul 26, 2012 5:32 PM GMT
    Please keep using Sarah Palin to "define" the conservative movement...Nothing is a bigger turn on to independents lol *sarcasm*. Hell, even the Republicans realize this, which is why she is playing such a HUGE role in their party this year icon_rolleyes.gif

    Bachmann also makes a great defining character of the strength of the conservative movement. I suggest that the spectator uses her as a defining strength as well.

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    Jul 26, 2012 5:33 PM GMT
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    Jul 26, 2012 6:02 PM GMT
    The stupidity here is awe-inspiring. I guess conservatives really do live in their own little terrarium.
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    Jul 26, 2012 6:37 PM GMT
    Not sure what the stupidity is, but it is generally agreed that Palin is divisive and not good at getting independent vote. That does not diminish her conservative credentials.

    But it might be instructive to review the overview and a few comments to the book Death of Liberalism mentioned in the OP.

    Publication Date: May 8, 2012

    An insider's investigation of the decline and impending death of the American Liberal movement in the United States today.

    As a political movement, Liberalism is dead. Its acolytes do not have the numbers. They do not have the policies. After the 2008 election, the Democrats showed their true colors. Faced with an entitlement crisis, they actually rang up additional trillion dollar deficits. We now face the entitlement crisis and a budget crisis, and the Liberals have no answer for them beyond tax and spend. They still have support in the media, but even here they are faced with opposition from Fox News, talk radio, and the Internet.

    Since its larval days in the 1950s, Conservatism has been on the rise, and its adherents have become far more numerous than those of Liberalism. Why? The vast majority of Americans favor free enterprise and personal liberty.

    R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr., founder of The American Spectator, is intimately familiar with the ideology and personalities of these warring factions in the United States from the inside. In The Death of Liberalism, he analyzes who's right and what went wrong. And, in the process, he outlines the conservative agenda for the "next ascendancy."


    This review is from: The Death of Liberalism (Hardcover)
    Defines and discusses the death of liberalism. Or maybe more accurately the slow descent into irrelevancy. Liberalism currently seems to be on the rise but that it an illusion. This book points out the fatal flaws in liberalism and how and why the decline will occur. It must have been over the head of some of the reviewers. Maybe Terrell can, like Hawkins, write a lighter version that can be more easily grasped by the challenged.


    This review is from: The Death of Liberalism (Hardcover)
    Tyrrell did an excellent job in this slim book of reminding readers of the folly and deliberate deceits of Liberalism as practiced today. He also reminds readers of when Liberalism was a serious and confident outlook. How many people today remember Arthur Schlesinger's book The Vital Center? Probably very few do. That book's theme and outlook are worth recalling as a wonderful antidote to all the hokum that passes for Liberal thought today. As are the ways that Liberals have been on again off again "episodic" apologists for Bill Clinton. Have they no memory of their own love hate relationship with the chubby Lothario? Well, if they don't Tyrrell does remember the complaints and obsequious praise Liberals heap on the former President. Tyrrell also coins a new apt description for the icons of Liberalism; they are Sages Manqué. (There are other clever phrases, too, but I'll leave them for the reader to find.)

    An abiding theme in all of Tyrrell's books has been that the Left has been ruined by its lack of seriousness but frenetic members (a mob, really) who are in effect nothing more than public nuisances. Since the Occupy Wall Street movement began, it's clear there are still plenty of young know-it-all hotheads keen to carry on the Left's public nuisance campaign. If these howlings are the death knell of Liberalism or just another whiny pity party we'll be forced to endure for another generation, is, to me, uncertain. For Mr. Tyrrell, there is a confidence that these or the Liberals last days. Buy the book and enjoy it for its memories and its vision of the future.


    This review is from: The Death of Liberalism (Hardcover)
    This book is a valuable antidote to the smugness of the left, which assumes it will enjoy dominance over the country for years to come. Liberalism is still politically alive, but it is morally and intellectually dead. Tyrrell traces the moment of that death to the nomination of George McGovern in the 1970s and his agenda of abortion, amnesty, acid, and socialism. So while liberalism's "zombies," as RET puts it, still roam the corridors of power, the ideology from which they draw their last breaths is politically doomed for the simple reason that it is based upon a denial of reality. False ideologies always end up on the ashheap of history.
  • nanidesukedo

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    Jul 26, 2012 6:42 PM GMT
    Cant copy and paste on my phone so easily, but

    The death of conservatism:

    Seems both conservatism and liberalism are dead, then if you believe these ideological pieces as fact icon_rolleyes.gif
  • metta

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    Sep 17, 2012 9:11 PM GMT
    I would like to see Newsweek go away completely. They have no fact checkers and are therefore, imo, it is not a legitimate news source. It has nothing to do with liberalism or conservatism. I'm not saying that it is not possible to print something that is truthful. But writers can say anything they want without anything to back it up. If I was a writing, I would not want my stories to be printed in that publication.

    In Praise of Fact-Checkers