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2018-02-21 10:24:46 AM  
I'm disappointed in you, Fark. I would've thought this would've gone green by now. Seriously. This is a bit of a scandal
 
2018-02-21 10:33:09 AM  
"Well, there it is, in black-and-white, y'all. We're good now, right? And that whole biblethumping college ad thing and not paying kids to do things on student visas? No worries! We're in financial straits, and we learned our lesson! Just ignore that pesky DA in the background."
 
2018-02-21 10:33:33 AM  

somedude210: I'm disappointed in you, Fark. I would've thought this would've gone green by now. Seriously. This is a bit of a scandal


It's not about Donnie or Republicans.
 
2018-02-21 10:37:17 AM  
I'm shocked, shocked to learn that there is corruption in American media.
 
2018-02-21 10:40:43 AM  

lycanth: somedude210: I'm disappointed in you, Fark. I would've thought this would've gone green by now. Seriously. This is a bit of a scandal

It's not about Donnie or Republicans.


It's about ethics in free advertising.
 
2018-02-21 10:45:23 AM  
Here it is for non-clickers:

Note From the Editors: As we were reporting this story, Newsweek Media Group fired Newsweek Editor Bob Roe, Executive Editor Ken Li and Senior Politics Reporter Celeste Katz for doing their jobs. Reporters Josh Keefe and Josh Saul were targeted for firing before an editor persuaded the company to reverse its decision. As we continued working on the story, we were asked to take part in a review process, which, we ultimately learned, involved egregious breaches of confidentiality and journalism ethics. We believe that subjects of the story were shown parts of the draft, if not the entire piece, prior to publication by a company executive who should not have been involved in the process. At an on-the-record interview with the subjects of this story, a company official asked editors to identify confidential sources. On-the-record sources were contacted and questioned about their discussions with Newsweek Media Group reporters. We resisted their efforts to influence the story and, after learning of the review's ethical failings, the reporters and editors involved in this story felt they would be forced to resign. At that point, a senior Newsweek Media Group executive said the company's owners would ensure independent review and newsroom autonomy going forward. This story was written and edited Tuesday, free of interference from company executives.
Signed: Dayan Candappa, Nancy Cooper, Cristina Silva, Ross Schneiderman, Michael Mishak, Josh Keefe, Josh Saul.
 
2018-02-21 10:45:34 AM  
Those responsible have been sacked.
 
2018-02-21 10:45:48 AM  
How bad do you have to be at your job if Tina Brown did it better?
 
2018-02-21 10:46:06 AM  
A former Psychiatric Center became a Christian University? That's rough. Going from curing people of their delusions to instilling them. C'est la guerre.
 
2018-02-21 10:46:59 AM  

lycanth: somedude210: I'm disappointed in you, Fark. I would've thought this would've gone green by now. Seriously. This is a bit of a scandal

It's not about Donnie or Republicans.


The ownership of Newsweek is very right wing, so it kind of is.
 
2018-02-21 10:47:34 AM  
I hope all of the journalists who lost their jobs over this sue Newsweek into oblivion.  It takes a fair amount of courage to stick to your guns in the face of losing your or your family's income.
 
2018-02-21 10:47:42 AM  
I'm still trying to parse exactly what happened according to the letter from the editor...
 
2018-02-21 10:49:27 AM  

lycanth: somedude210: I'm disappointed in you, Fark. I would've thought this would've gone green by now. Seriously. This is a bit of a scandal

It's not about Donnie or Republicans.


Fark is so biased I bet they never green this story.
 
2018-02-21 10:50:10 AM  

somedude210: I'm disappointed in you, Fark. I would've thought this would've gone green by now. Seriously. This is a bit of a scandal


Is this really scandal? Seems like normal business!
 
2018-02-21 10:51:13 AM  
"It's okay when WE do it."

/a common theme throughout history.
 
2018-02-21 10:51:23 AM  

Weidbrewer: I'm still trying to parse exactly what happened according to the letter from the editor...


Read the whole story. Basically, the owners of Newsweek are Right-wing Evangelicals who are using their businesses as cash cows to fund other projects. Newsweek got raided by the Feds. Newsweek staff wrote an article about why they got raided and the owners pressured the Editors to revise the article and reveal confidential sources. Staff and Editors got fired for saying no.
 
2018-02-21 10:52:01 AM  
Could someone summarize this please?
 
2018-02-21 10:54:13 AM  

Weidbrewer: I'm still trying to parse exactly what happened according to the letter from the editor...


Best I could tell in a nutshell is some reporters working on this story were fired, and some others almost were, when they found Newsweek execs and editors colluding with the college to interfere with the investigation.
 
Oak
2018-02-21 10:54:13 AM  
Some guy spells Jonathan "Johnathan."

That ain't right.
 
2018-02-21 10:54:16 AM  
Hopefully Bezos can give them jobs at WaPo.
 
2018-02-21 10:54:58 AM  

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Weidbrewer: I'm still trying to parse exactly what happened according to the letter from the editor...

Read the whole story. Basically, the owners of Newsweek are Right-wing Evangelicals who are using their businesses as cash cows to fund other projects. Newsweek got raided by the Feds. Newsweek staff wrote an article about why they got raided and the owners pressured the Editors to revise the article and reveal confidential sources. Staff and Editors got fired for saying no.


That's a better summary.
 
2018-02-21 10:56:23 AM  

Weidbrewer: I'm still trying to parse exactly what happened according to the letter from the editor...


Yeah, can someone give us a tl;dr summary?
 
2018-02-21 10:57:03 AM  
And yet the Moonies still own the Washington Times, 30+ years and still going.
 
2018-02-21 10:57:35 AM  

Andulamb: Could someone summarize this please?


As far as I can tell:

Fundie college wants tax breaks and shiat.
Town is like "well, let's think about that."
Fundies are like "how would you like free full page ads in Newsweek?"
Town is like...sounds weird, but I guess it's cool.
Newsweek runs ads.
Newsweek reporters are like "WTF?"
Reporters start working on the story
Executives sabotage story, fire senior staff working on it
Executives get publicly called on their bullshiat
Executives are like "LOL, just kidding. You can totally do your story."
 
2018-02-21 10:59:22 AM  

Bowen: Andulamb: Could someone summarize this please?

As far as I can tell:

Fundie college wants tax breaks and shiat.
Town is like "well, let's think about that."
Fundies are like "how would you like free full page ads in Newsweek?"
Town is like...sounds weird, but I guess it's cool.
Newsweek runs ads.
Newsweek reporters are like "WTF?"
Reporters start working on the story
Executives sabotage story, fire senior staff working on it
Executives get publicly called on their bullshiat
Executives are like "LOL, just kidding. You can totally do your story."


followup: Fundy owners are doubling down in making Newsweek an extension of the college and the cult. Time to no longer read that magazine
 
2018-02-21 11:01:34 AM  

IHadMeAVision: A former Psychiatric Center became a Christian University? That's rough. Going from curing people of their delusions to instilling them. C'est la guerre.


They just traded one brand of crazies, for another.
 
2018-02-21 11:03:09 AM  

somedude210: Bowen: Andulamb: Could someone summarize this please?

As far as I can tell:

Fundie college wants tax breaks and shiat.
Town is like "well, let's think about that."
Fundies are like "how would you like free full page ads in Newsweek?"
Town is like...sounds weird, but I guess it's cool.
Newsweek runs ads.
Newsweek reporters are like "WTF?"
Reporters start working on the story
Executives sabotage story, fire senior staff working on it
Executives get publicly called on their bullshiat
Executives are like "LOL, just kidding. You can totally do your story."

followup: Fundy owners are doubling down in making Newsweek an extension of the college and the cult. Time to no longer read that magazine


Wow.
 
2018-02-21 11:03:26 AM  
No links to the article on Newsweek's main page or US pages, either. they published it, but they're trying to bury it.
 
2018-02-21 11:05:48 AM  

CarbonCarby: No links to the article on Newsweek's main page or US pages, either. they published it, but they're trying to bury it.


when i submitted this this morning, there were a few twitter comments wondering how long it would be before the story got pulled. Some were making archived copies just in case
 
2018-02-21 11:13:34 AM  

Weidbrewer: I'm still trying to parse exactly what happened according to the letter from the editor...


A goddamned reacharound.
 
2018-02-21 11:14:11 AM  
This has been quite a week of news.
 
2018-02-21 11:16:16 AM  

GoldSpider: Those responsible have been sacked.


Those responsible for sacking the people who have just been sacked have been sacked.
 
2018-02-21 11:20:34 AM  
I think I'll pop a gay porno mag into the mail this morning for general delivery to Newsweek.

It'll probably end up "caught up"at the border for a bit but it will be worth it.
 
2018-02-21 11:21:23 AM  
Evangelicals. Ruin. Everything.
 
2018-02-21 11:22:45 AM  
Oh damn, looks like Newsweek is run by Dominionists.
 
2018-02-21 11:23:20 AM  
Good on them for not doubling down on full retard.  That's an unusual turn of events these days.

It's worth letting the issue die to cement that very point (even though religious improprieties of anything give me a furious rage-boner)
 
2018-02-21 11:25:31 AM  
I figured whoever picked up the Newsweek brand after it went tits up would be the lowest of the low in one form or another.

The fact that such a worthless brand ended up being another point of resistance, however small, is an unexpected bonus.
 
2018-02-21 11:26:56 AM  
Jang became controversial in evangelical circles after some of his former followers said they were led to believe he is a messianic figure called the "Second Coming Christ."

Claiming to be Christ?  You bet mainline Protestants have a problem with that!
 
2018-02-21 11:28:10 AM  
So a Christian college was screwing over students who were over hear on students VISAs, meaning the students who were here on the student VISAs are going to get screwed over by ICE, while those responsible skate, and never suffer a personal consequence for their actions.
 
2018-02-21 11:33:22 AM  

somedude210: Time to no longer read that magazine


"Time to Stop Reading Newsweek" would have been a great headline.
 
2018-02-21 11:34:14 AM  

FrancoFile: And yet the Moonies still own the Washington Times, 30+ years and still going.


The Washington Times staff types up the propaganda dictated by management. That is their job. They know it.

The Newsweek showed their job is different.
 
2018-02-21 11:36:57 AM  

somedude210: Time to no longer read that magazine

Time to no longer read that magazine

.

Not sure if you meant to do that, but I chuckled anyway...
 
2018-02-21 11:45:03 AM  

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: Evangelicals. Ruin. Everything.


Uh Huh
Sure
You Bet
Tell Me Another
 
2018-02-21 11:47:08 AM  

SonOfSpam: Weidbrewer: I'm still trying to parse exactly what happened according to the letter from the editor...

Yeah, can someone give us a tl;dr summary?


Unfortunate timing is unfortunate.
 
2018-02-21 11:52:04 AM  

suid: GoldSpider: Those responsible have been sacked.

Those responsible for sacking the people who have just been sacked have been sacked.


Signed, Ralph the wonder llama
 
2018-02-21 11:53:46 AM  

Bowen: Andulamb: Could someone summarize this please?

As far as I can tell:

Fundie college wants tax breaks and shiat.
Town is like "well, let's think about that."
Fundies are like "how would you like free full page ads in Newsweek?"
Town is like...sounds weird, but I guess it's cool.
Newsweek runs ads.
Newsweek reporters are like "WTF?"
Reporters start working on the story
Executives sabotage story, fire senior staff working on it
Executives get publicly called on their bullshiat
Executives are like "LOL, just kidding. You can totally do your story."


Also: "...Johnathan Davis, co-founder of the magazine's parent company, and his wife, Tracy, who is president of the university..."
 
2018-02-21 12:05:11 PM  
In 2014, Mother Jones reported that International Business Times Media, which had recently purchased Newsweek, had a number of ties with Jang's church. (The parent company later changed its name to Newsweek Media Group.) In the early days of the media company, it hired international Olivet students in the United States to write articles for minimal pay, in violation of their visa terms, Mother Jones reported. The company denied the allegations.
"Jang sees Community-affiliated media organizations, including IBT, as an essential part of his mission to build the kingdom of God on Earth," Mother Jones wrote in its investigation. "He has said that media companies affiliated with the Community are part of a new Noah's ark designed to save the world from a biblical flood of information."
 
2018-02-21 12:07:11 PM  
I don't fark, I read Newsweek.
 
2018-02-21 12:24:35 PM  

somedude210: Bowen: Andulamb: Could someone summarize this please?

As far as I can tell:

Fundie college wants tax breaks and shiat.
Town is like "well, let's think about that."
Fundies are like "how would you like free full page ads in Newsweek?"
Town is like...sounds weird, but I guess it's cool.
Newsweek runs ads.
Newsweek reporters are like "WTF?"
Reporters start working on the story
Executives sabotage story, fire senior staff working on it
Executives get publicly called on their bullshiat
Executives are like "LOL, just kidding. You can totally do your story."

followup: Fundy owners are doubling down in making Newsweek an extension of the college and the cult. Time to no longer read that magazine


Soooo stop submitting their articles?
TFA is still there,  that's surprising.  Good.
 
2018-02-21 12:25:18 PM  

Andulamb: Could someone summarize this please?


<babelfish>
Think hurt.

Tell me what think!

</babelfish>
 
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