Nobody has paid any attention to Newsweek in years. It had no influence. It had no dedicated army of subscribers. It was just another struggling print magazine that was headed for the tar pits.
It was liberal. It was boring. It was filled with stories that made no difference.
The most famous thing it ever did was to spike the 1998 story of Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky. Matt Drudge blew the whistle a day later. The editors relented and published the story by the end of the week. Drudge got the credit. Newsweek got the raspberry.
Drudge was pilloried by the professional journalism industry at the time. He was an outsider. He was not respectable, we were told by experts. He was not a professional. Half of those people are either retired or in another line of work. Drudge is worth a couple of hundred million.
Why pay money for week-old news? There is no logical answer for people under 50. People throw out old issues. They do not clip them and hang them in folders. They do not hang the folders in filing cabinets.
I used to. I stopped around 1998.
All of my career’s files got tossed out by some minimum-wage kid who was cleaning up a room where they were stored. Thirty-five years’ worth of clippings . . . gone! There were thousands of clippings. But they could not be accessed electronically. Maybe the kid did me a favor. I don’t know. But that was the tombstone to thousands of hours of work.
With Evernote, I can clip, file, and label an article in a few seconds. For free. Forever.
Who needs a printed magazine? No one.