No News at Newsweek

November 18, 2005 at 4:21am By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

I’m impressed. Newsweek managed to fill several pages of its latest issue with an analysis of energy costs and “alternative” energy solutions, and not once was nuclear power mentioned. Nuclear power is incredibly cheap and remarkably clean, yet it is so maligned that it didn’t merit a single mention in Newsweek’s articles. That ought to tell you just how much news there really is in “News"week.

While I’m griping, I should also get this off my chest: if you own a 6-bedroom, 5.5-bathroom house with a “cavernous” basement and a pool, you are not middle class, and you have very little room to moan about your energy woes. Seriously, Newsweek, that’s your poster child for the “victims” of high energy prices? Give me a friggin’ break. There’s a word for Newsweek’s miserable display: pandering. Pandering to the audience that brings in the big money advertisers. There is no journalistic integrity in making a victim out of the owner of a $500,000 house.

It drives me nuts that The Missus subscribes to Newsweek. It’s a horrible, terrible, awful weekly. She says she knows it’s not a good magazine, but that she needs it to keep up with what’s going on in the world. Considering the dearth of national and international news in the Journal Star I see her point. But Newsweek? It pains me to see it in my mailbox every week.

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