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I think we’ve done a very good magazine. I don’t know whether you’ve been reading it—probably not—but it’s very good. There was a lot of talent here. But it’s like having a refrigerator on each foot—to have this carapace of the print magazine and all its problems, and all its legacy of unsolved issues. Once we shed that, we’ll just be able to focus on the content. I find that very liberating, personally. I think many of the staff do, too.
Tina Brown’s marvelous interview with New York’s Michael Kinsley is fully worth a read this morning. It’s the best.

Why Tina Brown Chose “the Blaspheming, Crooked-nosed Australian War Correspondent” Michael Ware to Profile Charlie Sheen

Her cover letter in this week’s issue, which features a wild profile of Charlie Sheen:

One insane celebrity deserves another. The writer of the piece this week on Charlie Sheen is Michael Ware, the blaspheming, crooked-nosed Australian war correspondent whose unnerving reporting from Iraq for CNN was gotten by living on the edge of death for 10 years. “You’ve put me in a f—king craphouse hotel that even in BAGHDAD would have been considered a S—THOLE,” he shouted down the phone at me in the course of a fee discussion that better resembled a hostage negotiation.

What Michael Ware has done in the line of fire makes Apocalypse Now seem like a Boy Scout training video. In 2004 he was held at gunpoint by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s murderous thugs who intended to execute him on video until his Baath Party guards negotiated his release. In 2008 he filmed a shooting of a young Iraqi man by U.S. troops. The bullet did not immediately kill him. “We all spent the next 20 minutes listening to his tortured breath as he died,” Ware told an Australian newspaper. A friend, journalist John Martinkus, says Ware became “obsessed” with the footage, watching it “over and over again,” haunted by the stark moral choice between helping the dying man and performing as a journalist. (The footage was deemed too graphic to air.) Severe (and understandable) posttraumatic stress triggered a leave of absence from CNN, and eventually his resignation.

In the course of editing The Daily Beast over the past few years, I made repeated efforts to get the gifted Ware, self-exiled since 2010 in Australia and dealing with his drug problem, back to writing. His tortured replies spoke of not being ready. It was the death of the great photojournalist Tim Hetherington, who was killed by a rocket-propelled grenade fired by pro-Gaddafi forces in Libya in 2011, that finally—after a series of late-night emails—enabled me to pull a great piece out of him for our newly acquired Newsweek. It was a powerful and moving homage to Hetherington’s courage, and to what it takes to be a war reporter. Subsequent Ware filings were just as hard to procure—but just as rewarding. His most recent Newsweek article, “The Things War Makes You See,” for Memorial Day, prompted moving reader response. One letter we published read, “My oldest brother … received a severe spinal injury as the result of a roadside bomb. The blow to his soul was immense. Michael Ware’s article made me understand why.”

Assigning Ware to write about Charlie Sheen, the snorting, tweeting, porn-addled Hollywood poster boy for toxic self-indulgence promised a piece that would be an adventure in unlikely connection. Our two wild men bonded and disappeared for a week of nerve-racking God-knows-what. Ware’s portrait of Sheen can be disconcerting: “Charlie’s reservoirs of self-loathing,” he writes, “are deep and black and still, welling in the subterranean caverns of his core, but then are tapped to fuel the internal-combustion engine that is his angst and his guilt.”

Sheen still reels in the aftermath of what Apocalypse Now was for him and his family. His father, Martin Sheen, drinking and working grueling hours as he helped director Francis Ford Coppola re-create the worst parts of the Vietnam War, suffered a heart attack. Little Charlie was brought in to help coax his father back to health. It is that boy, now a man, who brings his father’s helmet from the film to our photo shoot. For all his obnoxious wildness, Sheen, Ware tells us, is a man of “incandescent warmth” and “boundless generosity.” But he’s a shockingly fragile man too, “brutally self-critical.” This “renders him an avid people-pleaser, at times frighteningly quick to forfeit preferences and desires of his own.” Read about it on page 40. Ware and Sheen. Two men at war. With themselves and the world.

Watch this if you have any interest in how your magazine cover sausage gets made, and what kind of thinking goes into the decision process of whether or not we run one cover variation over another. For instance, in this clip, Tina Brown (our editor) talks about nixing a cover that featured President Obama in a hoodie, which would have ran in the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin protests. In the old days, a cover is a cover, and that was it. Today, she says, there’s an “aftermath of imagery” one must take into consideration. Will this cover be used by white supremacists? Will it take a bad turn in its meme lifecycle? Ultimately, she chose not to run the cover because of these (valid!) concerns. Watch the clip.

Check out “NewsBeast”—a new “daily roundtable” we’re producing from the newsroom on the day’s top stories. Today, Tina, our new Executive Editor Justine Rosenthal, and Senior Editor Rebecca Dana talk Penn State, Syria, Justin Bieber, and Occupy Wall Street.

chriskelly:

I hate this.I hate this.I hate this.

OK kids. Here’s what Tina Brown has to say about the controversial cover story/image:

"We wanted to bring the memory of Diana alive in a vivid image that transcends time, and reflected my piece."

We are guessing you have more to say. Which is why we’ve come up with this nifty little Facebook poll for you to let loose.

chriskelly:

I hate this.
I hate this.
I hate this.

OK kids. Here’s what Tina Brown has to say about the controversial cover story/image:

"We wanted to bring the memory of Diana alive in a vivid image that transcends time, and reflected my piece."

We are guessing you have more to say. Which is why we’ve come up with this nifty little Facebook poll for you to let loose.

cheatsheet:

There was talk between Tina Brown and Bill Clinton of Libya, of Egypt, and even the Peter King hearings, but one question that brought a chuckle to audience was this one: When will there be a woman president?

Sorry, y’all—we’ve been a little busy (trying to shake Bill Clinton’s hand at this panel, obvs). To recap: Newsweek and The Daily Beast’s Women in the World Summit is happening now—and we’re live-blogging it all here

Thursday ended with a bang as Tina Brown sat down with former President Bill Clinton for a wide-ranging conversation that spanned Col. Muammar Gaddafi (he’s “crazy”), Afghanistan (“getting rid of the Taliban was a good thing”) and the controversial Peter King hearings on Islam (he’s going about them all wrong). A few of the interview’s newsiest moments.

Tina: America has never had a female president.
Bill: It’s not my fault! (Laughs)

Read the rest.

We’ve all heard the argument that a weekly newsmagazine has no role in today’s relentless, 24/7 news culture, in which digital blizzards of information come at us at blinding speed. In fact, I was one of the people making that argument when IAC’s chairman, Barry Diller, invited me in 2007 to found a news and opinion website that became THE DAILY BEAST … Ironically, it was living in THE DAILY BEAST’s fast and furious news cycle for the past two years that revealed to me what a newsmagazine can bring to the table when it’s no longer chasing yesterday’s story. It’s about filling the gaps left when a story has seemingly passed, or resetting the agenda, or coming up with an insight or synthesis that connects the crackling, confusing digital dots.
Tina Brown, on the new Newsweek, which officially debuts today.

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Highlights from this week’s NEWSWEEK, the first issue under Tina Brown:
The Hillary DoctrineHow she’s shattering glass ceilings everywhere.
150 Women Who Shake the WorldIn advance of The Daily Beast’s second annual Women in the World Summit, Newsweek looks at 150 remarkable women.
Born-Again FeminismKathleen Parker once angered feminists with her book Save the Males, but recently she has had a change of heart. “I’ve become a born-again feminist after decades of feeling that feminism had veered off course,” she writes. It was the struggles of women in the Middle East that led Parker to reconsider her positions.
What’s So Funny About Mormons?Another reason to skip Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark: The Book of Mormon, the new musical from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, opens March 24.
Harvey Weinstein’s Favorite Mistake“You are no Kate Moss,” the flight attendant who caught him smoking said after Weinstein mentioned she does it all the time.

Highlights from this week’s NEWSWEEK, the first issue under Tina Brown:

The Hillary Doctrine
How she’s shattering glass ceilings everywhere.

150 Women Who Shake the World
In advance of The Daily Beast’s second annual Women in the World Summit, Newsweek looks at 150 remarkable women.

Born-Again Feminism
Kathleen Parker once angered feminists with her book Save the Males, but recently she has had a change of heart. “I’ve become a born-again feminist after decades of feeling that feminism had veered off course,” she writes. It was the struggles of women in the Middle East that led Parker to reconsider her positions.

What’s So Funny About Mormons?
Another reason to skip Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark: The Book of Mormon, the new musical from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, opens March 24.

Harvey Weinstein’s Favorite Mistake
“You are no Kate Moss,” the flight attendant who caught him smoking said after Weinstein mentioned she does it all the time.