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Obama to Pen Cover Story on Haiti and the Earthquake for Newsweek
WSJ ^ | January 14, 2010 | Russell Adams

Posted on 01/14/2010 4:04:49 PM PST by Baladas

Like at a lot of publications, Newsweek was forced to start its week over when the earthquake hit Haiti.

Give the magazine credit for an artful recovery. The Washington Post Co.-owned publication has tapped President Barack Obama to pen a cover story on Haiti for the Jan. 25 issue hitting newsstands on Monday.

Newsweek was readying a story about the Google-China row when the earthquake hit. Editor Jon Meacham scrapped his plans and hit the phones in search of the highest authority he could find to weigh in, according to a person familiar with the matter. He reached David Axelrod, senior adviser to Obama, who asked his boss if he was game.

Getting Obama to write an essay about the Haiti tragedy is a coup for the struggling magazine and aligns squarely with its new strategy. Newsweek lost $25 million in the first half of 2009, and the Post Co. last year reinvented the magazine, cutting its staff and shifting its focus from news reporting to commentary.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: haiti; haitianearthquake; haitiearthquake; haitiquake; haitiquake2010; msm; obama; propoganda
Now they've got him writing propoganda for them for a change.
1 posted on 01/14/2010 4:04:51 PM PST by Baladas
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To: Baladas

Oh Boy this ought to be something.


2 posted on 01/14/2010 4:06:36 PM PST by ColdOne ( Besides going to a church for Bidens mothers funeral, Has he gone to Church yet?)
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To: Baladas

Wonder how they will pay him.


3 posted on 01/14/2010 4:06:55 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Baladas

I wonder who will write if for him?


4 posted on 01/14/2010 4:06:55 PM PST by Carling (Somewhere in Kenya, a village is missing its idiot.)
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To: Baladas

I wonder who will write it for him?


5 posted on 01/14/2010 4:07:08 PM PST by Carling (Somewhere in Kenya, a village is missing its idiot.)
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To: Baladas

“Hey, Bill, how ya doin’?

“Are you busy this weekend?


6 posted on 01/14/2010 4:07:30 PM PST by proxy_user
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To: Baladas

I guess Zero’s teleprompter can type as well.


7 posted on 01/14/2010 4:07:35 PM PST by Stoat (Sarah Palin 2012: A Strong America Through Unapologetic Conservatism)
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To: Baladas

What is the title of the story? How the Chinese beat us to Haiti with their rescue team?


8 posted on 01/14/2010 4:09:18 PM PST by BurbankKarl
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To: Baladas

Most of their stuff already comes from the “administration.”


9 posted on 01/14/2010 4:09:23 PM PST by clintonh8r (Obama's America: we treat citizens like terrorists, and terrorists like citizens.)
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To: Baladas

just hook up the teleprompter —— Obambi can read his little “essay” over the phone to Meacham


10 posted on 01/14/2010 4:09:48 PM PST by Enchante (Do we really send captured TERRORISTS off to Saudi-land and Yemen so they can be "REHABILITATED"?)
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To: Carling

Let’s hope it’s that jejune speech writer of his.


11 posted on 01/14/2010 4:09:48 PM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: Baladas

Wonder who’s gonna write it? Ayers?


12 posted on 01/14/2010 4:09:49 PM PST by COBOL2Java (Big government more or less guarantees rule by creeps and misfits.)
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To: Baladas

“Rule one: Never allow a crisis to go to waste,”

13 posted on 01/14/2010 4:10:00 PM PST by Vaquero (BHO....'The Pretenda from Kenya')
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To: Carling
I wonder who will write it for him?

I guess this means this edition of Newsweak will be like his writings from his college and law school days: not available.

14 posted on 01/14/2010 4:10:03 PM PST by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: Baladas
BOLO for Bill Ayers.............

Fail-Zero-One Big Ass Mistake America...etc

15 posted on 01/14/2010 4:10:12 PM PST by Seeking the truth (Ocents.com - You Lie & Socialist stamps, tees, mousepads, bumper stickers....etc)
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To: Baladas

>Getting Obama to write an essay about the Haiti tragedy is a coup for the struggling magazine and aligns squarely with its new strategy. Newsweek lost $25 million in the first half of 2009, and the Post Co. last year reinvented the magazine, cutting its staff and shifting its focus from news reporting to commentary.

So Newsweak wants to lose MORE money?


16 posted on 01/14/2010 4:10:45 PM PST by max americana
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To: Baladas

Presumably the editors will have scrubbed it of all the misspellings and grammatical errors...


17 posted on 01/14/2010 4:11:01 PM PST by COBOL2Java (Big government more or less guarantees rule by creeps and misfits.)
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To: Carling

Bingo! He’s gotta find someone to do it, or Newsweek will be waiting a long time for it.


18 posted on 01/14/2010 4:11:08 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: BurbankKarl
"How I Deployed Troops Without Thinking About It For Ninety Days."

or

"Disaster Relief: The Best Use Of America's Military"

19 posted on 01/14/2010 4:11:45 PM PST by clintonh8r (Obama's America: we treat citizens like terrorists, and terrorists like citizens.)
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To: Baladas

Not that I am being overly critical...but...ahh, shouldn’t he be a little too busy to ‘pen’ a magazine article. I mean...I am NOT the leader of the free world (yet!) but I sure wouldn’t have time to meet a quick deadline like that.

I guess thats why Billy Ayers gets the big bucks.


20 posted on 01/14/2010 4:14:02 PM PST by PennsylvaniaMom (BOOM! Taste my nightstick! Sarah, making Shatner sound Shakespearean.)
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To: Baladas
I can't believe how disturbed I was when I saw the footage of Haiti after the earthquake which I heard about on my Blackberry just seconds after I had concluded my latest meeting on health care. I immediately called my associates and I sprang into action.
21 posted on 01/14/2010 4:14:19 PM PST by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: Baladas

We can’t post from The Onion.


22 posted on 01/14/2010 4:14:55 PM PST by don-o (My son, Ben - Marine Lance Corporal is in Iraq.)
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To: Baladas

Why not? Keep him busy so he can do less harm.


23 posted on 01/14/2010 4:15:37 PM PST by Neverforget01 (The problem is the doing, not the talking....Gov Haley Barbour)
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To: Baladas
Haiti Earthquake:

THE FAULT OF BUSH and CLIMATE CHANGE!
24 posted on 01/14/2010 4:15:48 PM PST by Dallas59 (No To O -Time is going by really really really really slow.)
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To: Baladas
Maybe when he gets done with that and his many vacation he can do some of the work he has been too busy to do.

On second thought, maybe it is better if he just stays busy wasting time.

25 posted on 01/14/2010 4:17:47 PM PST by oldbrowser (The audacity of incompetence)
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To: Baladas
I hope Ayers can have it ready in time....I just can't wait to read it.
26 posted on 01/14/2010 4:18:02 PM PST by Petronski (In Germany they came first for the Communists, And I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist...)
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To: Baladas

Ridiculous.....why doesn’t he do some decent governing instead?


27 posted on 01/14/2010 4:18:19 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Baladas

” Now they’ve got him writing propoganda for them for a change.”

It’s a wonder he’s got time between vacations.


28 posted on 01/14/2010 4:26:23 PM PST by dljordan (Psalm 109:8 "Let his days be few; and let another take his office. ")
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To: clintonh8r

And if the military takes casualties from the looting? Not good.


29 posted on 01/14/2010 4:29:39 PM PST by ebshumidors (vet, rifleman, 'nuff said.)
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To: tet68
Wonder how they will pay him.

Easy. Time needs a "bailout"...

30 posted on 01/14/2010 4:34:44 PM PST by Fresh Wind ("...a whip of political correctness strangles their voice"-Vaclav Klaus on GW skeptics)
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To: Fresh Wind

Ack! I meant Newsweak!


31 posted on 01/14/2010 4:35:25 PM PST by Fresh Wind ("...a whip of political correctness strangles their voice"-Vaclav Klaus on GW skeptics)
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To: Baladas

Never let a crisis go to waste.


32 posted on 01/14/2010 4:35:29 PM PST by imskylark
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To: Baladas

I have to think this is total BS. How can you run a country, with dire economic. military, and global terrorist challenges AND write for a News Organization?
“Impossible!” I say.

This is just another writing assignment for Bill Ayers - IMHO.


33 posted on 01/14/2010 4:36:39 PM PST by J Edgar
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To: Baladas

Who’s ghost writing it?


34 posted on 01/14/2010 4:38:44 PM PST by Soul Seeker
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To: Dallas59
THE FAULT OF BUSH and CLIMATE CHANGE!

Of course. The evil Bushes and Big Oil are sucking so much oil out of Mother Earth that she is shriveling up like a raisin. As she shrinks, earthquakes happen. So, yes, it's Bush's fault.

35 posted on 01/14/2010 4:38:44 PM PST by Fresh Wind ("...a whip of political correctness strangles their voice"-Vaclav Klaus on GW skeptics)
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To: Baladas

Now he wants the Pulitzer?


36 posted on 01/14/2010 4:40:47 PM PST by MaxMax (Lets get a sense)
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To: Baladas

Since when does the Dear Leader have time to WRITE A STORY for Newsweek?? Boy Newsweek is scraping the bottom of the barrel for journalists!!!!!!!!!


37 posted on 01/14/2010 4:41:29 PM PST by browniexyz
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To: Baladas

10% unemployment, CIA agents being murdered in Afganistan, collapsing dollar and he’s writing stories??????


38 posted on 01/14/2010 4:46:58 PM PST by mockingbyrd (Sarah speaks for me!)
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To: Carling
“Who writes for him”

Think of the most ADD child who grew up in a drug filled home, no father and 5 other brothers and sisters with different fathers.

The mother is on gov-mint welfare and child support from 5 unknown sperm suppliers and “bingo” you have the author.

39 posted on 01/14/2010 4:53:25 PM PST by tiger63
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To: browniexyz
Boy Newsweek is scraping the bottom of the barrel for journalists!

Their new slogan is.....Newsweak is Weaknews.

40 posted on 01/14/2010 5:11:52 PM PST by SteamShovel (When hope trumps reality, there is no hope at all.)
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To: Baladas

EVERYONE on this thread is missing the point. The point is the DEAR LEADER CARES and the story is NOT about the poor people of Haiti, but about DEAR LEADER and how much he cares for them. It does not matter who wrote this, it only matters that DEAR LEADER get the credit.


41 posted on 01/14/2010 5:16:07 PM PST by VastRWCon (Drill Baby Drill - Sarah Palin 2012)
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To: JennysCool

Did you receive an advance copy?? :)


42 posted on 01/14/2010 5:32:41 PM PST by constitutiongirl ("It's just another isolated...just another isolated incident")
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To: Baladas
NewsWeak ranted about Bush not solving all the sufferings of the 2004 Tsunami in the first 72 hours. That was a disaster 8000 miles away... Haiti is 200, and they haven't bemoaned about Obama’s inability to do much of anything (other than to have as assistant pen some soothing words for them).
43 posted on 01/14/2010 5:44:56 PM PST by Shqipo (Palin/Thompson 2012)
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To: Baladas

LOL!


44 posted on 01/14/2010 5:54:42 PM PST by FrdmLvr ("The people will believe what the media tells them they believe." Orwell)
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To: Baladas

LOL!


45 posted on 01/14/2010 5:54:53 PM PST by FrdmLvr ("The people will believe what the media tells them they believe." Orwell)
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To: MaxMax
Now he wants the Pulitzer?

No, now he's working on an encore, Pulitzer II.
46 posted on 01/14/2010 6:07:41 PM PST by tfbcowinafog
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To: ebshumidors

I’m sure the rules of engagement are a nightmare.


47 posted on 01/14/2010 7:48:08 PM PST by clintonh8r (Obama's America: we treat citizens like terrorists, and terrorists like citizens.)
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