People walking past newsstands yesterday saw contrasting cover headlines with Newsweek magazine --- dominated by a large photo of smiling, tieless presidential hopeful Mitt Romney --- proclaiming “The Wimp Factor” with the subhead, “Is he just too insecure to be president?” while The Wall Street Journal’s main above-the-fold front-page headline, was “Romney Talks Tough,” observes Grumpy Editor.
So it goes in an election year --- which could be the last for a print version of Newsweek.
(Barry Diller, chairman of Newsweek owner IAC/InterActiveCorp., says the 79-year-old weekly eventually will transition to an online publication. More on that could come as early as September.)
As Newsweek pitches this week’s cover story: “Dodging reporters, fearing his base, hiding his taxes --- is Mitt Romney just too insecure to be president? In Newsweek, Michael Tomasky surveys a history of presidential manliness and asks just where Mitt would fit amid the studly swagger of Dubya and Reagan.”
And who is Michael Tomasky?
Tomasky is Newsweek/Daily Beast special correspondent and editor of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas.
The quarterly describes its mission “is to build a vibrant and vital progressivism for the twenty-first century that builds on the movement’s proud history, is true to its central values, and is relevant to present times.”
Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal’s story on Romney pointed out his tougher approach to Iran’s nuclear ambitions and keeping that nation from obtaining nuclear weapons should be America’s “highest national security priority.”