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Speaking softly on terror

"The problem with Meacham's musical-chairs analogy is that he neglects to mention that a chair is removed as each dance begins and that whenever the music stops, a player gets bounced from the game. This week's loser looks to be Newsweek."

But how much is the editor's fault?

"Meacham dismissed criticism of his extracurricular activities, which he argues haven't detracted from his focus on Newsweek. 'I have tried to present the magazine well and in different arenas, and I believe that what I have done outside the magazine has ultimately served it well,' he told the Daily Beast. 'Honestly, I don't think that if I had not written a book we would have sold 300 more ad pages.' "

Giant Mess

"LT has hit a new low.

"Giants great Lawrence Taylor was charged yesterday with raping a 16-year-old Bronx runaway who was forced to meet him at his upstate hotel room by a killer pimp, authorities said.

"Taylor, 51 -- as legendary for his bouts with cocaine abuse as for his prowess on the field -- allegedly paid the girl $300 for the seedy tryst early yesterday at a Holiday Inn in Suffern, where she was dragged by the pimp with another female from New York City, officials said."

Utterly revolting, if true.

Baaad Reviews

The ultraconservative World Net Daily has released a book called "The Manchurian President," promoting it as the most "exhaustive investigation ever performed into Obama's political background and radical ties." Mother Jones' Stephanie Mencimer says it was not warmly welcomed in some quarters:

"According to WND, the mainstream journalists who received free copies for their perusal not only weren't interested, but they sent really nasty notes to the nice publicist who sent the books:

" 'Ridiculous crap,' retorted John Oswald, news editor for the New York Daily News.

" 'Never, ever contact me again,' wrote Time Magazine senior writer Jeffrey Kluger.

" 'Newsweek deputy editor Rana Foroohar quipped, 'This is sensational rubbish that is of no interest to any legitimate publication.'

" 'Absolute crap,' replied Evelyn Leopold, a Huffington Post contributor who served for 17 years as U.N. bureau chief for Reuters until recently.

"Nancy Gibbs, editor-at-large for [Time] fired, 'Remove me from your list.'

"David Knowles, AOL's political writer, responded, 'seriously, get a life.'"

Ah, the crazy liberal media.

Howard Kurtz also works for CNN and hosts its weekly media program, "Reliable Sources."

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