Time magazine has named a new Executive Editor. Her name is Radhika Jones. The titles get a bit confusing, since her boss will be "Managing Editor" Rick Stengel, who sounds like he should be supervised by her instead of the other way around.
For her old haunt, the Paris Review, last September, Jones described a week of her reading and TV watching (here and here). Other than starting with the New York papers (including the New York Post and the Wall Street Journal), it' s not hard to discover a leftish tilt in her intake, as in:
Also look at the NYTimes Web site, and the Guardian, and Talking Points Memo...
Daily Show clip, via Talking Points Memo: Is Fox News evil or stupid? Trailer for The Inside Job, the upcoming doc about the financial meltdown...
I order a Guinness and finish Jane Mayer's piece on the Koch brothers, then turn to Adam Gopnik on Churchill. I'm having that thing where a miniature obsession, in this case Foyle's War, is directing my interest toward its topic, World War II-related in Britain. Thanks for playing along, New Yorker.
Couldn't Jones at least make a pretense of sampling something conservative to balance her constant New Yorker diet -- say, The New Criterion? She also aspired to talk fiction books with President Obama:
Caitlin Roper (of Paris Review fame) alerts me to a tweet from Bill Burton saying the President just bought a copy of Jonathan Franzen's Freedom. I'm going to go ahead and assume that's because we put Franzen on the cover of Time. President Obama, if you need any more book recommendations, feel free to call me directly. I think you'd really like David Mitchell.