Despite fresh questions about Newsweek's viability in print, NewsBeast is still hiring. Editor Tina Brown announced the hire of New York Observer’s Politicker editor David Freedlander as a senior political correspondent, focusing on the Romney campaign. In his new role, Freedlander will write daily for the Beast, contribute to Newsweek and help plan Newsweek’s political coverage through the 2012 election.
Meanwhile, the controversy over Niall Ferguson’s pot-stirring cover story on President Obama seemingly has paid off, on the newsstand if not with Newsweek's critics: the issue is on track to become one of the weekly’s top three best-sellers since 2010, according to MagNet. Newsweek took a beating for publishing the anti-Obama story, which critics like Paul Krugman and James Fallows tore apart over a long list of factual deficiencies.
In other staff moves, longtime freelancer Winston Ross was hired as a national correspondent, based in the Pacific Northwest; and Adam Auriemma was promoted to senior editor.