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Wed Jun 12, 2024, 01:48 PM Jun 12

Howard Fineman, political correspondent with analytical eye, dies at 75

Source: Washington Post

Howard Fineman, a Newsweek political correspondent and television commentator for decades who brought behind-the-scenes insight to news cycles often dominated by horse-race campaign coverage, died June 11. He was 75.

He had pancreatic cancer, said his wife, Amy Nathan, who announced the death on social media.

Mr. Fineman spent 30 years at Newsweek beginning in 1980, serving as chief political correspondent and deputy Washington bureau chief during the era when the magazine, then owned by The Washington Post, was one of the most widely read newsweeklies in the United States.

He was also an analyst for NBC and MSNBC for years and became familiar to television viewers through his appearances on shows including “Hardball With Chris Matthews,” PBS’s “Washington Week in Review” and CNN’s “Capital Gang Sunday.”

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/obituaries/2024/06/12/howard-fineman-newsweek-dead/
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Howard Fineman, political correspondent with analytical eye, dies at 75 (Original Post) brooklynite Jun 12 OP
"Howard Fineman, a Newsweek political correspondent ..." mahatmakanejeeves Jun 12 #1
Some good reads about the demise of newsweek SouthBayDem Jun 12 #11
RIP. dchill Jun 12 #2
R.I.P. Old-school, smart, knowledgeable and always informative. emulatorloo Jun 12 #3
Enjoyed his commentary. Silent Type Jun 12 #4
Always enjoyed and admired him. Keith Olbermann tweeted a screenshot of Howard's wife's tweet: highplainsdem Jun 12 #5
Howard and Keith. Always excellent oasis Jun 13 #15
rest in power, good soul. niyad Jun 12 #6
Always like Mr. Fineman. Was great reporter. So Sorry. Fla Dem Jun 12 #7
Maybe his good soul headed out to be ready Attilatheblond Jun 12 #8
Fineman was pretty good SpankMe Jun 12 #9
He goes way back BumRushDaShow Jun 12 #10
Oh bdamomma Jun 12 #12
Oh no. I liked him and his reporting. JohnnyRingo Jun 12 #13
Statement from President Biden on the passing of Howard Fineman LetMyPeopleVote Jun 13 #14
Classy tribute. oasis Jun 13 #16


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1. "Howard Fineman, a Newsweek political correspondent ..."
Wed Jun 12, 2024, 01:50 PM
Jun 12

The real Newsweek, the one that hasn't existed in years.


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11. Some good reads about the demise of newsweek
Wed Jun 12, 2024, 04:11 PM
Jun 12
The Atlantic in 2018 (Needed to use a wayback machine link to get around the paywall):

After years of survivable financial struggles, the magazine—founded in 1933—cratered with the economy in 2008, was sold by the Washington Post Co. for $1 in 2010, and sold again in 2013 by Barry Diller’s IAC to a shadowy company called International Business Times. In the last five years, Newsweek produced some strong journalism and plenty of clickbait before becoming a painful embarrassment to anyone who toiled there in its golden age. Matt Cooper, who also worked at the old Newsweek, resigned from the latest incarnation Monday with a letter saying that in three decades in journalism, “I’ve never seen more reckless leadership.” Ed Kosner, editor in the late 1970s, wrote on Facebook Tuesday, “Time to begin always making the distinction between our Real Newsweek of sainted memory and this shameful Fake Newsweek.”

and Columbia Journalism Review in 2019:

The system is a remnant of the International Business Times’ ownership of Newsweek, which began in 2013 and formally ended in 2018, though the outlets still share executives. Many senior editors at Newsweek were promoted from IBT’s click-addicted breaking-news or culture desks. IBT, launched in 2006, is a classic news aggregator, with reporters in the US and Bangalore, plus a UK edition, churning out a high volume of clickbait at the expense of original, quality reporting. Former writer Owen Davis told me the site’s attitude toward search engine optimization was like a “cargo cult mentality”: the staffers who performed the most impressive rain (or click) dance were the ones praised, promoted, and moved over to Newsweek each time Google downgraded IBT in 2016 and 2017.


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3. R.I.P. Old-school, smart, knowledgeable and always informative.
Wed Jun 12, 2024, 02:05 PM
Jun 12

Unlike many of today's self-described pundits.

Thanks for the post.


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5. Always enjoyed and admired him. Keith Olbermann tweeted a screenshot of Howard's wife's tweet:
Wed Jun 12, 2024, 02:22 PM
Jun 12

Keith Olbermann

In memory of my friend of 26 years, Howard Fineman.


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10. He goes way back
Wed Jun 12, 2024, 04:09 PM
Jun 12

Not many of that group still out there (I guess Wolf Blitzer, Pete Williams & Jeanne Moos). I had noticed he bubbled up on the air a couple years ago after I hadn't seen him for awhile but then disappeared again. I guess now we know why.


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