Reagan-Basher for Editor.
U.S. News & World Report has moved decisively to the left.
On September 1 Roger Rosenblatt replaced former Reagan aide David Gergen
as Editor of the weekly news-magazine owned by Democratic Party donor
Mortimer Zuckerman. Gergen "will expand his role as a writer"
as Editor at Large.
As an analyst for CBS News during the
Republican Convention Rosenblatt was asked to assess the Reagan
Administration record. He declared: "I think it's a dangerous
failure at least in terms of programs. A mess in Central America,
neglect of the poor, corruption in government...And the worst legacy of
all, the budget deficit, the impoverishment of our children."
Before joining U.S. News earlier
this year, Rosenblatt spent eight years as a Senior Writer for Time,
a couple of years writing editorials for The Washington Post,
and served as Literary Editor of The New Republic. In the early
1970's he taught English at Harvard before becoming Director of
Education for the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1973.
Speaking of U.S. News. A
few months ago Putnam published a disparaging review of Reagan foreign
policy efforts, Secret Warriors: Inside the Covert Military
Operations of the Reagan Era, written by Steven Emerson. A look at
the book jacket flap reveals where the U.S. News & World Report
Senior Editor formed his opinions. In the mid-1970's he worked as an
investigator for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and later served
as Executive Assistant to the late Senator Frank Church, a liberal
Putting Up for the Duke.
Finally, another U.S. News staffer with liberal connections is
putting his beliefs into action. Associate editor Robert Shapiro is on
leave from the magazine until at least November. Why? To try to elect
Michael Dukakis President. His role: Deputy Director of Issues for the
Dukakis for President Committee.
Shapiro's political preferences are well
known. He was a 1972-73 Fellow with the radical left Institute for
Policy Studies. Before moving to U.S. News in 1985, Shapiro
served as Legislative Director for Senator Patrick Moynihan (D-NY).
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