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Newsweek/The Daily Beast Sets Traffic Record

Who’s ready for more Newsweek news! Yay! Yay? Anyway, we know it’s the afternoon before a long weekend, but check this out: All the press (read: attacks) Newsweek got about its Niall Ferguson cover story paid off in terms of website traffic.

According to an internal memo from Tina Brown, August was a record setting month for Newsweek/The Daily Beast. The site “will close out [the month] at over 15 million uniques / 118 million page views.” The print side did well too — with ad sales up 22 percent compared to last August.

With these numbers, you can all safely assume there will be plenty more crazy Newsweek stories in the future. Brown’s full note is after the jump.

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Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

Here’s a look at what FishbowlNY stories made the most buzz this week.

  1. Dave Price Turns Dancing With The Stars Interview into Awkward Good Day New York Segment, August 18
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  3. Politico Removes Idiot Reporter from Covering Idiot Todd Akin, August 21
  4. FishbowlNY Poll: Readers Emphatically Want Greg Kelly Back on Good Day New York, August 16
  5. Tina Brown Defends Niall Ferguson, August 22
  6. Pat Kiernan (left), Best TV Person Ever, Rumored to Miss Out on Live! Co-Anchor Gig, August 21
  7. Chris Wragge ‘Flattered’ To Be Part of CBS Sports’ U.S. Open Tennis Coverage, August 16

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Tina Brown Defends Niall Ferguson

Niall Ferguson‘s article on President Barack Obama in last week’s Newsweek has been ripped apart by everyone for its inaccuracies and errors. The New York Times, PoliticoThe Atlantic and more have all shredded Ferguson’s absurd piece. But Tina Brown is cool with it.

Politico reports that Brown took to Ferguson’s defense this morning on MSNBC. She said that while she didn’t agree with Ferguson’s thoughts on Obama, she was fine with the article:

I actually don’t agree with most of what he says in the piece, but I do think the cover of Newsweek is a place to have a war of ideas, to have battles of ideas, and that is certainly what happened.

Supporting a “battle of ideas” is one thing, backing an absurd article for the sake of selling a magazine is another. The Ferguson fiasco should be an embarrssing moment for Brown and Newsweek. Instead she’s once again telling the world that bad press is okay, as long as people are talking. But you have to wonder how much longer this can go on. A magazine can only take a certain amount of mud being slopped on it before it gets buried.

Outgoing Editor Jim Hoge And Foreign Affairs Look Forward With The Magazine’s November/December Issue

For its November / December issue, out on newsstands now (and online), Foreign Affairs magazine elected to look towards the future through essays and book recommendations by some of today’s best thinkers. The issue will feature a special cover as well as a two-column makeup to make it easy for readers to take in all the information and recommendations within.

According to David Kellogg, the magazine’s publisher:

“This special issue of Foreign Affairs has already raised the bar for the magazine — it is the first single-themed and largest issue ever produced.  The cover has added a gatefold and dramatic cover graphics. Readership (made up of 20 percent newsstand and 80 percent subscriber based) continues to grow.  In addition, ad revenue for the Nov/Dec issue grew 65 percent year over year, quite an enviable position in the publishing business today.”

The issue will provide an in-depth exploration of far-reaching issues impacting both the U.S. and the world at large, organized by category: Planetary issues (such as security, prosperity, education, water, population declines, climate control, etc.), international issues (for example, a look at how powers are allocated in the United States and Europe versus Asian nations, as well as how international organizations are changing as power shifts across the globe), and the role the U.S. plays on a global scale (its consensus with other world powers, its multilateral approach to security, use of military, etc.).

In addition, the print issue will feature a special book section (although regular Foreign Affairs readers need not worry — the regular book section is available online), with 17 contributors — including Madeleine Albright, Aayan Hirsi Ali, Niall Ferguson and Fareed Zakaria — each suggesting one or two books which deal with “the world ahead.”

The theme of looking to the future is particularly appropriate given this issue marks the last to be edited by James Hoge, who is stepping down as the magazine’s editor at the end of this year, when Gideon Rose will then become the magazine’s sixth editor in its 90-year history. Among the new projects he will pursue ARE chairing Human Rights Watch (which he begun doing earlier with month), working with an international consulting firm, and teaching at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs.

Hoge took the time to speak to us about Foreign Affairs, as well as his future, and told us that, when first approaching this particular issue of the magazine, there was the initial temptation of using it as a platform to recap his 18 years at its helm. He decided against this, however, thinking it best to keep the focus on what lies ahead. After all, he said, “history always surprises you,” especially as its being made.