'Great Journalists Got Fired' Over This Newsweek Exposé

A 'stunning' editor's note introduces it
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 21, 2018 9:43 AM CST

(Newser) – It's hard to say which is buzzier: the Newsweek exposé published Tuesday night or the editor's note that appears atop it, which the Washington Post dubbed the most "stunning part" of the whole thing. In the note, Newsweek editorial staffers address the recent firing of Editor Bob Roe, Executive Editor Ken Li, and Senior Politics Reporter Celeste Katz by parent company Newsweek Media Group "as we were reporting this story" and as they were "doing their jobs." The staff that remained forged ahead and say they encountered "egregious breaches of confidentiality and journalism ethics" at the hands of NMG along the way. But the story that follows—which revolves around Newsweek Media Group and a small Bible college in California—was managed to be "written and edited Tuesday, free of interference from company executives." So what exactly is going on? We explain.

  • A January raid: Officials with the Manhattan district attorney's office descended on company's NYC HQ last month, taking computer servers with them. It's related to a fraud probe, and after the raid, Olivet University made clear that the only financial links it had to NMG were the millions the group paid the school for licensing and R&D agreements.

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