- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 18, 2018

A “Newsweek insider” interviewed by The Wrap editor Jon Levine lamented Thursday that the publication has devolved into a “content farm” relying on “rage for clicks” instead of meaningful journalism.

Newsweek was once a premiere media organization and an incredible springboard for young journalists hoping to grow a name for themselves,” the insider reportedly said. “The company culture has turned the newsroom into a toxic work environment, while the publication has descended into a content farm for last-resort clickbait.

“There are good journalists at Newsweek, but they’re forced to put their names on stories the news directors know will cause outrage on Twitter,” the source continued. “Manufacturing rage for clicks is their current business model, and most people in the company fear imminent layoffs.”

Mr. Levine said the Newsweek insider’s scathing comments were in response to a story published by the outlet Wednesday suggesting President Trump might be suffering from erectile dysfunction and/or depression because he takes the hair-loss drug Propecia.

Newsweek has come under repeated fire for its editorial judgment in the era of President Trump. Aside from the Propecia story, social media users just this week lambasted the publication for headlines misquoting Eric Trump’s comments about his father and suggesting failed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton could still become president if the Russia investigation finds conspiracy evidence.

President Trump recognized Newsweek in his highly anticipated 2017 Fake News Awards Wednesday night, saying the outlet falsely reported that Polish first lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda did not shake the president’s hand. Despite extended video supporting Mr. Trump’s analysis, Newsweek defended itself by saying a shortened video showed Mrs. Kornhauser-Duda indeed rejected Mr. Trump’s “initial” handshake.

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