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Newsweek Editor Smacks Down Pesky Economist-Reading Columbia Grad Student

03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

After about an hour, there seemed to be no more questions for him, so Newsweek editor Jon Meacham turned to his audience--about 100 graduate students at Columbia journalism school--and said he had a question for them: Did anyone in the room read Newsweek or Time? There was a small, awkward rumbling before finally, a man shouted, "No!"

Mr. Meacham scanned the audience for his quarry and then asked the journalism student, clad in a black turtleneck, whether he read The Economist. Yes, he did.

"It's the most talked about and least read magazine," said Mr. Meacham. "Have you looked at Newsweek?"

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