11/18/2011 01:36 pm ET Updated Jan 18, 2012

Tough Times At Newsweek

It wasn't exactly the easiest way to celebrate the one-year anniversary of a merger between Newsweek and The Daily Beast. But then again, nothing has come easy. Some on staff have blamed Brown for Newsweek's struggles, saying she's lost her fastball and the one thing that has long guided her -- her gut, her knack at spotting the zeitgeist -- has faded. Others said it was simply the insane pressure of trying to bring a dead magazine back to life and it would be tough on anyone, and, despite the odds and the growing pains, a few remain optimistic that this will still all come together.