New Times Magazine

New Times Magazine

New Times Magazine

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The New Times Magazine was an American glossy bi-weekly national magazine published from 1973 to 1979 by George A. Hirsch. Hirsch had been publisher of "New York" magazine, but resigned after conflicts with founder/editor Clay Felker. New Times began as a bridge between the newsweeklies and the more reflective monthly opinion magazines, notably Harper's and The Atlantic. Initially, the magazine featured a marquee roster of the era's best-known "new journalists," including Jimmy Breslin, Pete Hamill, Jack Newfield, Mike Royko, and Dick Schaap.

However, as the magazine's ad revenues lagged, contributions from the big names soon dried up, and under the skilled editorship of Jonathan Z. Larsen, New Times shifted to an investigative approach, offering pieces on the CIA, congressional committees, political spying, activism, the murder of Mary Pinchot Meyer and the JFK assassination "cover up." Contributors were up-and-coming freelance writers, many just out of college, including currently celebrated authors and media figures such as Geoffrey Wolff, Frank Rich, Nina Totenberg, Roger Rapaport and Ron Rosenbaum. Robert Sam Anson was Political Editor. The late NBC television executive Brandon Tartikoff was an occasional contributor.

Typical of the magazine's later direction, one issue featured a cover depicting Bozo the Clown behind the Presidential podium, a broad comment on the mistakes and misadventures of then-President Gerald Ford. Another issue...
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