The final member of the “Newsweek Six” has left the building.
Jonathan Alter, the only remaining member of the gang of television-loving newsweekly scribes so dubbed by Slate’s Jack Shafer, is no longer with the publication.
He sent a note to his contacts over the weekend saying, “With changes afoot, my old Newsweek email addresses are now defunct.”
Andrew Kirk, spokesman for Newsweek and The Daily Beast, confirmed that Alter was “no longer with Newsweek.”
His exit was preceded by fellow “Six” members Howard Fineman (Huffington Post), Michael Isikoff (NBC News), Fareed Zakaria (Time), Jon Meacham (Random House) and Evan Thomas (Princeton).
Alter has been at Newsweek since 1983, most recently as a national correspondent. He also writes columns for Bloomberg News, blogs at the Huffington Post and contributes to NBC News. His last book was “The Promise.”
His last piece for Newsweek appeared on April 3.
Alter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
And of course Alter's last piece at Newsweek is a blowjob of Arne Duncan.
I'm sure Alter will land on his feet somewhere, especially given his pro-corporate education reform credentials.
Maybe Bloomberg Businessweek will hire him full time.
Maybe the Gates Foundation people will find him work.
Maybe Rupert Murdoch or Mort Zuckerman will hire him at one of their publications to continue to bash teachers and teachers unions.
Nonetheless it is good to see Alter, a senior columnist at Newsweek, canned for making too much money, just the way the "common sense" reforms he wants to see implemented in schools would enable the firing of hundreds of thousands of senior teachers for the sole reason that they make too much money.
Hope you still have health insurance.