The Press: Oz Is Back

Newsweek staffers were well into their editorial week last Thursday morning when Editor Kermit Lansner called his department heads together. In typical low-key fashion, he read them a short statement. He will relinquish operational control of the magazine this week, Lansner said, and after a vacation he will move into the newly created post of editorial director.

A company release later quoted him as saying: "After close to 15 years of editing at the top level of the magazine, I feel a strong need to get away from the unrelenting day-to-day pressures of the job." Lansner's new duties were defined with something...

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