Press: Breaking Molds

A Texan comes to Newsweek

When the senior editors of Newsweek assembled for a meeting last Wednesday morning, foreboding filled the room. For several weeks rumors had circulated that Editor Lester Bernstein would be replaced by someone outside the Newsweek fold. Bernstein strode into the room and began complaining good-naturedly about the sluggish air conditioner. Then he quipped: "Oh, my God, do I sound like Nixon before the speech, talking to the technicians?" When the nervous laughter subsided, Bernstein confirmed what much of the staff had suspected. He had been dismissed as editor and, effective Sept. 7, would be replaced by William...

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