Several prominent former Newsweek journalists criticized the error-ridden recent cover story by playwright David Mamet
that sought to discredit attempts to strengthen gun laws. Some former staffers point to the Mamet piece as evidence that the magazine, which recently ceased print publication, isn't what it used to be, noting it seems to be seeking more readers through provocative pieces rather than in-depth journalism.
A Media Matters review of the piece found glaring factual mistakes related to background checks, assault weapons, and U.S. Secret Service protection for President Obama's family.
The controversial cover piece, which portrayed supporters of stronger