Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Kennedy's George Bows out Gracefully

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Kennedy's George Bows out Gracefully

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George's farewell issue arrived on newsstands March 1, offering a list of the 50 most powerful people in politics. But news that Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan is in control is not what makes the issue memorable - it's the features looking back at the magazine founded by JFK Jr. His desire to make politics appealing resulted over the years in a celebrity-driven blend of Hollywood, history, and the Washington Beltway. The final issue offers a taste of that mix, with a collection of "The Best of George, 1995-2001," including covers (like the first one, with Cindy Crawford dressed as George Washington, the magazine's namesake) and writing by Norman Mailer, George Wills, Madonna, and Kennedy himself.

"He believed that if the magazine made politics accessible and entertaining, more and more people would feel energized to participate themselves," writes editor Frank Lalli in his column. In the end, George had a circulation of more than 500,000, but not enough advertisers to sustain it. It will now be a Web-only publication (georgemag.com).

McCall's is gone, too

Women's magazine McCall's is also saying goodbye, ending a 125- year run with this March's issue. The magazine - which once had Eleanor Roosevelt as a columnist, and President Bush's maternal grandfather as publisher - is scheduled to reappear in a new form next month as Rosie, with talk-show host Rosie O'Donnell at the helm.

Ballots? What ballots?

Readers across the US charged newspapers with having a liberal bias last week for burying news about the Florida recount that favored Bush. On Sunday, ombudsmen from The Sacramento Bee, The Minneapolis Star Tribune, and The Washington Post wrote columns explaining why their papers downplayed or delayed results of a media review of uncounted Miami-Dade County ballots. …

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