in my experience is not necessarily true of all newsmagazine editors (all two, that is)." And although he found the new Newsweek lacking in clarity or originality, he urged readers to pick it up and judge for themselves, adding, "Don't forget to cancel your subscription to Time while you're at it."
A spokeswoman for Time would only say Friday Kinsley's contract ended in late January and was not renewed.
Lisa Takeuchi Cullen, a former Time staff writer, wrote on her blog at TrueSlant.com that while rank-and-file staffers resented big names like Kinsley hogging the prominent real estate, "You read his stuff and think, alright, alright, so maybe he deserves that six-figure contract. I'm surprised Time booted him."
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Reached for comment by e-mail, Kinsley said the magazine's refusal to renew his contract "may be no more than wanting to save some money, since they were paying me a lot. But they never suggested a voluntary pay cut. I'm not really angry--just having a good time." So why the harsh words for managing editor Richard Stengel? "He fired me! Do I need a better reason?"