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|Owner||The Newsweek Daily Beast Company|
|Created by||Tina Brown|
|Launched||6 October 2008|
|Parts of this article (those related to Newsweek ownership, which changed in August 2013) are outdated. (August 2013)|
The Daily Beast is an American news reporting and opinion website founded and formerly published by Tina Brown, former editor of Vanity Fair and The New Yorker as well as the short-lived Talk Magazine. The Daily Beast was launched on 6 October 2008, and is owned by IAC. John Avlon, an American journalist and political commentator as well as a CNN contributor, is the site's executive editor, and Rhona Murphy is its interim CEO. Brown stepped down as editor in September 2013.
On 12 November 2010, The Daily Beast and Newsweek announced a merger deal, creating a combined company, The Newsweek Daily Beast Company. On 3 Aug 2013 IAC, owner of The Daily Beast, sold Newsweek to IBT Media, owner of the International Business Times.
A feature of The Daily Beast is the "Cheat Sheet", billed as "must reads from all over". Published throughout the day, the "Cheat Sheet" offers a selection of articles from online news outlets on popular stories. The "Cheat Sheet" includes brief summaries of the article, and a link to read the full text of the article on the website of its provider.
Since the launch, the site has introduced additional sections, including a video "Cheat Sheet", "Book Beast", "Hungry Beast", "Business Beast," and "Sexy Beast", a Fashion and Entertainment section. The site frequently creates encyclopedic landing pages on topical subjects such as President Obama's inauguration, the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme, Michael Jackson, the Iran uprising, and the US Open.
Contributors to the publication include Michael Tomasky, David Frum, Stuart Stevens, Peter Beinart, Jon Favreau, Kirsten Powers, Daniel Gross, Michael Moynihan, Jamelle Bouie, Michael Daly, Lloyd Grove, Daniel Klaidman, Josh Rogin, Eli Lake, Christopher Buckley, Bernard Henri Levy, Eleanor Clift, Patricia Murphy, Michelle Goldberg, Martin Amis, John Avlon, Joshua Dubois, and others, including Brown herself.
In September 2009, The Daily Beast launched a publishing initiative entitled "Beast Books" that will produce books by Beast writers on an accelerated publishing schedule. In March 2013, “Beast Books,” now operating under the name “Book Beast,” won a National Magazine Award for Website Department, which. "Honors a department, channel or microsite."
Tina Brown, The Daily Beast's editor, confirmed in November 2010 that the website would merge with Newsweek, following extensive negotiations between the publications' proprietors. The resulting company was named The Newsweek Daily Beast Company.
In February 2010, Jack Shafer of Slate.com claimed that the chief investigative reporter for The Daily Beast, Gerald Posner, had lifted five sentences from a Miami Herald article and claimed that he had written them himself and was able to publish them in The Daily Beast under his own name. Shafer also discovered that Posner had written plagiarized content from a Miami Herald blog, a Miami Herald editorial, Texas Lawyer magazine and a health care journalism blog. An immediate internal investigation by The Daily Beast led to Posner's departure.
The Daily Beast has released several university rankings, which have received criticism for unscientific data and analysis. In 2010 it released a ranking of the "50 Druggiest Colleges" citing data from College Prowler, a web site that allows open posting by users.