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‘Newsweek’ Editor: We Knew This Might Be a ‘Shitstorm’



Before Newsweek went ahead with publishing Leah McGrath Goodman’s blockbuster article identifying the creator of Bitcoin, Goodman asked her editor an important question.

“Leah actually said to me, ‘Are you ready for this? Are you ready for the shitstorm?'” Jim Impoco, Newsweek‘s editor in chief, recalled in a phone interview with Mashable on Friday. “And I said, ‘yes.'”

For the first few hours after the article was published online Thursday, Newsweek enjoyed the kind of attention that most publications would kill for. The Bitcoin story dominated the conversation on social media; 700,000 readers had viewed it as of 5 p.m. ET on Thursday, according to Impoco. It has since topped 1 million views. Read more…

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