Sidney Harman Teaches His Son It’s Never the Wrong Time for Nepotism


Different parents have different lessons to pass on to their progeny. Our dad tried to impress upon us the importance of contributing to humanity by becoming a doctor, so please feel free to share your medical woes in the comments and we will do our best to advise based on a summer spent autoclaving lab equipment. Soon-to-be Newsweek owner Sidney Harman had a slightly different worldview to pass down to his son Daniel, namely that it's always a good time to exercise your cash-given right to nepotism. While staffers nervously await the news on which 30 percent of them will be getting pink slips this Friday, some received a memo last week that Harman's son, a twentysomething second-year MBA student at Columbia, would be jumping onboard for an internship in digital products. Daniel doesn't have publishing experience, but he was involved with a sports-cars accessories business called Harman Motive. (No relation, probably.)

For staffers without door-opening last names like Meacham, Zakaria, and Fineman, the memo may have seemed ill-timed. "There was a lot of eye-rolling," an unnamed source told the Post.

Papa Harman, who probably figured a measly internship in exchange for taking on Newsweek's $70 million debt was no big deal, said his son was hardly an heir apparent: "I don't think it will create any problems, because his dad is a decent, gentle, humane person and Dan is a gracious, respectful young man."

Harman: My son's an intern, not an heir apparent [NYP]