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'Newsweek' Magazine Owner Believes Being Gay Can Be Cured

​One of Newsweek Magazine's new owners, Johnathan Davis, is making news himself now that his alleged beliefs on homosexuality have been made public. It appears that Davis, whose company IBT Media purchased Newsweek last year, is a proponent of "ex-gay" conversion therapy. 

The Guardian reports:

In a Facebook post in February 2013, Davis described as "shockingly accurate" an op-ed article written by Christopher Doyle, the director of the International Healing Foundation (IHF), which works to convert gay people. Davis said it “cuts like a hot knife through a buttery block of lies”.

Doyle, who once identified as gay but is now married to a woman, wrote that “same-sex attractions” are typically felt by people born with a “sensitive nature” and then subjected to “early sexual initiation and/or sexual abuse” or unusual attachment issues with their parents. He said last week that he was delighted by Davis’s praise. “Considering how much of the media is very gay-friendly, this is a breath of fresh air,” he said.

For his part, Davis hasn't confirmed or denied his views on ex-gay therapy. When asked for comment on the Facebook post, he stated:

Whether I do or not [believe that], I’m not sure how that has any bearing on my capacity here as the founder of the company. I’m not sure how it’s relevant. People believe all sorts of weird things. But from a professional capacity, it’s unrelated.”

Considering Newsweek is a news source, some people might disagree. 

According to Gawker, Davis sent this memo to IBT staffers on Friday touting diversity:

I want to reiterate to all of you that our company, myself included, has and always will respect diversity in our workplace. This is reflected not only in our daily work but also in our hiring and personnel practices. Our team members are hired and retained based solely on their ability to perform the task.

We welcome and support a diverse range of opinions and values. We believe this diversity is critical to success as a world-class journalism organization, and also creates a richer and more productive culture and environment for all of us.

What are your thoughts, Instincters? Are Davis's personal views relevant? Do his beliefs have an impact on the content that comes out of Newsweek?


(H/T: Towleroad)


I am a lesbian myself and as much as I stand by my identity, I give my full respect to those who speak out for their beliefs. Davis believes there is a cure for homosexuals. So be it. That is his belief. If I start judging him, calling him names of all sorts, and hating him, what good of a person am I? As much as I can, I respect everyone and believe there is goodness in everyone regardless of their stance on their faith and beliefs. 

it's good that you are gay. just don't be hating when someone is not gay.

we need to coexist. why make more enemies on top of what we already have by being offensive to everyone with family?


I am gay, myself, and I don't hate on straight people. The issue is the new owner of Newsweek is spreading a VERY dangerous message. There are people who have been extremely traumatized by ex-gay therapy. There have been young boys who have committed suicide because they thought they were broken and couldn't be "fixed" because of ex-gay therapy. This has got to end once and for all.

Yes anyone can live a lie and pretend they're cured, cured of what I don't know, since GAY... IS NOT A DISEASE.. The fact someone can live happily in a committed relationship with someone of the opposite sex after being with same sex partners for some time, are called BiSexuals, not cured.

This guy is a super dope, I'm about as super sensitive as a 2 x 4, and I experienced ZERO sexual anything as a child, I didn't even embark into sexual things until I was in my mid 20's. As for my parents, My paternal unit is a useless loser and my mother is well cookie cutter normal with a bit of Bitchiness, which is normal in my eyes. I have no weird or un-ordinary connections with them. My siblings 4 of them all turned out straight and we were all taught the same things and in the same styles.  I knew I was gay when I was in 1st. grade, I didn't know what it was at that time, but when I turned about 11 or 12 I understood it just fine, was freaked about it for a while, and then embraced it.  Puberty sucked, just like it does for every other kid in the class. The only difference, was when my male friends were hot for the female teachers, I would have the hot's for them and rather than the teachers. 

even in gay community there are all kinds of ppl. a lot of them are not completely committed and they get offended when gays straight out give hate speech toward others' loving parents.

no hating straight people. why hate? hating is not good for your beauty the new owner did not say he hates gays. he doesn't obviously have in depth knowledge of gay community. donest know makes them mad.

no need to be preaching why gays need to be gays. respect if you want to be respected.

This man is a frustrated queen who hates his own feelings towards men, while trying to hide these feelings if investigated would probably be found in the park toilets on sundays. WE don't want to 'cure' something inside of us because there is NOTHING wrong with us. Show me ONE normal person on this planet, because there are none, we all have flaws and should be left alone to live our lives as we see fit. Only god will judge and until that day fools like this should keep there big pie holes shut. 

Newsweek is irrelevant and I will make sure to tell all my friends not to support this company.  

It has an impact when I stop buying his magazine.

obviously his views will somehow sneak into his company.  He's not sure how it's relevant?  Ok. whatever.  Why is it that intelligent people try to come off as stupid when they're in the spotlight.  And as for a cure for being gay......... as if.  So one dude married a woman and thinks he's straight now, that qualifies as a cure, I think not.   I was married for 18 years to a woman, had four children, and now I'm cured--I'm gay!

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