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Newsweek to Become Truthy

- June 3, 2009

bq. Stephen Colbert has been named first guest editor for the recently redesigned magazine in the title’s 76-year-history. Editor Jon Meacham was “just very impressed with the range of his knowledge” and “almost encyclopedic feel for anything that came up” after the two ate lunch together.

[Source.]

Some might bemoan this as yet another demeaning genuflection of political journalism before entertainment. But before they do, let me note the crawl I saw on CNN at 4:27 pm yesterday:

bq. OCTOMOM SLAMS KATE GOSSELIN.[1]

By comparison, a Colbert-edited issue of Newsweek is pretty much The Federalist Papers.

fn1. If you must.

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