Stephen Colbert to Guest Edit Newsweek?

In Journalism, media, stupidity, television on June 3, 2009 by Editor Z

The increasing merging of news and entertainment continues.

For the next issue that hits newsstands on June 8, Comedy Central funnyman Stephen Colbert will be Newsweek’s guest editor, The Observer has learned.

Mr. Meacham said the idea was born from a lunch he had with Mr. Colbert at Gabriel’s near Columbus Circle.

“I was just very impressed with the range of his knowledge and he had an almost encyclopedic feel for anything that came up,” said Mr. Meacham. “As we think about ways to both inform and surprise readers of the magazine, the notion of having him as a guest editor seemed like a good one.”

This is one reason why so many aren’t taking the media seriously anymore. The news media between its increasing tabloidization and attempted forays into the entertainment field has eroded much authority as a credible institution in the American system. The news is meant to inform the public, needlessly going out of the way to entertain in order to increase circulation or sales of a renound newsweekly.



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