Colbert to Guest-Edit Newsweek

Some crusty old newsman is surely spinning in his grave: Two weeks ago, Newsweek redesigned itself, and its editors are making good on their promise, as The New York Observer puts it, to "sever any and all connection to the turgid, dusty newsweekly of yore." Stephen Colbert will become the first guest editor in the magazine's 76-year history, overseeing the June 8 issue. Colbert said that his "conventional wisdom" will come across in the issue, which will include an essay he'll author, annotations to editor Jon Meacham's weekly note, and a section devoted to unpublished letters to the editor Colbert wrote to Newsweek as a child. Colbert promised to keep the seriousness of the news, however, and his other duties are those of a regular editor—he helped hand out assignments, and will help pick pull quotes and design the issue's cover.