The Newsweek Magazine presses will grind to a halt in less than two months, ending an era of print journalism that spanned three-quarters of a century. This move also means the end of the highly controversial Newsweek cover that the publication has become known for. No more will we be able to see the Presidents “gaylo” or the “crazy eyes” of Michelle Bachmann staring at us from the stands of the supermarket check-out isle. The end of the magazine might come as a relief to some but radical journalism was not always the Newsweek way. Newsweek holds a storied history, covering some of the most important events of the last 80 years. Here are some highlights, and a window into the past of this iconic American magazine and its downfall.
First edition, 1933
The Magazine started off smart
Newsweek had great World War II Coverage & Consequence
They loved Christmas…
…and cheered the troops in Korea
Who doesn’t love Lucy?
Or the Founding Fathers?
The Kennedys were Newsweek fixtures
The Space Race received over two dozen covers
The State of Israel & their struggles
The Beatles received recognition
And The Monkeys did, too
Nixon got his due
Cultural revolution was always a cover-winner
It hated tax hikes and rising oil prices at one time
Reagan was a Newsweek cover favorite
Christianity was always a controversial cover
But it was the political covers and scandals that created the infamous Newsweek brand we know today
It loved comparing Republican front-runners to wimps
But this was not the first time a Romney was on the cover
But ultimately, Newsweek seemed most obsessed with Palin
R.I.P Newsweek covers
All photos credited to the Newsweek Archivist
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