Newsweek Editor Jon Meacham just made the decision to move Google’s exit from China off the next cover, in favor of an essay about the Haiti disaster by President Barack Obama. Meacham called and asked strategist David Axelrod, who got his boss to agree according to an unnamed source reference in a Wall Street Journal blog post. The move is the ultimate example of the newsweekly’s move to secure high profile contributions.
Look for a strong piece from the White House as attention veers away from healthcare reform for the moment. Obama promised Haiti that “you will not be forsaken; you will not be forgotten,” this morning, and Whitehouse.gov has been turned over to a Help for Haiti package with links to the Red Cross.
The President’s essay will be in the January 25 issue, on stands this coming Monday.