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from gawker.com

Last night on "The Daily Show" Jon Stewart joined the pile-up on Newsweek this week, thanks to the decision to replace its cover on "Losing Afghanistan" — seen on Newsweek's international edition around the world — in favor of a cover story on celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz, complete with a gallery of her most famous celebrity pics (OMG look, it's Demi Moore!). In addition to protecting readers from the harsh realities of the war in Afghanistan, Newsweek also drew fire for protecting them from the harsh realities of Leibovitz's relationship with Susan Sontag, characterizing their long-term same-sex yes-that-means-lesbian partnership as being "close." Stewart calls them on the, er, carpet for that, as seen in the clip below:

I should note here that Gawker noted the glaring omission in Newsweek's article early on, providing a helpful breakdown of what was not mentioned in the article (Hint: "Partner" "Lover" "Gay" "Lesbian"), and also picked up the controversy over the cover swap (originally found here). Of course, the Daily Show could have come to this story independently (since we all know how fervently Jon loves magazines), but since the Daily Show version dovetails so closely to the blog entries, a hat-tip might have been nice. We're just sayin'.

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