Over at Making Light Teresa Nielsen Hayden has looked into the plastic surgery book and Newsweek's story about it.
Turns out, she discovered that the book is from a vanity publisher. That is, it was self-published by the author. There were no editors making a decision about how to best make a buck. At least, not any editors who didn't work at Newsweek.
Shame shame, double shame, Newsweek. Now I know your girlfriend's name. And she dumped you for being stupid and manipulative.