[Imc-bigmuddy] [Fwd: Newsweek covers depend on region]
treesong at treesong.org
Wed Sep 27 11:33:15 PDT 2006
I just got this little snippet from my brother. I guess that media
analysis runs in the family, eh? He's actually the one who introduced me
to a lot of my interest in political thinking and radical critique, so I
can't say that it's too surprising. Our whole family history is littered
with off-and-on-again subversives... :) Anyway, check out the latest
nuttiness from Newsweek, and let me know what you think...
Love and Healing,
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Subject: Newsweek covers depend on region
Date: Wed, 27 Sep 2006 10:54:26 -0500
I hope all is well. I mentioned this on the phone to our mother
today: as you may know, sometimes the covers of news magazines differ
based on what country they're being sold in. I read about a
particularly bad case of this for Newsweek this week.
In Europe, Asia, and Latin America, the cover is: "Losing
Afghanistan" The story about the front cover says "Five years after
the Afghan invasion, the Taliban are fighting back hard, carving out
a sanctuary where they—and Al Qaeda's leaders—can operate freely."
In the US, Newsweek decided to run a different cover story: "My Life
In Pictures". It's a story about Annie Leibovitz, an American
photographer, and her new book. The story about the cover in the US
says "In her new book, Annie Leibovitz, our most famous photographer,
places celebs side by side with surprisingly personal images of love
It's too bad that the worsening conditions in Afghanistan aren't
considered as important in the United States as a fluff piece written
to promote a book. The only question is why did Newsweek arguably
"censor" the story about terrorists gaining ground in Afghanistan:
self-censorship, a nudge from the administration to avoid it looking
like Bush/the US has failed in two countries, or what??
Anyway you can see for yourself here on MSNBC's website (they host
or if you prefer, I've attached a screenshot of the covers of the
four editions as pictured on the website.
Hope all is well, if not pretend there are furry bunnies and
lollipops everywhere, and everything will be JUST FINE, don't worry.
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