Monday, September 25, 2006

One Of These Newsweek Covers Is Not Like The Others, Begging The Question: Why?

In Europe, Latin America and Asia, the Oct. 2 edition of Newsweek features a cover story about how Afghanistan isn't the sunny democracy discussed by the Bush Administration.

In the U.S., the Oct. 2 edition of Newsweek features a cover story on celebrity photographer Annie Leibowitz.

One of these covers is not like the others. What's wrong with this picture?

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The Newsweek story starts simply: "You don't have to drive very far from Kabul these days to find the Taliban."

That matches up with what the Washington Post reported that Lt. Gen. Karl Eikenberry, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, says often to his staff: "Show me where the roads end, and I will show you where the Taliban begins."

Now compare the above two quotes to what President Bush said in 2004: "(A)s a result of the United States military, Taliban no longer is in existence."

One of these quotes is not like the others.

So what exactly is Newsweek trying to do by switching covers? Protect Americans from the truth -- or the "truthiness" of the Bush Administration?

Wonkette, writing about the variation in the covers, notes: "Damning evidence that the press can’t or won’t escape its lapdog complicity for fear of further upsetting right-leaning American readers? Sure."

I'd love to hear alternative explanations.

10 Comments:

Anonymous file83 said...

Some suggest that's it's a simple factor of "marketing" to the American audience.

But if that were the case, I'm pretty sure Latin America's cover would have been Hugo Chavez on the cover, not Afghanistan.

Asia would have been something else (Honda's new super clean diesel engine!?)

Europe, I can see the audience being interested in Afghanistan.

But America? WE WANT TO KNOW ABOUT AFGHANISTAN!!! Not Annie Leibowitz! That cover fits the likes of Entertainment Weekly, not NEWSWEEK!!.

8:36 PM  
Anonymous AIJ Alom said...

I can see the Administrations logic behind this one....pressure Newsweek to have a cover story about a photographer so the American people do not realize that we are losing the war on terror and hence try to preserve their congressional allies and simultaneously broadcast to our allies overseas that we need the help in Afghanistan by telling the bitter truth.

8:37 PM  
Anonymous muriel_volestrangler said...

It might be understandable if it were American-specific news that had displaced the Afghanistan story - eg when Lamont beat Lieberman. That kind of story isn't of great international interest, but is important in the USA. But the article on Leibowitz isn't news, it's 'general interest' that isn't the "this is the one thing you should read this week" - which is what a cover stroy of a news magazibne ought to be. Either they have a very low opinion of their American readers, or they have a political agenda about covering up bad news from Afghanistan.

8:39 PM  
Anonymous tenshi816 said...

Too many people outside the US know the truth, too.

For instance, the guy painting my house has a son in the RAF flying Chinooks with the NATO forces in Afghanistan. He's stationed in Kandahar and says the southern part of Afghanistan is a complete mess, Taliban everywhere, and not enough boots on the ground to fight them. Also, the RAF planes are falling to bits but the pilots are flying so many missions that there's not enough time to ground them long enough to make repairs (not something a father wants to hear from his pilot son).

People are talking about what's really going on there and it's not being covered up by a pile of uber-patriotic horseshit.

8:39 PM  
Anonymous Imagevision said...

Out Of Country Cover doesn't look too good for GOP in an election year!!

Too bad rolling stone couldn't have done something?...

8:40 PM  
Anonymous MsUnderstood said...

Wow I love Annie Leibowitz!

How exciting. She is much prettier than the ugly foriegn guy on that European cover. . .I'm gonna buy that american newsweek and read all about her photography of the celebrities.

What? People are dying and the taliban is coming back? LA LA LA LA someone is talking but I cannot hear them LA LA LA LA

*sarcasm off*

8:40 PM  
Anonymous teryang said...

losing a war is the unpardonable political sin

so obviously the cover choice represents censorship.

8:41 PM  
Anonymous BuyingThyme said...

What is it they don't want the rest of the world to know about Leibowitz?

8:41 PM  
Blogger thewaronterrible said...

The U.S. version of the magazine has just earned a new name: Newsweak.
I bet a lot of Newsweak subscribers would cancel if they had knowledge of this blatant censorship.

11:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could it be that the MSM in the states just doesnt care about the war on terror here in America and cares more about hollyweird celebrities? I would say yes.

1:41 PM  

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