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?
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.