Why Didn’t We Get the Same Cover as Everyone Else?
Newsweek, October 2, 2006. While the rest of the world was staring at a cover story about how America isn’t doing so well in Iraq, you and I were greeted with a warm and fuzzy cover story about a female photographer called “My Life in Pictures.” I can only think of 3 reasons why this might have happened, and all 3 of them trouble me.
1: Newsweek was pandering to the world’s growing resentment of the U.S.
2: Newsweek wanted to avoid pressure or backlash from the American government.
3: Newsweek was worried that if they told us the same thing they were telling everyone else, we’d buy fewer magazines.
Since when did Americans need to be sheltered from a Free Press? Since when did we lose our ability to judge perspective and motive? Who is it, exactly, that believes you and I need to be sheltered from what everyone else is seeing? I’m not sure whether to be insulted, scared or sad…
Am I out of line to be concerned about this?