News You Can Lose

Tom Engelhardt, writing in the Nation‘s blog, examines various covers of Newsweek magazine:

For a little thought experiment, go to the website of Newsweek’s international edition. There, running down the left side of the page, are three covers, all the same, for the European, Asian, and Latin American editions of the October 2 issue.

Each has a dramatic shot of a Taliban fighter shouldering an RPG (rocket-propelled grenade). The cover headline is: “Losing Afghanistan,” pointing to a devastating piece on our Afghan War by Ron Moreau, Sami Yousafzai, and Michael Hirsh, “The Rise of Jihadistan.” which sports this subhead: “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.” (…) Now, go back to the international edition and take another look. Scroll down the page to the cover which doesn’t match the others. That’s the one for Newsweek’s US edition. No Taliban fighter. No RPG. Instead, a photo of an ash-blond woman with three young children dressed in white, one in her arms, and the headline: “My Life in Pictures.”

Read the article here. Is it any wonder, then, that so many Americans are misinformed about the wars our government is waging?

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