Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Time Magazine Does it Again
Several years ago back when Chimpy Bush was still despoiling the Oval Office, there was a notorious incident in which Time magazine ran a cover story overseas about an upswing in violence in Afghanistan while the domestic U.S. cover featured celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz. At the time, many who were against the America's wars took it as proof that the mainstream media was trying to suppress bad news about one of America's ill-advised overseas military misadventures.
As you can see by the image above, Time has gone ahead and done it again with its December 5th issue. While the overseas cover stories are about the resurgence in violence in Egypt, the domestic cover story is an utterly frivolous piece about anxiety. This time, however, there doesn't seem to be any pro-war agenda as the Egyptian story does not involve American imperialism. In fact, if you look closely at each cover you'll notice that the Egypt story and the anxiety story each appear in both the domestic and overseas editions. The difference is merely in the chosen cover art. So the agenda now seems to be avoiding placing an unpleasant image on the cover that would keep people from buying the magazine.
If what I suspect is true, we really have become a nation not of sheep like so many doomers like to say, but of ostriches, determined to bury our heads in the sands and ignore unpleasant realities at all costs. The problem with ignoring reality, of course, is that sooner or later it will show up at your doorstep anyway in very bad mood, ready to forcibly demonstrate to you the the folly of your ways.