Monday, March 26, 2007

One of these things is not like the others

If you ever doubt the contempt the media feels toward the American public, take a look sometimes at the U.S. editions of the weekly news magazines compared to their international versions and the stories deemed most important.

Case in point, this week, the cover story in Time's American version is "Why We Should Teach the Bible in Public Schools," no doubt an offshoot of the five or six Jesus stories the mag seems to do every year (like "Historical Jesus," "What We Know About Jesus," and my personal favorite - "Jesus H. Christ that hurt! Why do they call it the funny bone?")

Meanwhile, the European, Asian and South Pacific editions of the magazine each feature a cover on the potential loss of Afghanistan to Islamic fundamentalists.

I guess there was no new Britney news this week to dangle in front of the U.S. audience.


Anonymous said...

Newsweek does the same thing - they will have a sily celebrity story on the American Newsweek but the international editions are on some serious topic.

Anonymous said...

It's really more of a sad comment on the American public. The magazines know what cover stories sell and won't. That's wny they print the fluff here.

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