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Sunday, April 17, 2005

who needs facts when you've got annthrax on the cover?

it's bad enough that time magazine chooses annthrax as a cover girl, but they also are stupid enough to proffer third-rate conservative satire as facts. in their photo gallery of annthrax through the ages, they show a picture of the parody group "communists for kerry" with this caption:
Example
photo by: katja heinemann/aurora

protesters blast coulter at the g.o.p. convention in new york city last year

uh, guys..."communists for kerry" is a satire group, the hardly-ever-right counterpart to "billionaires for bush."

both groups pretend to be extremists supporters of said candidates to make fun of the opposite side. as anyone with a sense of humor, or, failing that, a lexus-nexus subscription, could tell you.

we wrote a letter to time, pointing this out:

ladies and gentlemen:

i don't expect actual balance from time magazine anymore, but i do expect actual investigation, reporting and facts.

in your current cover article on ann coulter, you make the incredibly bone-headed gaff of offering up a picture of the obviously conservative satirical group "communists for kerry" with the caption "protesters blast coulter at the g.o.p. convention in new york city last year."

are you really so ignorant, so infused with conservative propaganda, so devoid of humor, that you can read one of the signs in the picture that says "liberating iraqi children from tyranny is costing too much" and actually believe that any american would put together such a patently self-defeating phrase in a manner that was anything but tongue-in-cheek?

and even if you could, don't journalistic ethics (you remember them, they used to be big back in the 60's) demand that you investigate the easily-read title of the group "communists for kerry.com," which, for anybody with access to lexus/nexus, would have revealed that the group is satirical in nature and conservative in politics, ie, on ann coulter's side?

are you guys just lazy? or stupid? or both?

we bet it won't be printed.

update: no, the letter was not printed, but the online gallery did offer a correction. now the caption to that pic states:

pro-g.o.p protesters at the republican convention in new york city last year

correction: the original caption incorrectly stated that these protesters were blasting coulter

well, we take what we can get with today's mtm.
posted by skippy at 6:02 PM |

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