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You probably did not read it here first, but in case you didn't see it --and to underscore the issue raised even if you did-- I'll describe a dramatic phenomenon (that would be astonishing if we didn't already know how the corporate media have habitually copped out of telling Americans what's really happening to our country).

You can see the pictures elsewhere (like truthout.org/ and rising-hegemon.blogspot.com/2006/09/if-you-want-to-know-why-media-is.html .) Here it is in words.

We see four covers of the current issue of Newsweek. There are the covers for Europe, Asia, and South America. And then there is the cover for the United States.

The first three are identical. On it there is a most arresting image and a most important headline. The headline says "Losing Afghanistan." The image is a picture of what appears to be an Afghan tribesman with a resolute expression on his face and a menacing-looking mortar-launcher (I believe) in his hands.

That's not the cover Newsweek used for the people of the United States, however. For us, the wise and good folks at Newsweek decided that it would be more appropriate to give us a cover with a picture of Annie Liebowitz and her several little kids, along with the headline, "My Life in Pictures."

I guess Newsweek operates on a "need to know" basis, right?
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Andy Schmookler, an award-winning author, political commentator, radio talk-show host, and teacher, was the Democratic nominee for Congress from Virginia's 6th District. His new book -- written to have an impact on the central political battle of our time -- is (more...)

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