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Timing is everything

January 6, 2008

Strange, I normally associate Parade magazine with fluff articles about movie stars telling how they overcame the sadness of being incredibly rich and popular.

The interview with Benazir Bhutto took place on 29 November, 2007, and all 32 million copies of the magazine went to press before her assassination on 27 December.  It was one of her last interviews.

If people are known by the company they keep, Bhutto hung out with John Kenneth Galbraith.  If they’re known by who their enemies are, Osama Bin Laden spent $10m of his own money (sending it to the jihadist-infiltrated ISI, Pakistan’s intelligence agency) to get her thrown from power. 

I guarantee that Parade magazine will receive letters from people who are bent out of shape because they don’t understand that the issue was printed before the assassination.  Click on the picture to read the interview.

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  1. January 6, 2008 at 11:28 | #1

    Was it just me or did the author of that article come off as a presumptuous ass? I guess I just don’t know enough about Bhutto because I’m kinda young, but from what I have read I thought there was just allegations against her and not much evidence?

  2. January 8, 2008 at 18:22 | #2

    When I picked up the paper I thought What the H*** she’s dead—couldn’t at least put an extra sheet of paper in there saying that?

  3. January 8, 2008 at 18:57 | #3

    Some newspapers did, sort of.  Our local paper put an explanation on their front page.  The Chicago Tribune did not, or I missed it.

    It would be a major logistical challenge to slip a sheet of paper into each individual copy.  33m copies x 0.040 inches thickness works out to a stack over 20 miles high, or something like three thousand tightly packed pallets full, sitting in a warehouse ready to ship. 

    The scale of publishing boggles my mind.

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