"Our cover image this week is powerful, shocking and disturbing," Time magazine's editor, Richard Stengel, wrote in the August 9 issue . Time had chosen to run a photo of a mutilated Afghan woman —not as a stunt, but as a serious document of the war. "I would rather confront readers with the Taliban's treatment of women than ignore it."
And how did Time follow up that serious, challenging journalistic statement? Here's the August 16 cover:
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