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Outside mag's fake Lance cover

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by ringer, Jun 17, 2010.

  1. ringer

    ringer Member

    Outside magazine put a fake t-shirt on Lance Armstrong on the new cover that says "38, BFD." I don't care if there's a tiny asterisk saying it's not his real shirt, it's a severe ethical lapse. Why couldn't they just ask him to wear the shirt? Were the editors afraid he wouldn't do it? Or is it a mutually-staged stunt?

    Try not to give Outside any additional web traffic for this. (Obviously, that's what they want.) Better to view the photo on another source. Here's one:

  2. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Playboy does this all the time.
  3. ringer

    ringer Member

    Make the cover bimbo wear a shirt?
  4. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    They put actresses/models on their cover wearing a shirt with the rabbit on it. I think Jessica Alba/Paris Hilton/Rosanna Arquette are among those who have complained.
  5. HejiraHenry

    HejiraHenry Well-Known Member

    Magazine cover ethics? As if.
  6. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    The bigger problem is when a mag uses a "stock" photo then makes it appear that the person featured actually cooperated with the story, or posed specifically for that cover. It's as weak as Newsweek running the Palin Running World photo.
  7. HejiraHenry

    HejiraHenry Well-Known Member

    Darkening up OJ's mug shot.
  8. Shoeless Joe

    Shoeless Joe Active Member

    Darkening OJ's mug shot on the cover of a legitimate news magazine is unethical.
    Doctoring photos in any way on a the cover of a feature magazine, who cares.
  9. goalmouth

    goalmouth Active Member

    I'd much rather give Outside my click than those content-stealing assholes at HuffPost.
  10. ringer

    ringer Member

    Remember, Outside has done serious/award-winning journalistm in the past, including stories that eventually became "Into Thin Air," and "A Perfect Storm."

    Why care? In a word, credibility -- of the profession and, on a smaller scale, of anyone who has ever written (or will write) for that magazine. Credibility is really the only thing a journalist has to offer. Erode that, and you've got bupkes.
  11. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

  12. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    I've subscribed to Outside for about 15 years now. So I can safely say the Outside that used to publish Krakauer and Junger is dead, replaced by this version that strives to be GQ for the hiking/cycling/kayaking set.

    Armstrong has been on the cover eight times now in about five years. Anderson freakin' Cooper has been on the cover twice in less than 18 months.

    They shouldn't have done it. But given some other decisions over the years, it's not a shock. Sadly.
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