The cover of Newsweek featuring a revived Princess Diana walking with the new Duchess Kate Middleton had many creeped out and asking whether it’s in “poor taste.” There was also talk of zombies, low-quality journalism, and even lower-quality Photoshopping.
Nonetheless, Tina Brown stands by the cover and the story, calling it “intriguing” and “very effective.” In an appearance on Morning Joe, she focused on the debate that the image (and others that were featured, including Di holding an iPhone) touched off rather than the ultimate appropriateness of the feature.
Mediaite interprets it as: “Sure, some people are saying they hate it but, hey, at least they’re saying the name Newsweek, right?”
As Newsweek struggles for relevance, it’s gotten a momentary shot in the arm with this feature, but may have also taken a shot. Princess Di is still a beloved figure and there’s the question of whether this is simply a crass way to get attention. One wonders what the conversations were like in the newsroom when this was laid out.