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I have to admit when I first saw Annie Leibovitz on the cover of Newsweek I was a bit surprised, but pleasantly so. How often are photographers granted the status of cover subjects on such an esteemed news periodical?

Then my rosy worldview came crashing down thanks to a blog item by The Nation’s Tom Engelhardt, which puts the issue into perspective by noting that Annie’s appearance on the U.S. version of the magazine bumped the real news story to the inside pages. The cover headline Newsweek readers in Europe, Latin America and Asia saw was not Annie’s “My Life in Pictures,” but “Losing Afghanistan.”