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is taking a hit now for being such a dinosaur in the publishing world, with a lead time that supposedly precluded any change to their cover story after Bhutto's assassination Dec. 27.
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Maybe you were as surprised as I was to open up the Sunday paper and find Parade magazine's cover story, which asked: "Is Benazir Bhutto America's best hope against al-Qaeda?"

My thoughts: No. Golly, I hope not. Given that she's dead and buried.

Parade is taking a hit now (see the comments at Parade's website via the link above, for example, or in this HuffPo piece) for being such a dinosaur in the publishing world, with a lead time that supposedly precluded any change to the story after Bhutto's assassination Dec. 27, 10 days before the issue date. Parade's readers are proving surprisingly adept at getting to the website and publishing savage critiques. (No "cancel-my-subscription" threats, though.)

Sources indicate this isn't the last time Parade will get a black eye in 2008. Consider these cover stories already in the queue at Parade, and coming to your Sunday brunch soon:

Lighting a Fire: Fred Thompson Is Transforming the GOP Race for President

Rocket Fuel: Roger Clemens on His Workout Routine and His Plans to Play a 25th Season

Britney: All Cleaned Up, Calmed Down and Ready to Be a Mom