Spiegel Defends Cover of President Trump Beheading Liberty

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

Let’s face it, any magazine cover of US President Donald Trump is sure to ruffle some feathers. If painted in a positive light, the far left will cry fowl. Make him look bad? The far right will come to his defense and shout ‘fake news’. So when Germany’s Der Spiegel released their latest issue on Saturday and decided to feature bloody scene of Trump beheading the Statue of Liberty, the publication added plenty of fuel to the already burning fire, and they are happy to defend their decision.

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Spiegel editor-in-chief Klaus Brinkbaeumer told Reuters that he was a little surprised by the negative reaction the cover received around the world, but stands firm with his decision to run the image. “we are defending democracy,” Brinkbaeumer stated in defense. “Are these serious times? Yes they are.”


Brinkbaeumer finished by adding, “we want to show what this is about, it’s about democracy, it’s about freedom, it’s about freedom of the press, freedom of justice and all that is seriously endangered”.


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Sources: Reuters

Photos: Der Spiegel

Stephen Fuchs
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