Editors: Sometimes, you need an approval process

When Parade ran an interview with slain politician Benazir Bhutto—and neglected to mention that she’s dead—you have to wonder who signed off on the story.

There, on the cover, was a picture of Pakistan opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, along with this pull quote: “I am what the terrorists most fear.” And then the tagline: “An interview from Pakistan, by Gail Sheehy.” Huh? This was 10 days after Bhutto had been assassinated. Was she speaking from the grave? Does Ms. Sheehy have the same sort of celestial connections that Mike Huckabee claims to have? We were confused. Obviously, we thought, once we got inside, there would be an explanation … that the editors would explain that this interview occurred just before her death and they decided to run it anyway. But even if they had an explanation, shouldn’t they have changed the cover? Or at least the pull quote? We had many questions, so we jumped in.

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