Thursday, November 11, 2004
I can't resist reporting some of the hysterical reactions to yesterday's classic New York Post cover, from today's letters page.
How much did Phillip Morris pay for the front cover advertisement?
Thank you for continuing to encourage the development of cancer.
Mark Leininger, Manhattan
Your cover is a disgrace.
War is not a video game.
Actual people are losing their lives.
At least 10 U.S. soldiers died early in this battle, not to mention many innocent Iraqi civilians who hadn't left the area.
This man is not a cartoon character. He is a real man who has just been through some of the most trying moments of his life — moments that will most likely haunt him forever.
Yet, there you are exploiting him and promoting cigarettes.
John Keenan, Manhattan
The Post's cover was horrible and crude.
How could you compare our soldiers to the Marlboro Man?
We are not "kicking butt" in Iraq.
We are in an unjustified war with a people who will never allow democracy to come to their country.
Janna Passuntino, Manhattan
I was shocked to see the front page of your newspaper.
Showing a GI smoking and portraying it as being cool is disgusting, to say the least.
First of all, you are promoting smoking, even though it is a health hazard.
Secondly, our brave men and women are fighting a tough war in Iraq, and to show them as you did does not do them justice.
Maybe showing a Marine in a tank, helping another GI or drinking water would have had a more positive impact on your readers.
Smoking should be outlawed, not endorsed.