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Martha’s Last Laugh
Martha Stewart was shown stepping out from behind parted curtains, as if walking out onto a stage. This Newsweek cover ran when Stewart was due to leave a federal prison in West Virginia. The headline read, “"Martha’s Last Laugh: After Prison She’s Thinner, Wealthier & Ready for Prime Time.” However, Stewart had not actually posed for the photo. The Newsweek editors had attached her head to the body of a model. The magazine was criticized because there was no indication on the cover that the image was a composite. Readers would only have known this if they noticed the photo credit inside the magazine, on page three, that read: “Cover: Photo illustration by Michael Elins ... head shot by Marc Bryan-Brown.”




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