Brown defends Newsweek’s Princess Di image

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Newsweek photoshopped Princess Diana onto its July 4 cover for Tina Brown's story about what the people's princess could have been like at age 50 had she lived. "Inside, there's another photo illustration of a resurrected Diana clutching an iPhone," writes Dylan Stableford. "In other words, pure fan fiction." Brown went on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" this morning to discuss "The Princess of Whales" (that's how it was spelled on MSNBC's screen banner).

Some people think it’s kind of spooky and ‘Should we have done it?’ and others think it’s very effective. I think it’s a very intriguing package to show what she’d be like today. ... I wanted to make her a time traveler.

The Week covers the controversy, too, and dutifully runs this disclosure: "Sir Harold Evans, editor-at-large of The Week, is married to Tina Brown, editor-in-chief of Newsweek and The Daily Beast."

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