National Enquirer's Whitney Houston Photo Sparks Outrage

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The National Enquirer has sparked outrage by publishing a picture of a body in an open coffin, alleged to be that of Whitney Houston. The Guardian has reported on the matter today (February 22, 2012) but have chosen not to reproduce the cover image, which is said to show the singer lying in a gold casket in a funeral home.
A report from the Washington Post slams the move, saying "a line has been crossed," arguing that it's "highly unethical" to have published the photograph, especially without prior consent from the family. However, The Guardian reminds its readers that this is not the first time that the National Enquirer has pulled a publicity stunt such as this in order to increase its readership. In 1977, the same publication published a photograph of Elvis Presley in his casket. They also printed an image of Michael Jackson's deceased body. The same photo was republished by a number of newspapers when it was shown during the trial of his doctor, Conrad Murray.
Since Whitney Houston passed away unexpectedly - aged 48 - on February 11, 2012, there as been intense media speculation regarding the cause of her death and the reaction of her family to her former husband Bobby Brown. Aretha Franklin, a close family friend, has been publicly defending her reasons for not attending Whitney's funeral and no doubt this latest scandal will be a further blow to the family, if proven to be a genuine image.


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The Enquirer needs to think before doing stuff like this. Its sad I tell ya.
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IT S NOT THE FIRST TIME THE ENQUIRE CHOSE TO VIOLATE PRIVACY! NOR THE FIRST TIME THEY ATTEMPED TO IMPUNE A FAMILY OR PRINT DOCTORED PHOTOS! IT S AN EMBARRASSMENT TO COUNT THE ENQUIRER AMONG THE PRESS!
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they r probably using the $ To build a golden calf
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America is a very stupid country with many nosey pp who really should mind their bizness.
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think her fans should be able to see her "her last photo in death" we all loved her and death is part of life..at least we know she was laid to rest..not the case with our beloved Michael Jackson !! we also saw amy winehouse and anna nicole smith and it helped with closure!!! gone way too soon!!! just hope daughter knows she could die from drugs as well ..she deserves a great life it ruined her mom and took her life when she could be with her if she stayed away from drugs !!!we wish her the best!!!
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The Inquirer is getting just the reaction they want. It's all over the TV and all in the media as an outrage.These ppl don't have respect for anyone dead or alive. Money talks bigs time with trash like them and that's their bottom line. They will pay Satan for a photo or story. They had almost become a mute point lately thanks to other trash media like TMZ so this is their version of a comeback of sorts and they don't give a damn about Whitney, her child, her mom and anyone else. So ppl need to learn how to trash the trashy!
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