Headlines and photo placements are deliberate design constructs to draw attention to an article.
This is especially true in magazines in which there is more time than a daily publication to layout eye catching pages to lead readers to specific stories. I know because I spent 40 years taking photos that had to fit copy. And I worked with art directors and copy writers whose job it was to piece it all together.
Putting the headline “Target Practice” next to Pelosi’s and, of all people, Giffords’, photo was deliberate and in today’s climate of hyper-partisan “enemies” labeling most certainly a threat. Not to mention irresponsible.
Maybe the NRA thought it was clever or cute. But that certainly doesn’t speak highly of the mindset behind the editors and their bosses.
Does the NRA want real pipe bombs delivered next time?