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Noble Kings and Princes Would Bow When Ere They Came

Someone at CNN hates Mary Travers. I know this for a fact.

You remember Mary Travers. She’s the “Mary” of “Peter, Paul, and Mary.” They of the sweet, folk harmonies of the ’60s. They of the many PBS specials. They of “Puff the Magic Dragon.”

This is how Mary used to look 1) back in the day; and 2) recently:

Like Crystal Gayle, Mary Travers knows what works for her and she sticks with it.

But, back to the Travers-hater at CNN. Just the other day (as noted on the Sideblog), CNN reported that Mary is undergoing chemotherapy for leukemia. (Peter, Paul, and Mary’s website states that a full remission is expected within a matter of months and that Mary looks forward to touring again when she’s feeling better. Cross your fingers for a quick recovery!) So what picture does CNN choose to run with this story? What appealing photo of the singer in her glory days does CNN pick to accompany this human interest story? That’s right. The WORST PICTURE EVER TAKEN OF MARY TRAVERS – OR PERHAPS OF ANY HUMAN BEING.

Why, CNN? What’s the matter? Did you have a bad experience at summer camp? Were you scarred by enforced PPM sing-a-longs on family roadtrips with your Boomer parents? Are you driven to inexplicable levels of rage by three-hour pledge-drive PPM specials? Is this really misplaced anger at Joan Baez or Judy Collins? Why kick a folkie when she’s down?

[Peter Paul & Mary lyrics = 1]

{ 4 } Comments

  1. RSLS | December 9, 2004 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    Dudes, that really sucks. It’s akin to the photo of Margaret Cho that all the right wing sites posted after Matt Drudge’s rant.

  2. Miranda | December 9, 2004 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    It’s just so mean!

  3. spike | December 10, 2004 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

    omg, that’s a horrendous photo! how awful!

  4. Susan | February 19, 2008 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

    Mary is beautiful no matter what the photos say.

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