In producing something that literally no one wanted or asked for on Tuesday, Time Magazine opened themselves up for an avalanche of criticism. Their “parents’ guide to talking to children about the death of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani” was one of the more bizarre offerings from the liberal media in recent months, simply because we can’t imagine any parent actually struggling to explain it. And if they were struggling, we can’t understand why they would turn to Time Magazine, of all outlets, to help them get through it. None of this makes any sense at all.
But if the mere idea of producing such a guide was ill-conceived from the beginning, the content itself proved that execution can easily make a bad idea worse.
“Trust your instincts,” wrote Time for Kids editor Jaime Joyce. “You know your kids best. Use that knowledge to gauge the depth and breadth of your discussion.”
What parent needed Time Magazine to tell them this?
But it gets worse when we move into the Q&A section.
“Who was Soleimani?” a child might ask.
“Soleimani was a top military leader in Iran, a country in the Middle East,” the guide offers as an answer.
True enough, we suppose, but that hardly gets to the root of it, now does it?
“Why did the U.S. take action against Soleimani?” a theoretical child might ask.
“President Donald Trump has called Soleimani a terrorist. Trump says Soleimani ordered attacks on American military and diplomats and was planning attacks against Americans in the Middle East. For this reason, Trump ordered the U.S. military to kill Soleimani. The drone attack took place at an airport in Baghdad, in Iraq. An Iraqi leader was also killed.”
Notice how the “facts” are that Soleimani was a top military leader in Iran, but when it gets into why the U.S. killed him, we suddenly veer into the realm of “Donald Trump said this” and “Donald Trump said that.” We’re sure children are meant to pick up on the difference.
In a tweet, conservative writer Ben Shapiro advised Time Magazine that they could have saved themselves a whole bunch of words if they really wanted to explain to kids what happened last week.
“A bad man who killed tens of thousands of people including hundreds of Americans was blown up,” Shapiro said.
Short, sweet, and true. None of which is Time Magazine’s style.