Welcome to Clone Covers, 2004

Welcome to Clone Covers, 2004: Thanks to those who already have e-mailed me this morning to ask if I am going to start a Clone Covers, 2004 (like last year’s), in which I note the weeks Time and Newsweek Magazines look strikingly similar. The answer is yes.

January 12, 2004

If the appearance of Howard Dean on the covers of both magazines during the same week seems familiar to you, you’re on top of your Clone Covers. Last August, both magazines did a similar story to this week’s.

August 11, 2003

For the record, last year, both magazines also started the year featuring the same topic (Kim Jong II). Also for the record, in 2003, Wesley Clark was the only other Democrat presidential nominee candidate to appear on the cover or either magazine (September 28 cover of Newsweek). (Well, except for Hillary.) (If this still makes no sense, visit Clone Covers, 2003, for an explanation and archive.) (Thanks to the earliest bird, Bill.)

  • Hudge

    I propose starting a blogpool for double cover-age. It could be on an ongoing thing – each week there’s a 50 Cent ante and players propose what they think will be double cover-age. The pool grows until the next time Time and Newsweek have twins AND one of us newshounds guesses right. Deadline for guesses is COB on Fridays.

    At the rate they did this last year, we should have at least six opportunities. (Let’s exclude the post-election presidential winner cover, that’s pretty much a given that both will have whoever wins on the cover. Unless Tom Dewey enters the race.)

  • lcreekmo

    That is an excellent idea, Bill. The problem would be, I think, that so often we’d all figure out who was going to grace both [or all three, throwing in USN&WR] covers. It would be like that $120 million Powerball jackpot you hear about that gets split between 100 bar patrons.
    I must also protest about Bill getting props in the rexblog for being an earlybird. The man gets up at 4 a.m. The real news would be if _I_ had been first with the news. All bitterness is rescinded of course if Bill sent above-referenced email after 8 a.m. [Yes, I do get up before then; I just don’t send emails before then.]

  • Hudge

    Actually, props must go to Drudge, who beat even me to the punch. But you lose on the e-mail timing, Laura. However, you are awake and functioning much later than I, judging from comments elsewhere in this blog. Maybe we could set up a relay system so Rex always has someone to IM or e-mail.

  • Rex Hammock

    Laura has e-mailed me already with her prediction for next week’s covers and I must say, I’m inclined to agree with her. (Wait, am I supposed to keep everyone’s guess a secret?)