Cover outrage? Get over it

Cover outrage? Get over it: Via Doc Searls, I’ve learned that some bloggers are complaining (and here) about U.S. News & World Report’s current (May 3) cover issue. They are complaining that the cover is presenting John Kerry as a “red, leftist” and George Bush as a “right-wing, military man,” while everyone knows that in reality, blah, blah, Kerry was the hero and Bush was the partyboy, etc., etc. As magazine covers are (is?) a topic this weblog refers to once in a while, I thought it might be interesting to take a (an?) historic look at this side-by-side candidate cover illustration cliche. Unfortunately, U.S. News is not a magazine I follow and they don’t have a good cover archive from the past couple of decades, so I will limit my quick history lesson to Time as their archive sets the gold standard for easy access.

But before I do that, I’d like to display just how much of a cliché the current U.S. News cover is by reminding people that it is merely a clone of the February 23 Newsweek cover.

As for those who would like to see Bush portrayed less positively on a magazine cover than U.S. News presents him, hey, that’s perhaps the easiest assignment in the world.

Now, a flashback to Time’s Bush-Gore covers from the last presidential campaign. Ironic, isn’t it? Bush is always on the left, Gore on the right. A conspiracy?

  • lcreekmo

    I’m going to make the suggestion that JUST MAYBE the USNWR editors put Kerry on the left this week b/c if he’d been on the right, he’d have been glaring at Bush’s ear, instead of gazing into the distance the way he actually was when the photo was taken.

    And maybe that red/blue thing is a conspiracy, but maybe they got tired of the red state/blue state color chart and decided to mix things up. You don’t hear the Midwest and South whining that the media has declared them “commies” by assigning Republican states red when election time rolls around.

    I hate to point out to the blog world, but most of the Communists left in this world are trying to become capitalists as fast as they can. That “commie” slur just isn’t what it was 20 years ago.