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?