The Economist Obama and Bush Covers
posted at 12:34 pm on January 20, 2010 by Track-A-'Crat
Lose the people, keep the press?
I’m not entirely sure which loss would irritate President Obama more – although I suspect that the withdrawal of his daily worship fix from the MSM would have more impact on his impenetrable self-belief than the protesting howls of the masses – but we could soon find out: the public is deserting the 44th president, and certain brave enclaves of the MSM might just follow. Not TIME or Newsweek, of course – their oaths of fealty bound generations to come – but The Economist, perhaps?
That’s against 50 covers that featured, or headlined, President Bush:
(There are almost certainly more Dubya covers, but The Economist’s online archive only stretches back as far as 2001. )
Unlike TIME and Newsweek, which are happily drooling into each other’s ears about their bottomless love for Obama, The Economist’s covers are not uniformly nauseating – they are generally optimistic, but that merely reflects The Economist’s soft-Left leanings and, at least until recently, the sentiments of a large swathe of the American populace.
If the MSM wants to revive its moribund circulation, one way that this might be accomplished (if it’s even still possible at this late stage) would be through providing coverage that at least aspires to be a little more even-handed.
And should that ever come to pass, then we won’t have to speculate: for President Obama will have lost both the people and the press.