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‘Newsweek’ needs your help: HotAir’s First alternative cover story contest

posted at 12:13 pm on July 31, 2012 by

You’ve probably heard or read by now that Newsweek has announced plans to suspend print production. No specific date has been set for the last print issue of the 79-year-old magazine, but with the company projected to lose as much as $22 million this year, the move to an exclusively digital format can’t be rationalized as merely accommodating the times.

It is only speculation, but one might reasonably suspect that the problem for Newsweek (or Newsweak, as it is known among detractors) is its long-held and until recently vigorously denied liberal bias. This inclination has been inescapable in the Obama era, with the image of the nation’s first black president appearing on the cover no fewer than a dozen times. The most recent occurrence was in May when the cover was graced by a head shot of the president in which he is seen gazing into the distance (the future?), a rainbow halo above his noggin, the caption “The First Gay President” emblazoned at the bottom.

View slideshow: ‘Newsweek’ cover photos

As supportive of the president as Newsweek has been, its staff has gone out of its way to be uncharitable in equal measure to his opponents. Back in April, when Rep. Michele Bachmann was still a contender for the GOP presidential nomination, the magazine ran as unflattering a picture of her on its cover as its photographic gurus could muster. For good measure, they added the cutline “Queen of Rage.” When they couldn’t find a Republican to bash, Newsweek went after conservatives as a whole, featuring a cover story titled “Why are Obama’s critics so dumb?”

The magazine’s most recent outrage is its current lead story, titled “The Wimp Factor: Is He Just Too Insecure to Be President.” Lest you mistakenly assume that Newsweek’s handlers had come to their senses and finally published an honest assessment of Barack Obama, be advised that the piece focuses on Mitt Romney.

This has to be the final triumph. Here is a president who has been snubbed repeatedly by the Russians, ridiculed by the French for his inaction, called a weakling by our enemies in Iran, and even derided by his own party for his spinelessness in his negotiations with the Republican congressional leadership in 2010. And Newsweek is obsessed with whether Mitt Romney has the cojones to be president!

The conservative blog Ace of Spades was unable to resist conjuring up an alternative cover shot for the magazine’s “Wimp Factor” issue, which is hilarious (h/t reader Buy Danish). It is doubtful that anyone can equal, let alone surpass, JohnE.’s masterful photoshopping (and that includes yours truly), but all readers are welcome to enter the First Alternative Newsweek Cover Story Contest. Those who lack graphic editing skills are welcome to submit a photo of his nibs (or description of the same) with a “Wimp Factor” cutline. No prizes (sorry!) other than bragging rights and the undying admiration of fellow readers.

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This inclination has been inescapable in the Obama era, with the image of the nation’s first black president appearing on the cover no fewer than a dozen times.

Why would they be posting pictures of Bill?
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Mr. Prodigy on July 31, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Link to Examiner story here.

I don’t see a link in that story anywhere to an actual contest or a way to post pics?

Those who lack graphic editing skills are welcome to submit a photo of his nibs (or description of the same) with a “Wimp Factor” cutline. No prizes (sorry!) other than bragging rights and the undying admiration of fellow readers.

Submit? Submit where? Your e-mail and/or Facebook?

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on July 31, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Mitt Romney: so bland and yet so competent that he scares the little boy pants off Obama.

rbj on July 31, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Submit? Submit where? Your e-mail and/or Facebook?

Sorry if it was not clear. Links to online photos can be inserted in a comment box by clicking “link” and entering the image’s URL. Original art can by all means be sent directly to me and I will post it here or in followup column.

Howard Portnoy on July 31, 2012 at 1:21 PM

newsweek is going out of print? what the hell am I going to wipe with?

burserker on July 31, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Extra! Read all about it (on your computer)!

Snooze-Squeak is a WIMP!!!

Steve Z on July 31, 2012 at 1:58 PM

burserker on July 31, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Time. The New York Times. The Washington Post.
There is no shortage of paper for that use.

PatriotGal2257 on July 31, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Obama: The Wimp Factor…He married Michelle.

Sabercat2 on July 31, 2012 at 3:34 PM

The Wimp Factor: “You Didn’t Bowl That!”

Resist We Much on July 31, 2012 at 6:13 PM

Our first entrant! Nicely done, though you might have included a reference to bowling “like the Special Olympics.”

Howard Portnoy on July 31, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Our first entrant! Nicely done, though you might have included a reference to bowling “like the Special Olympics.”

Howard Portnoy on July 31, 2012 at 7:08 PM

I’ll see if I can fit it in. I’m a novice and space was a problem. :-)

Resist We Much on July 31, 2012 at 7:11 PM

I’ll see if I can fit it in. I’m a novice and space was a problem.

Resist We Much on July 31, 2012 at 7:11 PM

No need. It’s great work as is.

Howard Portnoy on July 31, 2012 at 7:18 PM

I don’t have the graphic editing chops, but can anyone run with this:

http://articles.nydailynews.com/2009-01-28/news/17913511_1_door-billion-stimulus-package-president-obama

maybe with “Window of Opportunity” for the headline?

Transpo on July 31, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Transpo on July 31, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Nice one. Definitely possibilities there.

Do you like this one better?

Yes, Resist. That’s an extra base hit, at least.

Howard Portnoy on July 31, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Another entry received via email signed by Rick Shick (DeputySlimChiply):

http://www.flickr.com/photos/66366633@N05/7687935756/in/photostream

Howard Portnoy on July 31, 2012 at 8:59 PM

This inclination has been inescapable in the Obama era, with the image of the nation’s first half-black half-white president appearing on the cover no fewer than a dozen times.

FTFY, Portnoy.

FlatFoot on July 31, 2012 at 10:49 PM