‘Newsweek’ needs your help: HotAir’s First alternative cover story contest
posted at 12:13 pm on July 31, 2012 by Howard Portnoy
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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