With Time magazine sucking up all the buzz from last week with its controversial cover featuring a breastfeeding mother, Newsweek has decided to up the ante with a cover this week declaring President Obama “ the first gay president.” “If President Clinton was the ‘first black president’ then Obama earns every stripe in that ‘gaylo’ with last week’s gay marriage proclamation,” Brown told Politico’s . “Newsweek’s cover pays tribute to his newly ordained place in history.” Dylan Byers, via email
It wasn’t immediately clear whether their cover outing
President Obama would go on to become as iconically controversial as some of their others, but it wasn’t the first time that Newsweek had made headlines for a provocative cover photo in recent times. In fact, it is pretty clear that part of the Newsweek/Daily Beast strategy for the ailing weekly is to get people talking about them. Good and bad. So like any good lemmings might, we are here to oblige.
Here are some of their most notorious modern-era covers:
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Michele Bachmann (August 2011)
Perhaps the most notorious of the recent-era Newsweek covers is their August 2011 profile of Michele Bachmann.
Slate questioned whether the cover was sexist. "The Newsweek cover was unnecessarily unflattering. I doubt Newsweek would portray a male candidate with such a lunatic expression on his face," wrote Jessica Grose.
Jedidiah Bila called the magazine an "absolute joke."
Sarah Palin: She's One Of The Folks (October 2008)
Newsweek's October 2008 super closeup of Palin drew much flak from many conservative women, who found its untouched zoom-in on her face to be sexist. “This cover is a clear slap in the face at Sarah Palin,”
said . “Why? Because it’s unretouched. It highlights every imperfection that every human being has. We’re talking unwanted facial hair, pores, wrinkles.” Andrea Tantaros
Princess Diana (June 2011)
A cover story last June rose many eyebrows, as it featured a digital manipulation of the deceased princess walking next to
Kate Middleton. "We wanted to bring the memory of Diana alive in a vivid image that transcends time and reflects my piece," Brown claimed, but many critics found the cover to be ghoulish.
The Los Angeles Times Matt Donnelly asked if the cover was "Shocking, brilliant or just plain cheap?"
We're All Socialists Now (February 2009)
"We're All Socialists Now" instilled anger in many media critics, most notably
"This is a remarkable declaration from the liberal media," Graham wrote. "They disparaged the Republicans as they told the voters that Obama would install socialism, and then when he begins to do that, media elites say well, 'we are all socialists now' any way and demand that conservatives get on the bandwagon of "reality" instead of trying to resist."
Why Are Obama's Critics So Dumb? (January 2012)
Conservatives were outraged by this January 2012 cover story which was provocatively entitled, "Why are Obama's critics so dumb?"
"Is there anything the mainstream media won't do to get Obama reelected?"
"If in recent years it seems as if Newsweek has been descending into self-parody, it's still hard to imagine that this is real," The Weekly Standard wrote. Noel Sheppard observed
How Do You Solve A Problem Like Sarah?
Sarah Palin was outraged by Newsweek's use of her Runner's World photos. "The choice of photo for the cover of this week's Newsweek is unfortunate. When it comes to Sarah Palin, this 'news' magazine has relished focusing on the irrelevant rather than the relevant," she wrote on her fan page, adding, "The out-of-context Newsweek approach is sexist and oh-so-expected by now." In an interview with Barbara Walters that she found the cover "a wee bit degrading."
CBN's "biased and sexist at the same time." David Brody called it
Is Your Baby Racist?
, calling it code for liberals to call conservatives racist. "Nobody is going to buy into this, and yet they continue to play the card. This story in Newsweek: Apparently being born white automatically makes you a racist -- which, to me, is just another example of what obsessive racists the leftists actually are," Limbaugh said. Rush Limbaugh blew up at this 2009 cover
Obama: The First Gay President
So far the Drudge Report had the most outrage so far for their cover declaring Obama to be the first gay president, but stay tuned!
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