The latest cover of New York gives Obama a makeover...
...while Time's cover gives Beck some tongue.
Racist haters or silly billies?
There appears to be a slight blip between viewpoints when you compare the latest covers of Time and New York magazines, perhaps the result of increased media fragmentation and the need to "comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comforted" to attract a niche, but regular stable of readers.
(Remember: part of Newsweek's latest strategy is to attract fewer readers, which I wrote about here.)
Personally, I find it hard to downplay Obama posters featuring Hitler mustaches, swastikas, and whiteface as "just clowning around," but Time prefers to look on the sunny side of life by writing a virtual love letter to conservative commentator Glenn Beck - the guy, you'll recall, who calls Obama a racist.
Time Magazine does call Beck a "pudgy" and "weeping" phenomenon, but only as a lead in to compare him to Oprah and Dr. Phil and to congratulate him on being a "gifted entrepreneur."
"Time" for a change
Regardless of what one might think of the content, the article is a path well trodden for Time magazine. "Is Glenn Beck bad for America?" it asks.
- Not much different from 1995, when it asked: "Is Rush Limbaugh good for America?"
- Or when it gave Ann Coulter the cover in April, 2005, and called her "Ms. Right."
- Or in June, 1986, when it called William Rehnquist "Reagan's Mr. Right."
- Or in December 1995 when it gave Newt Gingrich the cover as "Man of the Year."
"Gifted entrepreneur" or "the enduring rot in American politics?" Hmmmm....tough call!