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Reader Poll: Is Time Cover Unfair To Governor Christie?

November 8, 2013

So here is a question that hit me as soon as I saw the latest cover of Time magazine.




  1. November 11, 2013 10:49 PM

    No, Tom. Read my comment that I left for Dale.

  2. Tom permalink
    November 11, 2013 8:02 PM

    Obviously the answer is no because he is republican. If he were democrat the answer would be yes. All that matters is who is smeared since justifications are easy. Did I get it right?

  3. November 11, 2013 10:12 AM

    Thanks Dale for the comment.

    I did hear this talked over by others, and as such threw it out to my readers. Had I the last editing decision at the magazine I might have printed a different headline. Time (along with other media print institutions) should strive to be more professional in all cases, and not lower the standards. Lord knows we have enough of those lower standards around in media all the time. For instance, one of my beefs is listening to a news channel refer to getting the ‘low-down’ on a story. While The New Yorker often has whimsical/satirical artwork for a cover, and that is their style (which I love), I think Time (and Newsweek if it were still a magazine) has a different history and therefore a different standard which I would like them to meet. I thought the printed articles about Christie were first-rate in the magazine. To broaden my geekdom out one step further, and I add this only so that this post might be viewed in a broader media context I also like to see how newspapers lay out their front cover and how big stories are presented. That is why from time to time there will be a post on CP with up to a dozen front pages from around the nation when a major event happens. Our perceptions are formed by how stories are presented, and as such though subtle (or not so subtle) I thought the Time cover was worth a post.

  4. November 11, 2013 6:12 AM

    Sheesh. Should we spend our entire life looking for hidden meanings in everything? I f the Gov was severely underweight, would we wonder the same thing? Perhaps we should judge every person’s characteristics, compare them to politically correct positions, and if not societally acceptable, we should be mindful of our language so that those who might be offended are not. Perhaps it is our individual responsibility to prevent someone/everyone else from being offended? I think not….if you don’t agree, take a hike. That’s my opinion.Lump it or leave it, my friend.

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