January 24th, 2014
09:17 AM ET
7 months ago

'Planet Hillary' magazine cover gets some buzz, criticized

(CNN) - A New York Times Magazine cover story about Hillary Clinton was getting reaction online even before the piece was released. But it was the cover itself that has created the buzz.

Clinton's face is set on a planet against a celestial background, surrounded by multiple circles of friends above the headline "Planet Hillary."

Amy Chozick, the New York Times political reporter who wrote the piece, discussed the provocative nature of the cover.

"I didn't pick the cover. But when they showed it to me, I definitely thought, 'Oh, this is going to receive a lot of reaction,' " Chozick said Friday on CNN's "New Day."

Most likely mindful of the reaction, the  magazine explained in an online piece Thursday evening how the cover came about. "When we created the cover of this Sunday's magazine to accompany Amy Chozick's article – to be published online tomorrow – about Hillary Rodham Clinton's influence on the various people within her political universe, the immediate idea that came to mind was Clinton's face embedded on a planet," Arem Duplessis, the magazine's design director wrote.

The provocative cover quickly trended on social networks even before the Friday morning release of the piece online. According to Topsy, a social search and analytics company, as of 8:30 a.m. ET  Friday morning, "Planet Hillary" had more than 2,800 mentions on Twitter over the past day. And mentions of Hillary Clinton had topped 6,200 over the past 24 hours, the second-highest total for Clinton in the past month.

Some in the Clinton orbit say the cover is disrespectful.

"It's goofy. It's embarrassing for the magazine. Seventeen out of the last 20 years Hillary Clinton has been voted in the Gallup poll as the most admired women in the world and this is how they depict her?" said Democratic strategist and CNN contributor Paul Begala, a close adviser and friend to Bill and Hillary Clinton for over two decades.

"I'm a strong believer in the free press. They have a perfect right to do it. I just don't get it," Begala said in a separate interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo and Kate Bouldan on "New Day."

The story itself looks at the universe surrounding the Clintons and the challenges in organizing that universe for a potential 2016 president bid by Hillary Clinton.

"I found that the Clintons are unlike any other political family in terms of how they have collected people, literally since Bill Clinton's kindergarten class, they have been collecting friends, advisers, donors, people who feel a stake in now, her future, and want their voices heard. In 2008 we saw a lot of cooks in the kitchen because of this vast network," Chozick told CNN. "So I think the big question is how do you make all these people feel involved and feel heard without creating that same chaos that destroyed her the last time."

Check out what Twitterverse is saying.


- CNN's Eric Weisbrod contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2016 • Henry Louis Gates
soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Rick McDaniel

    Hillary is the WORST thing that could happen in 2016.

    January 24, 2014 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  2. Lynda/Minnesota

    "I didn't pick the cover. But when they showed it to me, I definitely thought, 'Oh, this is going to receive a lot of reaction,' " Chozick said"

    Fairly good indication of what our media thinks of their viewers. A handful of "extremists" take over one political party, and all hell breaks loose. Those of us who don't buy this type of "entertainment" suffer the most. This same mindset applied to the Chris Christie cover that was rolled out not too long ago. Offend the viewers and laugh at their reaction.

    January 24, 2014 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    It's a funny image, but I can understand why critics would dislike it. It carries the subliminal connotation that Clinton is in her own universe, one which completely separate from our reality and our world.

    January 24, 2014 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  4. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    @Rick McDaniel
    Hillary is the WORST thing that could happen in 2016.

    Better get used to her Rick!

    January 24, 2014 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  5. Wake up People!

    I don't like it. It's hideous.

    January 24, 2014 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  6. Sam Sam

    Its a complete rip off of Glenn Beck's "Man in the Moon" logo.

    January 24, 2014 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    Wake up People!
    I don't like it. It's hideous
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    Not something I would like my two young granddaughters to see.

    January 24, 2014 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  8. stone cold truth

    Interesting how the gop wants nothing more than for you to hate her, here's a clue, read this and weep losers. They would have you believe the most respected woman on the planet is not worthy of office, yet look at the trash they back, none of them garner the respect she does, and they blame her, nice.

    January 24, 2014 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  9. Wake up People!

    Me neither Lynda. Oh btw, I've been loving your comments this week!! I haven't been allowed to respond though.

    January 24, 2014 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  10. 82ndABNVET

    So...........Obama was supposed to be the "Messiah", and Hillary is Earth or the Sun?

    I dont get liberals.

    Worship people like they are some sort of godly figure.........

    How has that worked out for you or the country?

    January 24, 2014 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  11. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Me neither Lynda. Oh btw, I've been loving your comments this week!! I haven't been allowed to respond though."

    Hey, thanks. My oldest granddaughter is 12 and very into politics. It's fun talking with her. She "likes" Sarah Palin, but she really, really likes Barack Obama more. So, she tells me, would have voted for Obama. I have to be careful when we discuss Palin because I don't want to influence her. If she asks about Palin, I try to bring out what are perceived to be Palin's better points while still explaining why, when Palin says certain things, she is called to task for her comments.

    I'd forgotten how hard it is to stay neutral with our youngest generation. It'll be interesting what she decides where Hillary is concerned. I am, after all, of Hillary's generation.

    January 24, 2014 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  12. don in albuquerque

    Oh come on GOTP! Give us at least one Benghazzzzzziiiiiii!!!! We need the laugh.

    January 24, 2014 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  13. Rudy NYC

    82ndABNVET

    So...........Obama was supposed to be the "Messiah", and Hillary is Earth or the Sun? I dont get liberals.

    Worship people like they are some sort of godly figure.........How has that worked out for you or the country?
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    You don't get it because you don't have the facts straight. "Obama is The Messiah" was always a right wing media talking point, probably originated with Limbaugh. It sounds like stuff that he was fuming over a few years ago. As far as worshipping people goes, you need to stop projecting. Eveyone knows that the entire conservative movement kneels to The Grand LImbaugh. When he speaks badly about you, people will wash his feet if that's what it takes to get back into his good graces.

    January 24, 2014 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  14. freedom

    Disgusting. They can plaster Hilary's face on as many things as they want – it only reinforces the over-saturation of her in the American culture. Even the democrats don't want her to run. Her prime days were spent riding Bill's coattails to the top, while he abused her, and then being abused by Obama's admin. And she's for women's rights? That's not how an intelligent, principled woman of integrity behaves.

    January 24, 2014 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  15. Winston Smith

    Amazing how infantile the republicans can be, and usually are. Wonder what the outcry would be if GWB, were to be impaled on a horses rump, while the tail is raised? Wait for it. 5,4,3,2,1. let the tirade begin.

    January 24, 2014 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  16. Sniffit

    Meh. Not offensive so much as foolish. Sort of beneath the magazine if they're trying to project and image of being serious and having high standards.

    January 24, 2014 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  17. Sniffit

    "Even the democrats don't want her to run."

    Wanna bet?

    January 24, 2014 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  18. Walt

    I can see it now.

    The Republicans will take "Planet Hillary" seriously, and cut NASA's planetary search funding for discovering such.

    January 24, 2014 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  19. with a grain of salt

    If the gop continues on their current path, they are in real trouble next election. When is the last time you heard ANYTHING good come from them, never a good word about anything, ever . Nothing but hatred, not a winning platform, period.

    January 24, 2014 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  20. Dave

    I think it's beautiful!

    January 24, 2014 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  21. Rudy NYC

    Winston Smith

    Amazing how infantile the republicans can be, and usually are. Wonder what the outcry would be if GWB, were to be impaled on a horses rump, while the tail is raised? Wait for it. 5,4,3,2,1. let the tirade begin.
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    Well, there was that one time, though. Remember George "Alfred E." Bush? I laughed until I got cramps, and still kept going.

    January 24, 2014 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  22. Rick McDaniel

    It clearly demonstrates how much of a joke, that Hillary as President, really is.

    This is one of the 3 people, that lied to the WORLD about Benghazi. Even after the lies were exposed as lies.......she continued to lie for weeks, and indeed, that lie is still being perpetuated in the Dem controlled media, right to this very DAY!

    Time to wake up America. You are being played for a sucker.

    January 24, 2014 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  23. JC

    Uh oh. Clinton lapdog Paul Begala is up in arms over this "disrepect" to his queen. Look out everybody.

    January 24, 2014 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  24. The Real Tom Paine

    I think its funny, partly because of the howls of outrage coming from the predictable posters on here.

    January 24, 2014 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  25. Rememberwhatbushdid

    News began being transformed into entertainment with Watergate. Broadcast executives began to see the power and the money-making ability of news and installed sales managers to oversee operations. It's has gotten much worse as time has marched on. Now giant corporations own the networks...and have agendas in doing so. We can thank Ronald Reagan for this. The big businessmen who first put him on a speaking tour in the late 50s, early 60s, had a plan. One of the very first things Reagan did in office was de-regulate the broadcast industry and soon the inevitable inflationary spiral began to where only the super rich corporations could afford to own broadcast properties. And soon after that they threw-out equal time and the fairness doctrine. And it was all a master plan...like packing the Supreme Court with former Koch brother employees Scalia and Thomas.

    January 24, 2014 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
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