July 22nd, 2008
06:40 PM ET
13 years ago

Vanity Fair out with New Yorker parody

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/22/art.vfcover.cnn.jpg caption="Vanity Fair is out with their own takeoff of the New Yorker cover"](CNN) - John McCain’s campaign complained Tuesday morning that the press wasn’t treating the presumptive Republican nominee like they had covered Democrat Barack Obama. Tuesday afternoon, they got an unexpected jolt of equal treatment: their own parody magazine cover, modeled on the controversial illustration that graced last week’s New Yorker.

Earlier: New Yorker editor defends cover

In the picture, which debuted on Vanity Fair’s Web site Tuesday afternoon, John McCain and wife Cindy are shown in the Oval Office giving each other daps, the fist-jab greeting that Barack and Michelle Obama traded on the cover of the New Yorker.

Other elements have been tweaked so the illustration – like the New Yorker cover – reflect stories and stereotypes the candidate and his wife would most like to leave behind. Cindy McCain isn’t clutching a machine gun – she’s cradling vials of pills. There’s no Muslim garb in sight, but the Arizona senator is leaning on a walker. The American flag isn’t burning in the fireplace; instead, the Constitution smolders.

In place of the portrait of Osama bin Laden in the original art, the liberal magazine has opted for a likeness of President Bush.

Watch: Obama responds to New Yorker cover

“We had our own presidential campaign cover in the works, which explored a different facet of the Politics of Fear, but we shelved it when The New Yorker’s became the ‘It Girl’ of the blogosphere,” wrote the editors, in a tongue-in-cheek statement posted on the magazine’s Web site. “Now, however, in a selfless act of solidarity with our downstairs neighbors here at the Condé Nast building, we’d like to share it with you. Confidentially, of course.”

But don’t go looking for the cover on a newsstand near you: it will remain a virtual production, posted on the Web site alone.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (226 Responses)
  1. Peggy - TX

    This magazine cover does not have anything comparable the clearly racist innuendoes of the horrible New Yorker Cover.

    July 22, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  2. s for obama

    I guess he wanted the same stuip treamtment and he got it. McSame, your wish just got granted.

    Seriously Senator McSame...it is time for Democrats to clear your boys dirt. The world is waiting for our next president...President Obama.

    July 22, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  3. Vetted Vet

    HAHAHAHA, cry about the McSame! I love it... now all BO has to say is "it is in bad taste" and they will be even.

    July 22, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  4. ber6964

    Be careful what you ask for McCain!!!! LOL LOL

    July 22, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  5. Billy

    McCain is too tall but otherwise, not a bad cover.

    July 22, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  6. Ex Democrat for McCain

    The only difference is that the Obama one was arguably more truthful. Have you ever read Michelles dissertation?

    July 22, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  7. Janey/Michigan

    McCain, at least, has a sense of humor–he will understand that this is satire. Interesting that media gives equal derogatory treatment to McCain when their hero is insulted–but not equal media coverage of the "messiah" category. I have news for MSM–most of us voters are smarter than you are giving us credit for–we know hype and power plays when we see it and won't be fooled.

    July 22, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  8. Shasta

    Cute.

    July 22, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  9. Fred

    They said they wanted equal treatment

    July 22, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  10. FactCheck

    It's be more accurate if he was giving a fist bump to the heads of Exxon Mobil, Merck or Fanny Mae.

    July 22, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  11. EDW

    SWEET

    July 22, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  12. Akinola - Houston

    The difference between this pic and Obama's id that this one of John Mccain is factual whereas the one of BO is all lies.

    July 22, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  13. Linda31

    Be careful what you ask for.......

    July 22, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  14. E for Obama

    WOW!!!

    Only in America!!!

    July 22, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  15. lovable liberal

    Grit your teeth and heh-heh, McCainiacs. If you can't pretend to laugh at this, you can't laugh at the New Yorker cover.

    It's different for us liberals, though. Since the target of this cover is obvious, it's actually funny, where the Obama cover wasn't.

    Ha!

    July 22, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  16. YOU ASK FOR IT!!!

    CNN) – John McCain’s campaign complained Tuesday morning that the press wasn’t treating the presumptive Republican nominee like they had covered Democrat Barack Obama.- There you GO BUDDY!!!

    July 22, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  17. urbantexan

    i been waiting on the cover.. This is just what i have been thinking about the McCains all along!!!!! hahahahahahahahahahahaha

    July 22, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  18. popeye

    Gotta love it.
    Freedom of the press and speech work both ways.
    I wonder if the Republicans will find this as funny as the one on Barack.
    Just remember: "It's satire".

    July 22, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  19. Jack

    I want dat......

    July 22, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  20. Marcus B

    PLEASE POST CNN!!!

    The funny thing is, the New Yourker's cover was based on rumors. Vanity Fair's cover taps into real situation. John McCain being ancient, Cindy McCain being a popper, and George Busg being their political Godfather!

    July 22, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  21. Ardnuas

    I LOVE this cover...... Now you know how the Obama's felt...it NEEDS to be on the newsstands TODAY.

    July 22, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  22. Linda31

    and Cindy did steal drug from her charity. Not much of a stretch.

    July 22, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  23. pat C.

    i love it!!!! BE CAREFUL OLD MAN WHAT YOU ASK FOR....YOU ARE GETTING LOTS OF IT AND I DON'T THINK YOU WANT IT!

    July 22, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  24. Louis

    The difference between the two covers is that the New Yorker depicted stereotypes of the Obamas, and Vanity Fair depicted some facts regarding the McCains:

    New Yorker: –Obama depicted as Muslim False
    –Michelle depicted as terrorist False
    –Portrait of Bin Laden implying False
    they follow his policies
    Vanity Fair: –McCain depicted as old True
    –Cindy depicted as someone
    who abused prescription drugs True
    –Portrait of George Bush implying True
    they follow his policies

    July 22, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  25. Paris. LA

    CNN-can we get more coverage on the Obamas-maybe their bathroom schedules. We need to know everything about our Messiah.

    July 22, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
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