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. mayahh


    July 22, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  2. no no no!

    they forgot to add Mccain walking over his first wife Carol, the burning planes McCain destroyed while in the Navy, McCain brow nosing Keating and a Victrola spinning a record of Bomb Bomb Bomb Bomb Iran...otherwise it is perfect...

    July 22, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  3. CR

    NOW things are equal. Thanks for being fair.

    July 22, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  4. Joe Reg

    He got an A- on that one compared to Obama.

    Landslide Obama.

    Obama 08 & 12.

    July 22, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  5. On_fiayah

    This is really dumb on Vanity's part. The Obama's cover was in regards to smashing myths and stereotypes. The McCain's have dealt with pill popping, befriending Bush, McCain has not referenced the Constitution at any times to the polices he wishes to implement and McCain is old. So I'm not sure what I'm suppose to take from this cover, but I will say it was a poor attempt of pulling "their friend-New Yorker" out of the rut...bad try!

    Stupid idea on both parts...seriously guys stop it already. First, New Yorker. Now, Vanity Fair. No longer a subscriber.

    July 22, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  6. Bill, Streamwood, IL

    As tasteless as the The New Yorker cover.

    I wonder if the liberals will clean out the newsstand of this issue as fast or faster than the conservtives did for the New Yorker?

    Perhaps CNN can do a follow-up on that.

    July 22, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  7. M.S. Indiana

    Fair and Balanced news at its best....
    Only missing a swastika on the wall

    July 22, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  8. Jason B.

    This is so not the same thing. These images don't strike fear in the hearts of people. Portraying a potential president as a terrorist who supports the murder of Americans, even if satirical, does. Yeah, the Bush picture is the same as Bin Laden's. Cindy's pills are the same as Michelle's machine gun. McCain's walking aid is the same as Obama's turban. You really showed 'em, Vanity Fair.

    July 22, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  9. Bethany in Nashville

    Though McCain 'appears' to be getting the same treatment as Obama with the magazine cover, there is still a very large difference in portraying someone as old, and portraying someone as a terrorist. The first one might be mean... the second is unforgivable.

    July 22, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  10. georgie

    The only thing missing from the obama cover was the bus running over everyone he used to be "friends" to...everyone he used to get where he is, and the blind people who follow him!

    July 22, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  11. American

    HIILLARIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love it!

    July 22, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  12. McCain for President

    No harm, no foul. I thought the one from the New Yorker on Obama was a lot closer to the truth.

    July 22, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  13. Linda Esen

    LOL Check Mate

    July 22, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  14. Texas Trail Dog!

    That's how far the Democrats have gone off course. they are so far to the left they'll not recover. Homosexuality amok, abortions amok, breaking the ten commandments even in Church amok, catering to terrorist amok, telling lies and not the truth about iraq, OR ANY OTHER SUBJECT JUST TO GET ELECTED, amok, OBAMA THE GREAT LIAR, CONNIVER, GANGSTER AND SPEAKER WITH A FORKED TONGUE HAS AMERICA IN HIS GRIP. BUT THANKS TO THE LORD THERE IS ENOUGH OF US WHO WILL NOT BE DECEIVED BY THE WICKED FORKED TONGUE OF THE DEVIL'S DEMON. WE WILL NOT FALL UNDER HIS SPELL. But unfortunately he will destroy the world's leaders image of America. It has already started with him overseas now. Our enemies are laughing at the stupid Americans. We had a moron in office and now we're prepared to put an idiot in his place. POOR< POOR< POOR America we are lost souls. WHEN WE ALLOW OUR LEADERS TO TAKE GOD'S NAME IN VAIN IS BLASPHEMY. GOD WILL TURN AWAY FROM AMERICA AND WE WILL NOT WIN ANY MORE WARS, STARVATION, AND DISEASE WILL FALL UPON THE LAND. GET READY FOR THE BODY BAGS TO COME BY THE MULTITUDES.

    July 22, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  15. Michael S. Fort Wayne, Indiana

    The New Yorker cover was completely NOT true.

    The thing about the Vanity Fair cover though, is IT IS TRUE!

    The VF cover nails it.

    July 22, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  16. Donald, Canton NC

    Payback is hell, but this one the McCains is more realistic!!

    July 22, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  17. Belle1

    Once again, it is satire.....too bad they don't do a satire on the entire press corps....Another satire would be Obama with a halo over his head, floating, while the press corp, the Senate and Congress kneel at his feet....

    July 22, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |

    Well... he was compaining about not getting as much media coverage as Obama.

    July 22, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  19. Emma, San Jose, CA

    The Vanity Fair cover represented the actual symbolism that constitutes
    John McCain – the Bush camp guy, an older man with the limitations we face as we age, the destruction of the constitution. The New Yorker
    story did not accurately represent Obama and Michelle. Huge difference!

    July 22, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  20. Clinton/McCain

    Yes, McCain is leading Obama by 10 points in Ohio according to a new Rasmussen poll!!!!!

    July 22, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  21. A.C from California

    Wow!!!!.... It's about time Some big-wig magazine exploit the true face of Mccain and his party!

    Thank You,

    Vanity Fair

    July 22, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  22. Debby, NJ

    There You Have It McDummy
    Some press for you...Happy Now

    July 22, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  23. Benjamin Columbus, OH

    I find neither cover thought-provoking or humorous. I believe both candidates, who each are United States Senators, deserve a little more of our respect. Both sides should temper their rhetoric and concentrate on issues. Words like "naive", Mr. McCain and "out of touch", Mr. Obama, are getting a little stale.

    July 22, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  24. R.I.F.

    You wanted equal time. Here you go. Also be prepared to see the media hammer you and create faux 3 day media firestorms (i.e.- the fake flip flop that you and the media accused Obama of about Iraq over the 4th of July weekend) like they've been doing to Obama for the past few months. Also be prepared for campbell Brown to spend 3 segments of her 4 segment Election Center show debating the political fallout of you sneezing. Good luck Senator McCain. With all the stuff that we've been crying for the media to report on like your bad jokes and many gaffes and dozens of lobbyist in your camp, and the fact that no one's pushed you to define "victory" in Iraq...you'll need the good luck. Maybe they'll also cover the fact that you gamed the public finance system.

    July 22, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  25. Ex Democrat for McCain

    Sorry "s for obama", but Hussein Osama is simply not good enough for this countries top office. His learning curve is several years behind, and he wouldn't even give you, a supporter, a straight answer if you put money in his hands and gave him a monica on top of it. But that doesn't bother you, does it.

    July 22, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
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