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. Brian

    Wow. So much hate out there. There was a huge up-roar from both parties over the New Yorker. McCain came out right away and said it was horrible and had no place in politics. Wonder if Obama will say anything about this cover ...

    Also, the cover on the New Yorker was clearly a satire and EXTREME and WRONG opinions of Americans. This cover seems to be going after things that are actually true of both Sen. McCain and his wife Cindy. It is horrible to link Sen. Obama and his wife Michelle to terrorists. It is even worse to poke fun at someone for an addiction they fought hard to overcome, old age and burning of the constitution. This was not made in the same light or satire or mind set that the cover of the New Yorker was made. This is worse.

    Also it must be pointed out that the New Yorker is a very liberal magazine and their cover simply drew hate from the left and enraged even more people to try to get them to come out and vote for Obama or continue their hate bashing of the Republican Party and/or Sen. McCain. Vanity Fair is also a liberal magazine and their cover is to poke fun at McCain, Republicans and draw more hate from the left in an attempt to bring more folks to Obama.

    It is suprising that all this hate from the Left is Causing people to vote. I would like to think Americans are better than that, but from the press and reading these postings it appears that most of the Obama Supports are full of hate ...

    Time to get over yourselves and try to have a real discussion.

    July 22, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  2. Barack the savior with a tele-promp-ter.

    Oh this is blatant RACISM and the evil RIGHT WING Vanity Fair should be ashamed of itself!!! (Yeah, it sounds equally silly when I say it, too.)

    But you forgot to draw in his walker, a TV playing the Wheel of Fortune or Matlock or Murder She Wrote, and of course his Depends... and the fact that it's perfectly acceptable to be an "age bigot," but a race bigot, ooooh, that's a no-no. I guess the only way to understand "liberal thought" (I know, it's an oxymoron) can best be summed up with the old adage, "Do as I say, not as I do."

    July 22, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  3. Democrats for the white house

    A+++++ Vanity Fair this is too funny lets see the Neo-Cons defend this one. The New Yorker was a well respected liberal puplication and we just did not have a sense of humor is what was said,so lets see what is said about this cover !!!

    July 22, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  4. Val, Atlanta, Ga

    Well, he got what he asked for now he can quit complaining about Sen. Obama getting all the attention. The only difference is McCain's speaks more toward the truth about him and Cindy, Obama's was FICTIONAL. This is so funny.

    July 22, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  5. Accountant Guy

    That's hilarious, just wish they would put it in print!!

    July 22, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  6. NotFallingInLine.org

    I wonder if McCain will whine about this cover the way that Obama whines about everything that doesn't show him all the adulation that he believes he deserves so much.

    The Democratic Party leaders have betrayed our core principles of democracy and have failed us all.


    July 22, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  7. G

    I don't think this is what he meant lol.

    July 22, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  8. Lynn

    I stopped buying Vanity Fair along time ago. We knew during the primary who they were in the tank with. I think the New Yorker and Vanity Fair covers were disgusting. .

    July 22, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  9. Matt: honestly

    Doug, as a matter of fact I do disagree. The only thing I hate is people who pose opinion as fact. There is a lot of discontent on the left due to the way this country has gone down the toilet the last eight years. Maybe you are misconstruing discontent and anger for hate.

    July 22, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  10. Sebastian

    In the wake of the New Yorker flap, at least folks will view this as a joke; a parody.

    That's the difference between this and what the Obamas have to deal with.

    As usual, Obama always goes through something 1st and McCain gets to play FOLLOW THE LEADER. It always softens the blow for him. McCain gets the " open-book exam" after Obama has taken the tougher situation.

    July 22, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  11. Richard

    Its funny cause its all true..

    July 22, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  12. Phil, FL

    Hey CNN – run this one for a week – every hour one the hour – equal time with what you did to the Obamas.

    You don't have the nerve. Nor are you unbiased.

    July 22, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  13. Chuck

    Bravo, Vanity Fair!


    July 22, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  14. C from Texas

    Funny how you Obama people didn't think it was funny before but now you do.LMAO You guys whine too too much.


    July 22, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  15. DMAC in ID

    To me neither of these satire caricatures, (Obama or McCain) are even worth smiling at. I think that our younger people are getting sicker in the head as the yrs go by.

    July 22, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  16. Joseph, Los Angeles California

    Oh print it please! I hope the whole nation is laughing now. We all need to lighten up; all of us.

    July 22, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  17. Cynthia - Arkansas

    I really wish all of this would stop. McSame's campaign is running the most deceitful, ignorant ads. Oh yea, the same people who ran Bush's campaign runs his. I was hoping that we could just be civil, for once! Obviously not.

    July 22, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  18. Michelle

    And you know what they won't. This country is ready for a major change and putting another Republican in office is not their choice. Oh well if the press and media do not support him. Media tends to go to whom is making the most noise and has the most attention and that is Obama. Iam still a Hillary fan and wish she had won. But I will not support another 4/8 years of a Republican nominee and certainly not someone who looks and acts like is is 80 years old. The cahnge we needs has to build excitement and have the power of the people behind him/her, McCain doesn't!

    July 22, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  19. TEXAN

    WOW !!!!! All I can say is " What's good for the goose, is good for the gander " WOW !!!!!

    July 22, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  20. Linda31

    July 22nd, 2008 5:17 pm ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    and Cindy did steal drugs from her charity. Not much of a stretch.

    July 22, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  21. Boston For OBAMA

    All is fair in politics I guess. The shoe is on the other foot. Unfortunately, Vanity Fair used true facts regarding the McCains.

    July 22, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  22. Voter

    The difference is the New Yorker portrayed and perpetuated made up lies by the GOP... this one seems to exaggerate facts a bit more so isn't as offensive. Exaggerations are like caricatures so it's seen as somewhat "funny"

    July 22, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  23. Liz F

    this is to Doug in New Jersey –
    having a independent, liberal opinion is nothing close to hate.
    it's more interesting to ask why you feel so threatened by people who are different that yourself.
    you must be really young – if you actually looked at the facts, you would see how many right wing conservatives spew dolus dogma regarding women's reproductive rights, civil rights, human rights, gay rights.
    you wanna talk about hate?
    look in the mirror.

    July 22, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  24. Griff

    I don't see anything to get excited About... "The Dance of Love"... Comes to everyone. Even John McCain...
    Dancing the "Light Fantastic".. Away to go John... I always said this guy was fit for the office of Commander in Cheif... Now even "Vanity Fair" agree..

    July 22, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  25. Marie in California

    Love it all! No doubt about it....McCain is older than Obama.

    However, I especially liked the New Yorker version of Obama and Michelle the Mouth......factual, it said it all. Well, not quite all.

    Things it left out......Obama is an empty suit, he's "speechless" without his teleprompter, there is nothing to depict dirty Chicago politics, I don't see Alice Palmer hanging from the rafters by her fingernails, I don't see Rezko in prison garb, I can't find Auchi anywhere, and where is the thimble that holds all of Obama's experience, especially his foreign policy credentials?

    Was for Hillary, now for McCain!


    July 22, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
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