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. Rick

    Obama has a Syrian and Muslim father.
    Does that mean the Syrians and Muslims like his opinion.
    Does that make it more or less safe in our country?

    July 22, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  2. no no no!


    wow but the thins missing; the map showing the Iraq/Pakistan boarder, McCain wheeling over his first wife and a mistress in the closet, a group of Lobbyist sitting at the table, McCain hugging Keating, Phil Gramm with a box of tissue and models of the 6 planes he crashed while in the Navy...oh yeah a vault reading above it "Military Records, top secret"

    OH YEAH TEXAS TRAIL DOG...you proved Obama's statement true...got the Bible, wheres da Gun?

    July 22, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  3. Richard Conn Henry

    Hurrah! I am a liberal and I loved the New Yorker cover (sweet fun) and I love this Vanity Fair the same way. Relax, folks, we have the two sweetest candidates we've had in my lifetime. God Bless America. But when it comes to vote, well, please: Barack Obama, not dear old (OLD) John!

    July 22, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  4. A Post 9/11 Navy Veteran

    Yeah but there is one thing about this though. This is actually true. LMAO!

    July 22, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  5. Dennis

    It's a rip off of a political cartoon I saw last week... but still, it's good to show the other side... esp the constitution in the fireplace.

    July 22, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  6. YUCKer

    I'm sorry this just doesn't do it for me. The New Yucker's attempt to pacify us, and pretend they didn't insult the Obamas and millions of patriotic Americans is outrageous.

    Earth to the NEW YUCKER:

    You are still the lowest form of life and no matter how high-brow you think you are, your magazine is still vile. Eat sewage scum, you putzes.

    July 22, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  7. Loretta from California

    oh my, I hope that this does not offend Lou Dobbs. Someone make sure he remains calm after witnessing this cover.

    July 22, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  8. YUCK

    I'm still waiting for an apology from the New Yorker. Can someone tell me who their advertisers are so I can boycott them.

    New Yorker–a true rag.

    YOU OWE SENATOR OBAMA AN APOLOGY. He doesn't have a thick skin when something is funny, but saying he burns the American flag is NOT funny.

    NEW YUCKER Editors are cowards and the lowest form of life.

    July 22, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  9. Cathy

    The difference between Vanity Fair's cover and the New Yorker is that everthing on The New Yorker's cover has been PROVEN FALSE TIME AND TIME AGAIN about Obama. To the contrary, the "symbolism" of the cover of Vanity Fair in most respects HAS PROVEN TO BE TRUE!!! Cindy did have a drug problem, McCain is elderly and McCain does support Bush.

    Why is it so hard for people to see that THERE IS A BIG DIFFERENCE!!!!

    July 22, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  10. Ben

    McCain supporters writing here seem to really hate liberals. I'm a liberal and have been very upset with republican policies, but would never hate the person promoting them. Logically, McCain has no answers to the problems facing America – affordable health care, cost of living going up while wages are stagnant, job loss, restoring our world image, long term energy needs, educational inequality, affordable college, nuclear proliferation, overcrowded jails, terrorism, broken military, pollution, climate change. Over the past 8 years the policies that John McCain would continue have not helped any of these issues.

    July 22, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  11. Pat Riot

    Uhh, I think this is a bit much. The New Yorker cover pointed out obvious stereotypes. It didn't dig up the Obamas' sorted past. Making fun of someone's prior addiction to perscription medication is in very poor taste. I feel bad that both of the wives are being subjected to scrutiny but Cindy is getting the worst of it here.

    July 22, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  12. Mary

    This one is closer to the truth!!!

    McCain is old……the last 7 years its like there was no constitution……Cindy did have those problems……

    July 22, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  13. Nsikan, MD

    Are you satisfied now or you need some more?

    July 22, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  14. Gina

    CNN, in addition to your obvious pro Obama bias, it's disgusting how your minions of lock step Obamabots continually use your blog to spew their ugly sarcastic anti-McCain comments ... which of course all slip through your biased blog moderation. Now, you can join the New York Times in destroying objective journalism in this country.

    July 22, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  15. Laura

    Both covers were funny parodies. Why is one considered offensive and insensitive and the other is not?

    July 22, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  16. Ian

    Obviously this is a parody. There's no way McCain could lift his arms high enough to "fist-bump" anybody.

    July 22, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  17. projectial barfing

    I will be soooooo glad when this political season is over. Bickering, remarks, then apologies, flip-flops, denial denials (via All the Presidents Men), scandals, sex, drugs, thieves, homosexuals in the restroom, hillary's cackles, etc. Are you folks as fed up as I am?

    July 22, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  18. john williams san diego, ca.

    Vanity Fair almost as left wing liberal as the 'New York Pravda' is

    July 22, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  19. Ex Democrat for McCain

    I simply cannot believe how so many of my ex fellow democrats have falling for the fast-talking, hype-driven, sweet-talking drivel that obama keeps pushing out of his mouth.

    Its pretty sad to be honest.

    July 22, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  20. karen-phoenix

    Go Obama!!! I realized why I do not want McCain. Tooo Old! I'm in my 60's and he remindes me everything that has gone wrong in the last 50 years!! I lost a lot of friends in Vietnam–another unwinable war that we never should have gotten into. McCain keeps popping up in all wars!! Sad–very sad!! Peace is Patriotic!!!

    July 22, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  21. Sarah, Buffalo, NY

    The difference being that this cover doesn't use racist and hateful stereotypes in order to get its "joke" across. THAT was the offensiveness of the New Yorker cover – not that they made fun of Obama, but that they used gross stereotypes to make fun of Michelle's "blackness" and, to some extent, his as well.

    In order for this cover to be anywhere near as offensive, it'd have to utilize similarly offensive imagery and not just "poke fun." I'm thinking something along the lines of McCain laughingly shoving brown people's faces into the dirt or letting their children starve as he eats the tomatoes they pick ("poking fun" at his immigration policies) or perhaps showing him at some rich, white, elite enclave while frothing like a rabid dog about Asians and Asian countries ("poking fun" at his derogatory comments about "gooks").

    It's kind of ironic – the New Yorker cover was ostensibly supposed to show how ridiculously fearful, bigoted, and hateful much of the rights' "concerns" about Obama are, but most people seem to have missed that the whole point was about BIGOTRY and HATE. Not legitimate campaign concerns, like whether a candidate may be too old.

    I'm disappointed in Vanity Fair's inability to see the forest for the trees.

    July 22, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  22. Veteran for McCain

    I didn't agree with the New Yorker Cover and I definately don't agree with the Vanity Fair Cover. So it's not alright to make fun of race, but it is alright to make fun of someone who is older. I see how it is.

    You know what's funny is that the Dems will lose this election and then what are they going to do? I mean you've had the lead during July in the last two presidential elections and lost both of them. You think this time around it's any different? The country is getting tired of the left leaning media, as well as the hatred that is spewing out on these message boards from the liberals. Why can't we just debate on the issues? Oh wait, because Obama doesn't want to. He realizes he won't be able to speak from a teleprompter and is afraid he might hurt his image.

    July 22, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  23. Chryssa

    That's awesome. Especially how Bush is likened to Osama!

    July 22, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  24. Kaleb

    hmmmm, nope this one didn't do it for me. The Obama – Michele Islamic anti-american supporting militant fist bump on the New Yorker cover was more true to life 🙂

    July 22, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  25. Uncle Sam

    Too funny!!!

    July 22, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
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