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. Obama 08

    The difference between the New Yorker cover and Vanity Fair's is that the Obamas' cover was a parody and the McCains' cover is the truth.

    July 22, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  2. Peter, DC transplant

    It amazes me that things like this get as much press as they do. Seriously, is this really what US politics is all about?

    July 22, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  3. Mark

    Its right on target. McCain doesn't even remember what countries border Pakistan. He's the cranky old forgetful uncle you don't want driving the car your in or leading the country where you live.

    July 22, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  4. Texun

    Cindy and drugs–not a fair shot; she went through rehab and is said to be clean. I respect that. What they might have shown, however, was Cindy ranking in the bucks by selling booze to alcoholics. She made her fortune on an addictive substance, one that has ruined millions of families. That fortune paid for John McCain's political career. It's dirty money.

    July 22, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  5. Nunya

    While these appear similar on the surface, they really are different beasts. The Obama cover played on things which are patently false – aspersions of terrorism and adherance to Islam. The McCain one played on things which are true – his age and an old addiction problem of hers. Sorry, people, but one is clearly worse than the other regardless of which candidate you support.

    July 22, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  6. Chuck, Euigene Oregon.

    This is way too funny. McCain complained about not getting equal treatment, be so very careful what you ask for.

    July 22, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  7. Bibek

    Tit for Tat baby.

    How does it feel now McSame?

    July 22, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  8. baracomama

    Im a democrat and all is war and everything but the Cindy McCain thing is just wrong

    July 22, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  9. Janet

    I think Vanity Fair is chicken not to use it on the newstand copies!!!

    July 22, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  10. OHIO


    July 22, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  11. Truth Hurts

    How soon we forget. Mr. Bush did not lie on McCain during their election cycle.

    McCain is no war hero!
    McCain is an angry old man!
    McCain is an adultrer!
    McCain is married to a drugaddict.

    July 22, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  12. Tony

    Last week the BO group was screaming how unfair it is to portray their candidate in such a manner. Tasteless and unexcusable were common terms. I don't see those comments today from that same crowd. If it was tasteless and unexcusable for one person, then it is tasteless and unexcusable for all.

    July 22, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  13. Janet

    I'm an Obama supporter who can see the obvious media bias towards Obama.I've noticed that since Iowa by the way.And McCain kind of has a point in complaining about the treatment he's received from CNN,MSNBC,and all the other networks. The obsession with his age is sickening. What the heck does his age have to do with anything?

    This is something I'd expect from the Republicans not Democrats.
    Besides,if Obama was 71,I know many people would say 'With age comes wisdom' but for McCain it's, "Oh he can't stay up past 5"

    There are better things to attack him on besides his age. How about his Bush policies? Why can't you people understand that?

    July 22, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  14. Miss in Oregon

    FUNNY! Love it.

    July 22, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  15. Drew from Green Bay, WI

    I get a kick out of the candidates that complain Obama gets unfair (positive) media attention. I'm referring to McCain now, obviously, and Clinton previously. Maybe it's just that Obama is great at creating news and earning the media coverage. Anyway, the best part about this piece is that it's going to make McCain look bad if conservatives look down on it since Obama had a piece done just like this one (which was worse in my opinion).

    July 22, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  16. D Ruiz

    A woman that votes for Mccain is a STUPID woman!!! Cmon people!!!

    July 22, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  17. Elgin Webb

    HAHAHAHAAHAHAH!!!! now this is funny. this Vanity Fair cover was good much better than the Obama cover. i like how they have bush in the mirror and how McCain 100 year old self is has to use the cane to walk. if they were attempting satire this worked much bette than the new yorker cover.

    July 22, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  18. Connie

    I am an Obama supporter and did not find the New Yorker cover in good taste and do not find this has an better taste.Even though this will not be on the magazine stands it will be all over the internet. Again shoddy journalism. Connie from Indiana

    July 22, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  19. Who Cares?

    The economy is in the tank. There is a war going on. How do Americans respond? With a game of tit for tat! This election reminds me of Junion High School.

    July 22, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  20. Corrie Gillikin

    At Least This Cover Is Accurate Concerning Them. He Is WAY Too Old To Be President & She Stole Pain Pills From Her Charity For Years!!-Way To Go Vanity Fair!!–You Rock!!–Obama '08, Yes We Can!!

    July 22, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  21. PG

    HEY MCSAME THERE IS NO IRAQ/PAKISTAN BORDER. And this guy wants to be president? He was a joke in Good Morning America. Seriously folks, this guy needs to retire!

    July 22, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  22. D Ruiz

    How in the world can someone who once wanted Hillary elected, now go ahead and vote for Mccain out of spite. Yeah, I was for Hillary too but there is no way in hell I would vote for mcCain. That would be stupid. Obama all the way now!!!!

    July 22, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  23. R

    wow, people are still crying about BILLARY? Go ahead and vote for Mccain, even with Hillary's supporters, he won't win. It is impossible, everyone knows it, that's why they're so desperate. You can see it in every rethuglicans eyes. They're so scared of Obama, even some Democrats, because he will instill morality to congress, something not many are willing to give up.

    July 22, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  24. HillaryClinton4BarackObama

    That is absolutely NOT offensive to anybody ... Except the ACLU ...

    July 22, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  25. tr

    waaaa waaaaa....the McSame camp has done NOTHING but whine all week...It isn't very Presidential

    July 22, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
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