Here is TIME magazine’s ever so classy cover for tomorrow’s edition.
Former TIME political editor Karen Tumulty calls it “lazy” and “stupid,” but she’s wrong on both counts. Clearly, TIME is not suggesting that Chris Christie is fat just because they’re using the GOP’s mascot in the headline to remind readers of his weight. That’s your filthy imagination.
They’re really just suggesting that he’s Alfred Hitchcock. Or something.
The Christie cover is neither lazy nor stupid. It’s deliberate and it’s timely. The Republican just won a landslide in a blue state, something Democrats and their media allies can only dream about reciprocating in, say, Texas.
The mainstream media has a history of tricky use of covers and photos to attack Republicans as they rise to threaten Democrats’ grip on power. Christie just painted blue New Jersey red. So he must be killed off by a thousand media cuts and there is no time to waist. I mean waste.
This isn’t new. There was the Newsweek cover depicting Michele Bachmann as too crazy for Cocoa Puffs.
Newsweek invented a whole fake science just to whack Sarah Palin.
Newsweek went out of business pulling stunts like this. TIME should learn a lesson from it.