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November 7, 2013 - 12:27 pm

Here is TIME magazine’s ever so classy cover for tomorrow’s edition.

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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.

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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.

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Newsweek invented a whole fake science just to whack Sarah Palin.

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Newsweek went out of business pulling stunts like this. TIME should learn a lesson from it.

But they won’t. And then when called on it, they”ll do what Obama has done this week and accuse you of misunderstanding them even though you understood them perfectly well. “If you think putting ‘elephant’ over a fat guy on our cover was meant to remind you that he’s fat, that’s on you, not us.”

Sometimes the trick isn’t what’s on the cover, but what’s not on the cover but should be. There’s another trick they pull — the New York Times is especially good at this one but others have learned it too — where they take a great but inconvenient story that ought to lead the front page and they bury it in the 20th paragraph in an obscure story on page six. Then when you bug them about not covering the story, they whip out that paragraph and say, “But we did cover it! See! Right here!” Right, you covered it, you just deep-sixed it in the Marianas Trench when you did.

I never went to J-school so I don’t know if they teach this stuff there, or if it’s more of an on-the-job training sort of thing.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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OK, SO CHRISTIE IS NOT THE PERFECT CANDIDATE, BUT IF HE COULD SWEEP HILLARY IN 2016 WE SHOULD EMBRACE HIM WITH BOTH ARMS. IT WILL TAKE YEARS TO CLEAN UP THE OBAMA MESS; HOW MANY REPUBLICANS/CONSERVATIVES STAYED HOME IN 2008?
44 weeks ago
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44 weeks ago
44 weeks ago Link To Comment
Christie has my vote as did Guiliani. I lived in the Northeast many years ...far from the Bible Belt, don't like public displays of religion, and like Christie's attitude. I think I am somewhat typical os the people living in that part of the world.
44 weeks ago
44 weeks ago Link To Comment
I don't know why the Democrats think they have to destroy Christie's prospects for 2016, but I sincerely hope they spend a lot of time and effort doing so, and that it is successful. Because, as a conservative, if Christie is the Republican nominee in 2016, I won't have any dog in that fight.
44 weeks ago
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I recall reading TIME back in the sixties and seventies and think it's charming they are still attempting to keep this archaic medium alive. It's a bit like a trip to Pioneer Village. Why we would view either of these fine institutions with anything but amused curiosity eludes me however.
44 weeks ago
44 weeks ago Link To Comment
Perhaps TIME could feature him on the cover every week, as it did for Obama in 2008.
44 weeks ago
44 weeks ago Link To Comment
Christie has absolutely no coat tails. He gets a landslide, but his overwhelmingly Democrat State House and Senate, are basically unchanged. He helps no one but himself, I can't think of a more selfish and divisive Republican, although McCain comes close.
44 weeks ago
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What's up with this CLEARLY DISCRIMNATORY photo of Gov. Christie? We (as a country) are SUPPOSED to not discriminate based on skin color, gender, sexual orientation, or age, but it's O.K. to "bully" based on body size????
44 weeks ago
44 weeks ago Link To Comment
I once weighed more than 375 pounds, and am still too close to 300. The one and only thing I respect Christie for is his refusal to apologize for not being a walking scarecrow.

He may think he's got a shot at becoming president, and some can claim that his failure to achieve it (should that be the case) is the result of his size -- but that's no different from people claiming the only reason anyone can possibly oppose Obama is because of his race.

I haven't given a schist about TIME Magazine in years; I have no reason to give a schist about Christie's political future. I sure as Sam Hill don't give a schist about anybody's attitude toward anybody else's BMI.
44 weeks ago
44 weeks ago Link To Comment
Christie has gotten ahead of the fat thing many times. "Ya noticed?" He should rebuke Time for shrinking his profile.
44 weeks ago
44 weeks ago Link To Comment
I see what you're doing there, Time. You're hoping that I'll like Chris "Obama Hugger" Christie more if you insult him.

Sorry, but the enemy of my enemy is still just my enemy's enemy. I'm not looking for a "centrist". I do not want the average of "somewhat acceptable" and "so bad it's unbe-freaking-lievable". And it'll take more than reverse psychology to change that.
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