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November 16, 2006

The New Place To Be

Time-06-Election  Time-New-Place-To-Be

(TIME vs. BAG: click for full effect)

The BAG readership often cites how America has no news magazines — that the originals were grabbed up long ago at the corner of Hollywood and Kitsch.  At key points, however — when the national attention span pauses to focus on one significant, and usually dramatic thing — these cultural billboards still have their place and impact on the political narrative.

(Or a negative impact –when they turn a political earthquake into nothing.)

If you haven’t seen it around the ’sphere, take a look at the cover TIME did after the Republican’s stampeded in ‘94.  And, if you have seen it, look at it again.  In nine days, I haven’t seen any stormin’ donkeys, any steamrollers, any locomotives, have you?

Out of anger and solace, The BAG took a remedial crack at the TIME cover — two cracks, in fact.  You can view the other version on the sister-post at Huffington.

Regarding this TIME-ly excuse for an election cover, by the way, Greg Sargent has an interesting critique (TIME Magazine’s Cover Touts Victorious “Center” — But Matching Story Doesn’t Assert Anything Like That) of both the illustration and the lead article.  Regarding TIME’s thesis, Greg says:

Dems didn’t win simply because their candidates were moderates or centrists. They won because they had good candidates — some of them moderate, and some of them quite liberal.  …And again, nowhere in the piece does Klein describe the election as a victory for the center.

Regarding the visual, Sargent’s take (which I find a quite plausible in a world where quality is Job 2 … after the sacred maxim “Get There First”) is that TIME created the cover before it actually knew the election results!

(illustration/Arthur Hochstein.  November 20, 2006.  Cover.  time.com)

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