How our politics and media has spun OOC (out of control)

“The latest issue of New York magazine just arrived in the mail, and the cover is a provocative one,” according to CapitalNewYork.com in an article titled “Businessweek explains the bloodied-Romney cover they killed; plus take a look at ‘New York’ mag.”

“It depicts Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, photoshopped to look bloody and beaten (with a similarly injured but much smaller Newt Gingrich headshot sandwiched between them in the background), to illustrate Joe Hagan’s feature about ‘The Dark Art of the Political Smear.’ (The headline inside the magazine and on the web calls it ‘The Coming Tsunami of Slime.’)

“Also circulating online today was a recent Bloomberg Businessweek cover that never made it to the printer. ‘funny seeing @NYMag cover this week…2 weeks ago we killed this cover,’ Businessweek creative director Richard Turley tweeted this afternoon, along with a photo of his spiked Romney art.

“This image likewise depicts a swollen and bloody-faced Romney, looking as if he just got jumped by a pack of angry Gingrich supporters. It was posted to the Businessweek design department’s Flickr account with the caption ‘Killed Romney Cover.’

‘”Each week we design a few cover possibilities for the upcoming issue,’ Businessweek editor-in-chief Josh Tyrangiel told us through a spokesperson via email.

The rest of the article is here.

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6 Responses to How our politics and media has spun OOC (out of control)

  1. Brings new meaning to the term, “domestic violence.”

  2. Ben Emery says:

    Its about all the huge amounts of private money in our campaigns and reality tv quality we have made our politicians and government. I don’t care how bad of a husband Newt is or how rich Mitt is but do care if they support workers right to organize and have collective bargaining. I do care if they think the executive branch has become to powerful and if they want to use this abuse of power to invade Iran. I want to know if they are going to push a real trade policy where the US can start manufacturing goods other than defense weapons and gasoline again.

    We need public funding of campaigns and I think this 2012 election cycle is going to make it easy to get an amendment of the US Constitution ending corporate personhood and money as free speech. It will be out in plain sight for everybody to see how destructive super pac’s really are and how much for sell our political parties have become.

  3. Ben Emery says:

    I said a long time ago the media will make this a horse race as long as they can for the advertising dollars.

  4. Gail Allinson says:

    This imagery is ugly and disgusting. I don’t mind a cartoon to make this point (as there have been political cartoons with bandaged/splinted candidates as long as I can remember), but to take their actual photos and doctor them for the shock value goes too far for me. To me it puts New York Magazine right in the same slime they are supposedly commenting on.

  5. Brad Glasse says:

    This is rather goulish and brings a very dark aspect to their political process……

    I have to wonder the mindset of people like this.

  6. In another twenty years, at this rate, I suppose using the Zapruder footage as a model and your opponent as Kennedy with very up-to-date close-up 3D slow-mo images of him being shot will be the new norm.

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