We can get an eyeful at the supermarket checkout, among the chewing gum, breath mints, tabloids, and celebrity magazines.
The Us magazine due to hit newsstands and checkout lines this week promises to outshine periodicals discussing Keira Knightley's fashion sense, Jessica Alba's cleavage, or Hulk Hogan's family problems.
The Us headline sets the tone: "John McCain's Vice President SARAH PALIN: BABIES, LIES & SCANDAL" - the last three words and ampersand in big, bright yellow letters.
In a way, Us is giving equal time for both tickets. The celebrity magazine did a cover on Barack and Michelle Obama back in June. The Obama coverage took a rather different approach, though.
|"Michelle Obama: Why Barack Loves Her
She shops at Target, Loved Sex and the City, and never misses the girls' recitals. The untold romance between the down-to-earth mom and the man who calls her 'my rock.' "
|"John McCain's Vice President SARAH PALIN BABIES, LIES & SCANDAL"
America has freedom of speech, and Us publisher Jann Wenner is exercising that freedom. The editors of People magazine exercise that freedom, too, telling how she's managed a political career and five children: including one with Down syndrome. And now, her teenage daughter's pregnancy.
Which brings me back to the November election.
There are weird rumors about Barack Obama: that he's
- A radical Muslim
- The anti-Christ
- Endorsed by the KKK
Now that the Republican ticket has been established, I'm pretty sure that strange stories will be circulating about John McCain and Sarah Palin. Given the way Us has led the way, I think we can count on some along the lines of 'they're seen together so often - do you suppose there's something going on?!'
I know: Barack Obama has said 'hands off' the families. That was a classy statement. But I doubt that there will be any shortage of crazy stories about all the candidates.
This should be obvious, but let's remember: some magazines, newspapers, and news media tend to publish all the news they feel like printing. It's a good idea to collect all the facts: not just the ones from one set of supporters.
In the news:
- "Blurring of journalism lines in Palin story hurts public"
Los Angeles Times (September 4, 2008)
- "Us Weekly Cover Blasts Sarah Palin, but for the Obamas It’s a Cakewalk"
FOXNews (September 3, 2008) >