Businessweek covers ‘aged Obama’ (and the Romney cover it’s not running)

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The next issue of Bloomberg Businessweek will feature a photo illustration by Justin Metz of President Obama's face weathered by time and worry: "no matter how successful he is, the hardest job in the world will take its toll," a blog post explaining the cover says.

The magazine also sent out the Romney cover it would have run had the Republican challenger won:

For no reason other than that I haven't had much sleep, I animated the covers.

Last June, Newsweek aged a photo of Princess Diana to posit what she might look like at 50. Businessweek's cover last week linking Hurricane Sandy to global warming was bold, too, but I didn't see it getting mocked the way Newsweek's attempts to court controversy (or, if you prefer, "conversation") with its print covers have been lampooned over the past two years. Businessweek had a soberly argued piece backing up its headline, though. Two recent talky Newsweek covers, "Muslim Rage" and "Heaven Is Real," on the other hand, did not.

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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