New Yorker publishes provocative Anthony Weiner cover, journalists react

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The artist who created the New Yorker's provocative Aug. 5 cover of Anthony Weiner, which shows the politician sitting on top of the Empire State Building, says he came up with the idea through free association.

John Cuneo tells the New Yorker's Culture Desk:

“Free association made me think of the Empire State Building, and then King Kong, the iconic image of him straddling it. And then Weiner sexting, his head tilted and looking a certain way—I just stumbled upon the image as I was sketching. But all I could think about while working on this piece was, ‘Will Weiner still be in the race by the time it runs?’”

On Wednesday, several newspapers published catchy front-page stories about Weiner following new sex scandal accusations.'s Andrew Beaujon pointed out that The New York Post's Wednesday cover was "surprisingly restrained."

Here's how some journalists and readers are reacting to the New Yorker cover:

The New Yorker has gotten a lot of attention throughout the years for its covers. Here are some other notable covers:

The New Yorker's Ernie and Bert cover, which came out after the Supreme Court's Defense of Marriage Act decision, was widely talked about.

The New Yorker' gained attention for its 2013 Mother's Day cover, which featured two mothers.
Cover artist Adrian Tomine explained his thinking behind this Hurricane Sandy cover: ” I feel like the storm has made real a lot of issues in the election that were hypothetical, that were thrown around as debate topics—global warming; and Is Obama enough of a leader to handle a natural disaster?; and Do we need FEMA?”
This 2008 cover, depicting Barack Obama in Muslim barb, is among one of the New Yorker's most controversial covers.

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