TIME cover showing Joe Biden 'cool' in aviators mocked: 'He's sleeping'
TIME magazine sparked mockery after unveiling the cover image of its Friday issue to mark the upcoming summit between an aviator-rocking President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.
"This cover attempts to make Joe Biden look cool, but even in their flattering depiction of his face -- a drawing because he would look incredibly elderly and weak in a current high-def pic -- he has his typical gaping mouth that makes him look clueless and afraid of Putin who is staring him down with a confident smirk," political commentator Tim Young told Fox News. The reputed magazine's cover illustration shows Biden donning his signature aviator sunglasses with the headline, "Taking on Putin."
Fox News reported that TIME "spent years publishing unflattering illustrations of former President Donald Trump," with some covers that showed him having a meltdown and another of Trump's Oval Office in a "stormy" situation.
"I can't help but remember the cover of TIME where their editors pushed a lie by editing a Honduran child they claimed to have been separated from her parents by Trump on the cover with Trump - it turned out the child hadn't been separated at all, but that image had been used to ruin Trump, which was their entire biased game for four years," Young told the outlet.
It emerged in 2018 that the little girl shown in the viral photo crying while detained with her mother by a U.S. Border Patrol agent was reportedly never separated from her mother, according to her own father. Despite the new information, Time defended its controversial cover saying it was "an image America could not ignore." It even followed up with another article explaining "the story behind" the cover, according to Fox News.
Readers seemed to take notice of the magazine's apparent hypocrisy now that Biden is in office. "Giving him a pipeline of leverage into Europe is NOT taking him on. It’s giving in," former acting Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Richard Grenell noted, while National Review’s Kyle Smith added, "DNC press releases aren’t this sycophantic."
giving him a pipeline of leverage into Europe is NOT taking him on. It’s giving in. https://t.co/5LTY4nPqIt— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) June 11, 2021
DNC press releases aren’t this sycophantic. https://t.co/vuq5VYjIHO— Kyle Smith (@rkylesmith) June 11, 2021
Many others took to social media to slam the cover. "Holy Frickin' Chocolate Chocolate Chip," tweeted RealClearPolitics co-founder Tom Bevan, before sharing an older TIME magazine cover -- showing the faces of Trump and Putin morphed together -- for comparison. "Like handing Obama the Nobel, you're not even waiting to see if Biden will actually do anything worthy of this headline," former Defense Intelligence Analyst Oubai Shahbandar wrote.
"We are literally living in a dystopian world where the media creates a narrative that is the exact opposite of reality and a group of tribal lemmings lap it up like mother’s milk. Even for @Time, this is emabarrassing," one Twitter user added. "He's wearing sunglasses because he's sleeping," another quipped.
Like handing Obama the Nobel, you're not even waiting to see if Biden will actually do anything worthy of this headline— Oubai Shahbandar (@OS26) June 11, 2021
We are literally living in a dystopian world where the media creates a narrative that is the exact opposite of reality and a group of tribal lemmings lap it up like mother’s milk.— Intentional Fowler (@olemissbydamn) June 11, 2021
Even for @Time, this is emabarrassing.
He's wearing sunglasses because he's sleeping— Josias Teofiofó (@josiasteofiofo) June 11, 2021