Sunday, November 20, 2016

Media reaction to Trump’s election based on magazine covers

Last month, I wrote an article about how the media were portraying Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in their magazine covers. The covers were mostly negative, portraying Trump as a bigot, a fascist and an unstable person.
Most media organizations, except for Investor’s Business Daily, didn’t think Trump had a prayer of winning the election. Magazine covers about Trump ahead of the election were largely fearmongering.
Check out the covers from the Orlando Weekly, the Big Issue (U.K.) and De Volkskrant (Netherlands) from right before the Nov. 8 election.

After Republican Trump won the election, defeating Democrat Hillary Clinton, some media organizations took a conciliatory tone. Time, Newsweek and People played it straight and unbiased.

Others continued to bash the controversial figure.
The New Yorker magazine responded to Trump’s victory with shock and horror. New York magazine accepted a grim new reality.

The foreign press was blunt in its criticism of Trump’s election.
Adbusters (Canada) portrayed Trump’s victory as an FU to the office.
Der Spiegel (Germany) pictured Trump’s head as a comet headed straight to Earth with the headline “Das ende der welt (wie wir sie kennen)” or “The end of the world (as we know it.).”
Liberation (France) portrayed Trump as a shadowy figure with the headline “American Psycho.”
The Guardian (U.K.) pictured a victorious Trump with the headline “Will Trump destroy America?”
Time will tell.

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