Newsweek Spiked Obama-Trayvon Cover

Journal-isms: Editor-in-chief Tina Brown explained why she decided against the "brilliant" image.

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Newsweek Spiked Cover of Obama as Trayvon Martin

” . . . Posted on the Newsweek Tumblr — social media, in action! — is a video of the editor, herself, discussing a spiked cover that involved posing Barack Obama as Trayvon Martin,” Foster Kamer wrote about Tina Brown Tuesday for the New York Observer.

“She explains:

” ‘It was a Trayvon [Martin] cover that we were going to do. And the president had just said, “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.” So we did a cover of Barack in a hoodie . . . ‘

“And what’d she think of it?

” ‘And I really thought it was brilliant, actually, because it sort of dramatized what he was saying.’

“If she doesn’t say so herself. But then?

” ‘But then, I became very anxious about what could be done with it in its afterlife. And one thing you have to think about which you didn’t have to think about much in the days when I was editing Vanity Fair . . . ‘ “

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