An image showing Hillary Clinton on the cover of a Newsweek publication under the title “Madam President” is real but is not proof that the news outlet colluded with the Clinton campaign prior to the 2016 presidential election.
by Dan Evon
WHAT’S FALSE: As is typical in the souvenir business, an alternate ‘President Trump’ cover was also prepared to cover both contingencies.
ORIGIN:On 7 November 2016, the day before the 2016 Presidential election, an image purportedly showing Hillary Clinton on the cover of Newsweek under the title “Madam President” was widely circulated on social media. Some disreputable web sites claimed that the photograph was evidence that the media had been colluding with the Clinton campaign in order to ensure a victory for the Democratic candidate:
Stacks of boxes with the Special Edition ‘Madam President’ cover depicting Hillary Clinton winning the U.S. presidential race next week were secretly photographed by a Newsweek employee who says that there were no Trump versions made.
The find proves that the media, in collusion with the Clinton campaign, have planned for a Hillary victory all along.
The above-displayed image is real. However, this image does not prove that the media was rigging the election for Hillary Clinton.
It isn’t uncommon for those in the souvenir business to lay prepare commemorative items honoring major events well before they come to pass. In anticipation of the election outcome, two Newsweek-branded special commemorative publication covers were readied — one featuring Donald Trump and the other Hillary Clinton:
“For the past six months Newsweek Special Editions has been piecing together a Road to the White House Tribute Issue for both major party candidates,” Tony Romando of Topix Media said.
But Topix made a business decision to only print the Clinton version ahead of time given that she is almost universally favored to win the election.
If Trump wins, the Clinton copies will be trashed and the Trump version will be rushed to the printing presses — a simple business calculation, Romando said.
Romando explained: “Unlike hard news magazines, commemorative editions for sporting events, elections and unfortunately deaths are created weeks, months, and even years in advance. The largest publishers in America have dozens of tributes ready to print at plants across the country,” he said.