Vanity Fair has taken a jab at the New Yorker, posting a spoof of the magazine’s controversial Barack Obama cover on its website. VF’s "cover" shows a doddering John McCain gripping a walker and fist-bumping his wife, Cindy, who cradles a pile of prescription drugs. In the background, the Constitution burns in the fireplace under a portrait of President Bush.
The New Yorker’s version showed Obama wearing Muslim garb and fist-bumping his wife while an American flag burns in the fireplace. “Heaven knows we’ve published our share of scandalous images, on the cover and otherwise,” VF editors explain in a post. “We’ve been watching the kerfuffle over last week’s New Yorker cover with a mixture of empathy and better-you-than-us relief.”