VF Spoof Bumps New Yorker

McCain's on a walker while Cindy cradles drugs in Vanity Fair illustration
By Laurel Jorgensen,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 23, 2008 9:15 AM CDT
'Vanity Fair' has spoofed the controversial 'New Yorker' cover of Barack Obama.   (Vanity Fair)
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(Newser) 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.”