TIME Magazine Accused of Ripping Off MAD With Russian White House Cover
TIME Magazine has released a new cover in an attempt to depict President Donald Trump's alleged Russian ties.
The cover shows the White House transforming into the Kremlin, and a Twitter video from the magazine reads, "How Trump's loyalty test is straining Washington."
— TIME (@TIME) May 18, 2017
The magazine's editor said it's the first cover in a decade to appear with no accompanying headline.
Meanwhile, MAD Magazine took to Twitter to question whether TIME's cover art was an original idea.
— MAD Magazine (@MADmagazine) May 18, 2017
A Dec. 2016 MAD cover looks strikingly similar, conveying the exact same message to readers.
On "Outnumbered" today, the co-hosts - including Mike Huckabee - compared the coverage of the Trump administration to that of Democrats.
Abby Huntsman noted that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) appeared on the cover with what looked to some like a halo around his head.
— Sam Jacobs (@sampjacobs) February 9, 2017
A week earlier in February, White House chief strategist Steve Bannon appeared in a sinister-looking photo, with the magazine calling him "The Great Manipulator."
— José Luis Montenegro (@montenegrojluis) February 2, 2017
Huckabee said Bannon was made to look like a bank robber.
"They should rename the magazine. Just call it slime," said the former Arkansas governor.
TIME named Trump its 2016 Person of the Year, but called him the "President of the Divided States of America."
Huckabee said TIME, Newsweek and other weekly magazines were "at least relatively objective," in the past, but are now "organs for hardcore left-wing editorial opinion."
TIME's cover comes in response to the appointment of a special counsel to oversee the Russia investigation, as well as on the heels of a report that Trump disclosed classified intelligence to Russian officials.
Watch the reaction from the co-hosts above.