Newsweek cover to Obama “Hit the road Barack”


Comment by Jim Campbell, Citizen Journalist, Oath Keeper and Patriot.
This article was written originally last year.  That being the case New Week and their columnist were still a bit late for the dance.
Newsweek created controversy Monday with their cover story- Photo: Screenshot Newsweek
That being said, the story is more relevant today.  Barack Benghazi Obama has been systematically destroying the frame work of our Republic.
The dude better get his act together or he can expect some serious push back from We the People.  After all, how much Constitution is left for him to shred?
It’s time for Obama to take a hike.
That’s my story and I’m sticking to it, I’m J.C. and I approve this message.
Peter Bella

Why does Paul Ryan scare the president so much? Because Obama has broken his promises, and it’s clear that the GOP ticket’s path to prosperity is our only hope… 

Yet the question confronting the country nearly four years later is not who was the better candidate four years ago. It is whether the winner has delivered on his promises. And the sad truth is that he has not… 

…We are becoming the 50–50 nation—half of us paying the taxes, the other half receiving the benefits.” (Niall Ferguson/Newsweek)

CHICAGO, August 21, 2012— Newsweek columnist and Harvard professor, Niall Ferguson wrote a damning editorial about President Obama. It is this week’s cover story. Since its release Monday, the magazine cover created controversy and raised hackles. It generated heated debate and discussion.

That is what good journalism is supposed to do. 

Newsweek put out a video explaining the back-story and why they chose to run this opinion piece on the cover. 

It took a certain amount of fearlessness and courage to run that cover. Kudos to Newsweek. The story is generating criticism and debate, which is what opinion pieces are for. The decision to run Ferguson’s piece as a cover story is being attacked and praised. 

The establishment media regularly defends and enables this administration. What little criticism they publish is laced with generous benefit of the doubt. It is also buried in sections few people read. (The rest below)

The media enabling this president is not only unethical and unprofessional, it is damaging. The media are becoming just as responsible as the president for the sorry state of the nation. Enabling failure generates more failure.

Newsweek broke from the liberal media herd mentality by running this editorial as a cover piece.

It is inconceivable a publication like Newsweek would allow such a biting editorial to be a cover story. It was improbable the cover caption would proclaim, “HIT THE ROAD BARACK WHY WE NEED A NEW PRESIDENT”.

Liberals were snickering when Newsweek’s cover proclaimed Romney a wimp a few weeks ago. They were laughing uproariously when Newsweek’s cover portrayed Michelle Bachman in an unflattering light. The jury is still out over the cover portraying Obama with a rainbow halo calling him the first gay president.

It is surprising no one is calling Newsweek racist yet. That is inevitable. There must be some racial coding on that cover. When the race code cryptologists make something up there will be headlines and exploding heads.

Where is Toure Neblett when you need him?

Newsweek/Daily Beast editor Tina Brown is no stranger to controversial publication. She revels in it. Controversy is what made her award-winning career as an editor so successful. She knows she must appeal to a diverse group of readers to survive. Controversy generates readership and revenue. She knows journalism is first and foremost a business.

Economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman complained bitterly about the Ferguson’s article in his blog. He called the piece unethical. The New York Times is not exactly a paragon of ethics. A paragon of propaganda is a more apt description

There are calls for Ferguson to put under review or be fired from his post at Harvard. Some of those are from a few Harvard alumni in the media.

They feel he is embarrassing the institution.

In the New America people are not allowed freedom of speech, expression, or the press unless they tow the progressive line. They and the entities that publish them must be punished, destroyed, and denied existence. Progressives love pogroms.

Why would Newsweek publish such a cover story?  Media entities are hurting financially. Advertising and circulation rates are down. Even major media’s online publications are taking a financial hit.

If Newsweek can appeal to conservative readers, they increase their exposure. They increase their readership. It is simple arithmetic, more readers=more money. No liberal complex intellectual math is needed to explain that.

Newsweek’s editor, Tina Brown, is being roundly criticized in the media and by left wingnuts for using this piece as a controversial ploy to sell magazines. If so, she should be congratulated. She is in the magazine business. She is supposed to sell magazines.

Ideologues and media personnel seem to forget journalism is a business. They sell things. That is how they make money. If they cannot sell they go broke. Then scribblers and well coifed script readers get unemployed. Those who believe the media is a noble ethical profession should get a grip on reality. It is a business. It always was a business.

Whatever the reason for the cover piece and caption, Newsweek provides a refreshing departure from the regular Pabulum propaganda the rest of the establishment media puts out. It also puts the rest of them on notice.

There are other voices people want to hear. If the rest do not appeal to them Newsweek will.

There is a reason why Conservative media is successful. There are millions of consumers who are willing to buy, subscribe, read, watch, or listen. The marketplace is for ideas not propaganda. People want choices. Journalism lost the trust of the American public when their narrow minded views became more important than the consumer. It is why journalism, as a sector, going broke. It is also why journalists and media are viewed as negatively as lawyers, Congress, and used car salesmen.

If institutional media wants to sustain itself and stay viable they must recognize that the population is not all progressive, leftwing, or liberal. The media needs to broaden its appeal. If they do not more people will enter the market. They will succeed while the establishment dies.

The mainstream media is modeling failure. If they want to stay competitive they should model success. That means giving the public what it wants and needs. It is all about the consumer not them.

This cover piece proves there might be a glimmer of hope that the media will change. Whether they will take off their blinders and stop pulling this administration’s manure cart remains to be seen.

Peter V. Bella is a retired Chicago Police Officer, freelance journalist and photojournalist, cook, and raconteur.  He likes to be the irreverent sharp stick that pokes, prods, and annoys.  His opinions are his and his alone. Mr. Bella is a member of the National Press Photographers Association and the Society for Professional Journalists.

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12 thoughts on “Newsweek cover to Obama “Hit the road Barack”

  1. If articles like this had been posted some time ago, then Newsweek – and perhaps the country – might not be circling the drain right now.

  2. Just think about this for a moment. You know that when you are in a group of people…you KNOW when there are several there that DO NOT LIKE YOU. No one has to say it out loud. You can feel it.
    Let’s just say for instance, only a million people hate him. How would you feel if you had a Million People hate you?

    “Thoughts are things.”

  3. Yes, hit the road Barry!!

  4. Chair vs. Firing Squad?

  5. I thought PatriotWatch was talking about Eastwood’s Empty Chair! Hey, let’s not get too blood-thirsty here. Let’s just let the forces of Nature do their thing…

    • Sorry Joy. When the people make him prove out who he is, and they will and soon. When the world, most of whom already know, as fact that Obama is a fraud. i will be demnding the death penalty.

      If he does not I will lose my mind. You think these liberals can be brutal? He has wasted the “peoples” time. 5 years. folks have lost some and some most if not all.

      Too blood thirsty? I’m being good here.

      You will witness the worlds largest riot and very soon.

      • OK, PatriotWatch – Have your revolution and your revenge, but the “world’s largest riot,” as you call it, will be leveled by an even more superior form of violence all the Patiots in America won’t be able to overcome. Have you NOT been paying any attention to what the Ogime & its Homeland INsecurity Dept have been up to for the past few years? Only a nuclear bomb on DC will get their attention and do some REAL damage. Anything – and anyone – less will be squashed like bugs. Obozo is just the front for a MUCH larger force of evil; but his Communist upbringing & Chicago background/connections have prepared him well for the role they designed for him.
        After observing this sad fact of life, my own mantra has become (and borrowing from a famous person whose name I’ve now forgotten), “Conform where you must; escape when you can!”

        • I have a lot of questions for you like who will be doing the squashing? US Troops? Maybe the blacks and browns will shoot other Americans but you will get few whites who will.

          People served and died for me based on freedom. I take that very seriously. So if Obama wants to drone me or Homeland Security wants to drive a tank through my ffront door, so be it. I am ready. But I refuse to “escape” to anywhere.

          So if Obama and friends want me, proceed with caution

          • Hey, P-W, your beef isn’t with ME – I’m not the one at war with you!
            As for thinking that only “the blacks & the browns” will be in the special O Units for Domestic Protection from Terror, you haven’t been paying attention to how the whole military has been slowly islamisized and the oath new recruits take is to the State, first & foremost. All you have to do is look at every other dictatorship, including O’s pal Chavez’s successful dismantling of everything even remotely resembling a free county.
            It doesn’t take much – just a large percentage of the population rolling over for what they’ve been brainwashed is “the greater cause.” As for any “escape,” that’s only a figurative way of saying that one can choose to just “drop out” and/or “go underground.” Not literally, of course, but in one’s public profile. But I’m an older person not looking for any war, adventure or unintended mishap…

  6. 1389 AD GREAT comment. Pretty straight forward but rarely uttered

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