On April 1, 2018, at 6 p.m with a tweet with over 3,000 favorites and 1,626 retweets, people are talking about New York’s Magazine of depicting Donald Trump as a pig.
This was a huge spark for New York magazine, twitter and many news station questions on why the artist did it. The Western Journal says that Barack Obama was also depicted as a pig when he was once president of the United States of America. The magazine is titled “Not Collusion…Not Incompetence…Not Cruelty… It’s the Corruption, Stupid.
“Not only has Trump made no effort to raise ethical standards but he and his administration have flamboyantly violated the existing guideline,” Chait said. The article was written by Jonathan Chait, says Trump’s presidency has featured rampant corruption, the like of which has not been seen in more than a century. Portraying Trump as an objectionable manner has been a norm for media for any presidential elections. Not only was Trump depictated as an animal but, Barack Obama was depicted as a pig, Hilary Clinton was depicted as a lizard and many others. Also, Trump has been the target of unflattering magazine covers before, including Time magazine’s depiction of his hair on fire and German magazine Der Spiegel’s portrayal of Trump as a “devolved man”.
Even then, The Western Journal says that New York Magazine used Trump as a pig to expose corruption in the president’s administration, according to The Hill. In an accompanying piece in the same issue of the magazine, titled “501 Days in Swampland,” Joy Crane, Nick Tabor, and David Cay Johnston claimed Trump is making money off the presidency. This type of media does spark a hard topic, but sometimes need a credible source to back it up.
“This time around, the media doesn’t control the message of the information. We all knew about Trump and his lifestyle choices. He never hid them. We also remember how the media treated anyone who disagreed with the coverage the afforded Clinton,” Peterson said. It is true that media nowadays don’t control the messages. The message is torn and taken by piece by piece to become hot news for audiences to read. Also, media does this to gain money and gain new audiences to read their stories.
“This time it is different. This time, the media can’t kill the beast. And how they spin themselves into little tornadoes of futility is absolutely a joy to watch,” she added. Which I agree with Peterson killing this type of beast may not be possible for media to do. Nowadays, people think that the media only make up stories to gain money, spark a talk and gain more audiences.
Photo: President Donald Trump stops to speak to members of the media as he arrives for Easter services with first lady Melania Trump at Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach, Fla., Sunday, April 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)