MORE magazine featured Michelle Obama on the cover of its October edition but has the chutzpah to claim the choice was not a political statement. Apparently more than a few readers disagreed prompting a fast response on the MORE website including this remark:
…some felt we weren’t giving equal billing to both sides of the political equation.”
It is unimaginable that the Obama cover wasn’t carefully considered before justifying this plunge into the political arena. How can this not be a blatant attempt to influence voters? It will be featured on newsstands nationwide for the next month where not only women of MORE’s target demographic (women in their 40s and 50s) but voters of all stripes will be encouraged to envision Mrs. Obama in the White House.
MORE insulted all of its readers and would have done so even if it had selected Sarah Palin or Cindy McCain for its cover in this crucial final few weeks. Will subscription cancellations be the result? US Weekly learned the hard way and it could well be the case for MORE, too.
Parent company, The Meredith Publishing Group publishes Better Homes and Gardens, Family Circle, Ladies’ Home Journal, Parents, Fitness, and American Baby amongst other magazines and appears strong. Still if you are so inclined, make your views known via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.