Newsweek, People magazine feeling the heat of election results

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Newsweek on Wednesday recalled a special edition issue of the magazine titled “Madam President,” celebrating the “newly elected president” Hillary Clinton. The magazine was shipped prematurely to retailers early in the week, and some stores put it on sale as early as Tuesday before polls had closed.

According to a story in the New York Post:

A national recall went out Wednesday for the special Madam President issue of Newsweek that was prematurely shipped to stores and newsstands across the country. At the same time, the publisher of the magazine will rush the President Trump version of the commemorative issue to press on Thursday — so it will get to stores next week. Like everybody else, we got it wrong, said Tony Romando, CEO of Topix Media, the Newsweek partner which produces special issues under the popular brand. Both a Clinton and a Trump commemorative issue were designed and laid out in advance, but Topix Media, believing late last week that Clinton was likely to win, shipped only the Clinton issue.

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People magazine is also feeling the heat from the election outcome.

On Thursday, some Hollywood celebrities began calling for a boycott of the magazine, after its cover story on President-elect Trump was revealed. The magazine’s headline reads: “President Trump: His life, his family and his astonishing journey to the White House.”

Director Judd Apatow tweeted (in part): “F— @people magazine. How disgusting. Selling their soul. Soon the happy Donald cover. Sell those mags!”

The outcry is due in part to the October essay in People by Natasha Stoynoff, a former writer for the magazine, saying she was attacked by Trump while on assignment for People in 2005.

In a statement, People magazine defended the cover story: “Donald Trump’s win is a history-making news event that warranted the cover of the magazine. The story is not a celebration or an endorsement and we continue to stand by Natasha Stoynoff, whose account of being attacked by Trump in 2005 is recounted in this week’s cover story.”

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