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We've Got This One Covered

Compare and contrast: Washingtonian magazine covers from May 2009, at left, and May 1980.Enlarge Image

With their new cover featuring a bare-chested President Obama, Washingtonian editors drew gibes from critics for digitally altering the color of Obama's trunks and his torso's sun-kissed glow -- but also a ton of buzz. Sigh. Not only is it not a new photo of Obama ... it's not even the first time Washingtonian has teased us with presidential beefcake! Here's the May 1980 cover. (And no, not Ronald Reagan's actual body, but another slick editing job.)

By The Reliable Source  |  April 21, 2009; 4:12 PM ET
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Who on earth is running Washingtonian these days? Every magazine cover is a list. The features are horribly-written. Every feature seems to highlight rich bubble-world people that most of never see, most of us don't care about, and most of us never, ever hear about. The front is bubble-world gossip, see above. There is very little hard-news, investigative work. There is too much dog-and-pony-show p.r. crap. And forget the bubble-world society crap. There are about 5 million people in the D.C. metropolitan area--very little of what's in Washingtonian for the past 15 years applies to most of the people in this region. This is why the magazine is seeing decreasing readership, circulation, subscribers, ads--and revenues. It's time for an overhaul of the magazine, effective immediately. And please--NO MORE LISTS.

Posted by: thefrontpage1 | April 22, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

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