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Obamas Bomb For People

When Us Weekly slapped Barack and Michelle Obama on the cover, Janice Min saw her newsstand numbers spike: Some 1 million readers picked up the issue, compared to the usual 800,000 copies that it normally moves. Perhaps looking for its own brand of presidential success, People followed suit, putting the entire Obama clan on its cover.

Things did not go as well.

Preliminary scan data from the issue's sales has just come in and we're told People's Obama cover moved just 1.3 million copies on the newsstand, lower than its usual 1.4-1.5 million copies.

Here's one way to look at the math: Based on an average of 1.4 million newsstand copies, People's Obama cover saw a 7.5 percent drop off. Meanwhile, The New Yorker's recent Obama cover moved 75,000 copies, up from its average 43,000 on the newsstand, a 74 percent increase.

That is, in some circles, a smiling Obama family is less preferable than a depiction of the potential First Couple as an extremist Muslim terrorist cell.

Jul 29, 2008 · posted by david · Link · 4 Responses
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Comments (4)
No. 1 People mag steals photos says:

Maybe it bombed because People magazine steals photos and publishes them without paying the agency?

Posted: Jul 29, 2008 at 10:45 am
No. 2 rue says:

Exactly how do you know how many magazines have been sold when this magazine is still on the shelves in checkout lines?

Posted: Jul 29, 2008 at 12:15 pm
No. 3 Vicki says:

I try not to ever buy People Magazine because it costs more than other celebrity magazines. Senator Obama and his family look lovely on the cover though. This is the perfect family for the whitehouse.

Posted: Jul 29, 2008 at 11:32 pm
No. 4 Paul says:

Maybe because people are inundated with his ugly mug 24/7 that people don't want to waste their money of such drivel…..

Gee, I don't know, gas in my tank or another Obama ball-licking interview? Hmmm, guess I'll go for the fuel…..

Posted: Jul 31, 2008 at 2:56 pm
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