What a blatantly impressive visual device to justify this sleaze cover story, also exploiting the tabloid-void as the Murdoch empire goes limping. (Not like anything more important is going on, right?)
At the same time, how easy it is to defend the design simply by arguing that the layout not only “mirrors the times” but is also applicable by virtue (if I can use that word) of the Murdoch teaser at the foot of the cover. So:
Go intimidating, world finance power guy known only by his initials!
And go “Wendi, the Tiger Wife”!
Newsweek cover story: The Maid’s Tale.
(photo-illustration: still looking.)