Yesterday it was reported that Newsweek had already printed up collector’s edition copies of their publication with a cover featuring a picture of a victorious Hillary Clinton with the title “Madam President”.
When this story leaked out, Newsweek was criticized for jumping the gun on the presidential election and assuming that Hillary Clinton would win, which proved to be a very premature decision. So confident that Clinton would emerge victorious, Newsweek had already shipped thousands of these copies to wholesalers, set to hit the stands after her assumed historic victory that never materialized.
Obviously we know now how wrong Newsweek was in their prediction of a Clinton victory, as just about every other mainstream media outlet was, and they were forced to recall copies of the “Madam President” publication and are now set to release the “President Trump” versions.
NY Post reports:
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.
The magazine hit stores Tuesday. While retailers were told not to put issues on sale prior to the election, a handful did.
Romando claims only 17 Clinton magazines were sold — out of 125,000 printed and shipped.
“All wholesalers and retailers have been asked to return any issues they have as we need to clear room for [150,000 copies of] the President Trump issue,” Romando said. “We expect it to sell very well as there is obviously a great demand.”
The Barnes & Noble on Union Square that was selling “Madam President” issues Tuesday had none on their shelves Wednesday, according to a clerk in the magazine section, who told The Post he didn’t know if they sold out or were pulled.
I’m guessing that since so few of the Clinton victory Newsweek copies were actually made public, that they could eventually become a collectors item for historians. I could see an episode of American Pickers, maybe 30 years from now, going through someone’s garage of junk and finding a copy of this Newsweek edition printed in error. They then recall the historic election of 2016 when Donald Trump won the presidency against all odds and America began to become great again.
The American Pickers would also add additional value to this edition based on Hillary Clinton being prosecuted and going to prison in 2017.
Needless to say, enjoy your collectors edition of the President Trump version of Newsweek set to hit the stands next week.