The Washington Post published a story this Tuesday revealing that at least four Trump-owned golf clubs were displaying fake TIME Magazine covers featuring Donald Trump with the headline, “Donald Trump: The ‘Apprentice’ is a television smash!” Now, the magazine is asking the Trump Organization to have them removed.
According to a TIME spokesperson, the cover, dated March 1, 2009, was never published.
There was no March 1, 2009, issue of Time magazine. And there was no issue at all in 2009 that had Trump on the cover.
In fact, the cover on display at Trump’s clubs, observed recently by a reporter visiting one of the properties, contains several small but telling mistakes. Its red border is skinnier than that of a genuine Time cover, and, unlike the real thing, there is no thin white border next to the red. The Trump cover’s secondary headlines are stacked on the right side — on a real Time cover, they would go across the top.
The cover seems to fit a broader pattern for Trump, who has often boasted of his appearances on Time’s cover and adorned his Trump Tower office with images of himself from magazines and newspapers. Trump has made claims about himself — about his charitable giving, his business success, even the size of the crowd at his inauguration — that are not supported by the facts.
See how the fake Trump TIME cover (top left) is interspersed with other real magazine covers? This is the definition of "fake news." pic.twitter.com/lHgi9w7FRG
— Sky Palma (@DeadStateTweets) June 27, 2017
“I can confirm that this is not a real TIME cover,” Kerri Chyka wrote to the Post in an email. According to reports, the fake cover was displayed alongside real covers in at least one location.
Trump has only been featured on the magazine’s cover once, back in January of 1989, long before he entered politics.
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