D’oh! Inquirer publishes fake TIME Magazine cover featuring PNoy among 100 Most Influential People in the World

fake_time_cover_noynoyAs if it weren’t funny enough. Early today, media watchdog blog Spin Busters broke news of an appalling lapse in editorial rigour by top Philippine broadsheet Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI). Spotted on the front page of the 20th April 2013 edition of the PDI was an image depicting what seems to be the front cover of TIME Magazine featuring a photo of Philippine President Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino III on the occasion of being named among the “100 Most Influential People in the World”.

The image is actually a photoshopped meme posted on the Facebook page of social media political commentary powerhouse Showbiz Government. An image of the front page of the day’s PDI is made available online at the Inquirer.net, in this case at Page one, April 20, 2013 where, as of this writing, it remains available for viewing and download (see also below). It is also now in hard copy circulation all over the country.

PDI Front Page 20 April 2013

What is really astounding, however, is how the Inquirer staff could be so clueless about the hilarity in this seminal photo of President BS Aquino flashing his signature nganga (gaping mouth) as to actually think that TIME would use it on one of their front covers. The photo was originally featured on the November 2012 Get Real Post article Is there hope in reforming the lazy presidency of President Noynoy Aquino? and is credited to the Associated Press. It was apparently taken during the Asia Pacific Economic Forum conference held in Vladivostok in 2012. It has since been used in various other memes published on Showbiz Government and other digital political commentary outlets all over the Web.

Much of the traditional media complex of the country is already under the control of oligarchs who owe much to the Aquino-Cojuangco dynasty. Even long before the 2009-2010 presidential campaign of President BS Aquino, the foundation for the awesome propaganda infrastructure of the Aquino-Cojuangco clan had already been lain. When the dust cleared in the aftermath of the 1986 “People Power” Edsa “Revolution”, the embryos of what are now two of the largest media outlets in the country — the monolithic ABS-CBN Network and the Aquino family newsletter, the Philippine Daily Inquirer — stood tall as “heroes” and went on to become the biggest beneficiaries of this “revolution”. Its owners continue laughing all the way to the bank — not a bad deal in exchange for the small utang-ng-loob (debt of gratitude) they owe to the Aquino-Cojuangco feudal clan.

The only greenfield left for the propaganda machine of the Yellow Mob to take control of was social media. Interestingly enough, as the battle for the ouster of then Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona loomed in the horizon in late 2011 and early 2012, Rappler.com popped up out of nowhere pitching itself as a “social news network”, a concept that even Rappler “thought leaders” fail to convincingly define clearly to this day.

The Inquirer.net has since tweeted an upbeat apology for the oversight…

Kudos to eagle-eyed tweeps who called our attention to the fake Time Mag cover. It was an oversight on our part. Thanks for the feedback!

I’m quite sure the fine men and women at Spin Busters and Showbiz Government would come up and take a bow if they weren’t already busy working on their next projects.

Indeed, haste makes waste. In this case, the haste to milk returns on, shall we say, “investments” in good relations with the editors of TIME have turned what was warm bread fresh from the oven into cold hard stone.


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How funny and unprofessional!
the Time cover of p-noy in his best fly-catching pose, and subtitled “the face of the country”. The yellow face of the press caught red faced.
no chance of making the most eligible batchelor’s list – not even in Gay Times.

Johnny Saint


Love that photo. Really shows BS Aquino’s character. Just wish they didn’t juxtapose it with more serious news, namely the hunt for the Boston Bombing suspects. Incidentally, the surviving bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was apprehended around 9am Philippine time.

the spoof Time photo deserves a spoof write up President Aquino of the flippin where. The stuttering president, whose lack of a love-life occupies more of his mind than the affairs of state. Hot he is not, and his reproductive chances are mission impossible. After 3 years of late night karaoke, work avoidance measures, and ribbon cutting, ‘noynoying’ entered the local vocabularly to describe his lack of a work ethic. As Uncle Sam’s lapdog in south east asia he barks at the chinese, who could have him served up as a dish anytime they wish. He is a clown, the… Read more »

That’s what happens when they do the pwede na iyan mentality.


Inquirer admits they wanted Noynoy on cover of Time. Coming across as biased and cheerleaders not journalists in search of the truth. As if it excuses their blunder. You can’t love someone unconditionally and endlessly and still cover them objectively. Why trust these guys as a news source. You are better off with J. Jonah Jameson.


Guys, get a life please.

Haters go to hell.

Let’s just do our shares for the betterment of the Philippines.

proud pinoy

You’re right majestic! Stop pointing fingers at others guys. If each and every one of us will just do our shares – even how small it may seem – we will succeed as a nation. Blame game will not bear any good. Peace guys! Go Pinoys!

proud pinoy

Let’s just be proud that others (non Filipinos) are noticing improvements in the Philippines beacause of the reforms being implemented by our President Pnoy. If you’re one of the non believers, just keep quiet and do your share to improve the Philippines as per your criteria.

Drahma Bull

What an incompetent fool that writer is.


Photo captions – aquino ‘time magazine cover’

P-noy back channeling.

‘Now that’s what i call a wash and brush up’

‘A hot dog, and an ice cream!’

‘Do these new glasses make me look intelligent?’

‘Uncle sam, be careful where you put your hand – more to the right’


“Hey, look! Its Homer Simpson’s Filipino cousin!”.


Wow. This is hilarious.

I don’t know what’s more laughable, the Philippine government or the Philippine news media.

No wonder we’re the laughing stock of Asian nations.


Well done, PDI. The dubiousness of your work is evidently manifested in this issue.


For the trolls who don’t understand this article, this reminds me of this song:




Pride injection failed.


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Johnny Derp

Two years later and what the majority of anti aquinos here have said about Aquino became truth.
In just 2 years after this blog post, aquino has definitely become a failed president.

Propaganda can never hide that fact.