In a story so outlandish that it just had to be a hoax, the Internet was buzzing over advance copies of a national magazine celebrating a Hillary Clinton win. According to a bookstore worker who saw advance copies, Newsweek’s “Madam President” commemorative issue hailed a triumph over bigotry and hailed the nation’s first female president. But it wasn’t a hoax after all and the media was tasked with spinning the cover as evidence of a good business decision rather than a rigged election.

According to CNN “No, Newsweek’s Clinton cover is not proof the election is rigged”:

“The fix is in.” “The election is a fraud.” “This Newsweek cover proves the election is rigged.”

Yes, a commemorative edition of Newsweek is being cited as evidence that Hillary Clinton is stealing the election, and that the news media is in on it.

Right wing blogs and Facebook forums lit up with the fake news on Monday after a woman tweeted out a picture of Newsweek’s “Madam President” cover.

Most of the sites ignored the obvious explanation: A Clinton cover and Donald Trump cover are both in the works. Some people would rather just believe the conspiracy theory.

When asked to comment on the Clinton cover flap, Newsweek editor Jim Impoco responded very simply: By sending a picture of the President Trump version of the cover.

This is the media version of World Series keepsakes that were on sale in Cleveland and Chicago last week. Street vendors printed “Cubs win” and “Indians win” T-shirts, then trashed the Indians shirts after the Cubs won Game 7.

“For the past six months Newsweek Special Editions has been piecing together a Road to the White House Tribute Issue for both major party candidates,” Tony Romando of Topix Media said on Monday.

Romando shared the introductory pages of the Trump edition with CNNMoney to prove that both versions exist.

But Topix made a business decision to only print the Clinton version ahead of time given that she is almost universally favored to win the election on Tuesday.

So the magazine is real but the company only chose to print the Clinton edition? This despite tightening polls as well as Hillary not being cleared by the FBI until late Sunday? The media is also spending a good amount of time touting polls that show an overwhelming likelihood of Clinton “winning” the election even if the polls have admittedly been adjusted to suppress Trump support as in the case of Reuters. The establishment rumor debunking operation is also batting down speculation that the Newspeak Newsweek over is an indication that the fix is in.

By all indications it looks like a professional perception management (psyops) campaign to convince Americans that resistance to the establishment is futile.

It doesn’t take a conspiracy theorist to smell something fishy with this explanation.

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