‘TIME to Go’ Magazine Cover Featuring Donald Trump Not Authentic

The viral image differs from the official TIME cover as it does not have any dateline and name of the website.

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A fake magazine cover showing US President Donald Trump is being falsely attributed to TIME.
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(This story was first published on 1 June 2020 and is being republished in light of the same photo being shared amid the US presidential elections.)

Several social media users including actor Daniel Newman have shared the cover of TIME Magazine showing a silhouette of US President Donald Trump. The cover is titled as “TIME...to go”.

However, we found that it is not an authentic cover issued by TIME and differs from the official cover, as it does not have any dateline and name of the website.

You can view the archived version <a href="http://archive.is/mI6EW">here</a>.
You can view the archived version here.
(Source: Twitter/ Screenshot)

CLAIM

Author Shobhaa De also shared the image of the cover with the caption: “Pure brilliance!!”

You can view the archived version <a href="http://archive.is/4opkr">here</a>.
You can view the archived version here.
(Source: Twitter/ Screenshot)

Several users shared the image on Facebook and Twitter.

You can view the archived version <a href="http://archive.is/jA7CR">here</a>.
You can view the archived version here.
You can view the archived version <a href="http://archive.is/hvNBt">here</a>.
You can view the archived version here.
(Source: Facebook/ Screenshot)

WHAT WE FOUND OUT

The viral image and the official TIME magazine covers are very different in terms of layout, let’s see how:

Key elements such as the dateline on top right of the official cover (on the right) and the name of the website “time.com” are missing in the viral image.

Left: Viral Image. Right: Official TIME Magazine Cover.
Left: Viral Image. Right: Official TIME Magazine Cover.
(Photo: Altered by The Quint)

Further, we checked website of The Vault which has TIME magazine’s online archives but could not find any edition which had the cover as the one seen in the viral image.

Also, a TIME spokesperson confirmed to Reuters that the cover in question is not an authentic one.

Clearly, a fake cover featuring a silhouette of US President Trump is being shared as one released by TIME magazine.

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