On Thursday morning, TIME released a new issue featuring Attorney General Jeff Sessions. But the advertised in-depth interview is getting very little attention due to the apparently distracting nature of the cover photo.
TIME’s new cover: The trials of Jeff Sessions, featuring an exclusive interview https://t.co/j9ru5PSEJ7 pic.twitter.com/nBtA8exiML
— TIME (@TIME) March 29, 2018
MSNBC’s Kyle Griffin, among others, suggested that a TIME cover might spark jealousy from the White House and was indicative that Sessions’ tenure was coming to an end.
Jeff Sessions is on the cover of TIME.
Remember, Trump was reportedly bothered and annoyed last year when Bannon was on the cover of TIME. pic.twitter.com/AHQ5kwnroZ
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) March 29, 2018
Others felt that the unflattering nature of the photo was likely intentional and constituted unnecessary editorializing.
2. This tweet below is in reference to the cover above. I understand that Time Magazine covers are meant to be provocative but the story is enough..no reason to do this. https://t.co/twmz2TwYiq
— Yashar Ali (@yashar) March 29, 2018
And there were plenty who made comparisons to characters such as Gollum and the crypt-keeper, claiming that the photo just made Sessions look evil.
Jeff Sessions’ photo on the cover of TIME is creepy as hell. pic.twitter.com/C69RHEVXUV
— Sarah Lerner (@SarahLerner) March 29, 2018
For those who did make it past the photo, the interview dug into Sessions’ tenure as Attorney General, focusing primarily on his efforts to “unwind the Obama Justice Department’s policies” in rapid fashion.
He canceled the “smart on crime” initiative and replaced it with a directive to pursue maximal charging and sentencing. He pulled out of the consent decrees and rescinded Holder’s hands-off marijuana-enforcement policy. He announced the end of DACA, stepped up deportation orders and sued California over sanctuary cities. He has embraced Trump’s call to impose the death penalty on some drug dealers, which some legal scholars consider unconstitutional.
In spite of continued staff shake-ups in the White House, Sessions appeared to shrug off rumors that his own position might be in danger. He defended his willingness to defy President Trump, saying that all leaders should be wary of those who appear to be the most loyal. “It is they who will lead you astray.”