On the one hand, Los Angeles magazine can be accused of knowing exactly what it was doing when it put one of the authors of its October content, rather than issue subjects, on the cover. Because if socialite Wallis Annenberg had graced the front rather than the person who interviewed her, Maria Shriver, there’s no way the glossy monthly would have been able to wrangle today’s exclusive People.com preview.
On the other hand, what kind of journalism precedent is being set here? Sure, the theme of the October issue is “The L.A. Woman” and no one currently epitomizes the good and bad of what that entails more than Shriver. But there needs to be an actual story about her, not just by her.
In a tweet promoting the People mention, Los Angeles magazine promised that this first look at the October cover is “going to surprise you.” But in FishbowlLA’s case, that’s not actually true.