Tossing aside the question of whether People has a pro-McCain-Palin bias, eventually the issue of covering the Republican candidates will be decided by the newsstand numbers.
MSNBC's Courtney Hazlett reports that Sarah Palin may be a newsstand superstar, but the McCain family isn't faring as well. From her Scoop column (second item down):
According to a well-placed industry insider, the McCain family issue has not sold as well as the Palin cover; in fact early estimates indicate it is selling below the magazine's weekly average.
"The early numbers have (the McCain issue) a good bit below their average -- about 1.3 million," says the source. "Palin did about 1.7 million, which is above average."
A rep for People said it was still "too early" to know whether the numbers were accurate.
How will Donald Trump’s first 100 days impact YOU? Subscribe, choose the community that you most identify with or want to learn more about and we’ll send you the news that matters most once a week throughout Trump’s first 100 days in office. Learn more