Satire or racism?
Politics of fear?
All of the above??
Just what message is the covertoon of the New Yorker magazine trying to convey? Listen HERE to what talk show hosts had to say….. needless to say, the above questions remain unanswered.
CNN published the following report regarding the situation…
The New Yorker cover published Sunday shows Barack and Michelle Obama with a flag burning in the fireplace.

The New Yorker cover published Sunday shows

Barack and Michelle Obama with a flag burning in the fireplace.

Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign has sharply criticized The New Yorker magazine over the publication’s latest cover illustration, which appears to portray the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee and his wife as terrorist enemies of the United States.

The cover, published Sunday, shows Obama in the Oval Office dressed in traditional Muslim attire. His wife, Michelle, wears an Afro hairstyle and has a machine gun slung over her back. An American flag can be seen burning in the fireplace, and a picture of Osama bin Laden hangs on the wall.

“The New Yorker may think, as one of their staff explained to us, that their cover is a satirical lampoon of the caricature Sen. Obama’s right-wing critics have tried to create,” Obama spokesman Bill Burton said in a statement. “But most readers will see it as tasteless and offensive. And we agree.”

David Remnick, the longtime editor of the highly-regarded publication, told CNN’s “The Situation Room” that he believes the ironic intent of the illustration will be clear to most Americans.

“The idea is to attack lies and misconceptions and distortions about the Obamas and their background and their politics. We’ve heard all of this nonsense about how they’re supposedly insufficiently patriotic or soft on terrorism,” the The New Yorker editor said.

“That somehow the fist bump is something that it’s not. And we try to put all of these images in one cover, and to satirize and shine a really harsh light on something that could be incredibly damaging.”

On Sunday evening Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton called it “tasteless and offensive.” Sen. John McCain said Monday it is “totally inappropriate.”

Obama refused to comment on the illustration Sunday.

Obama supporter and Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard Parks Sr. on Monday called for a boycott of the magazine. Parks is a Democratic superdelegate from California.

“I think it’s outrageous that we’d have a cover that would depict racism, sexism, anti-religion, also anti-patriotism, and then on top of it to try to draw a conclusion that Mr. Obama has some sympathy toward terrorism,” Parks told CNN.

But Remnick, who has approved several provocative covers in the past — including a recent illustration of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad appearing to solicit gay sex in a bathroom — says he isn’t concerned Americans will misunderstand the illustration.

“I think you underestimate the intelligence of the American people, to be quite honest. Yes, there will be some people who will misunderstand it, not get it at first,” he said. “But here we are on television, discussing something that’s been a kind of subterranean theme in American politics, which is disgusting — these lies about Barack Obama, about Michelle Obama.

“And so in fact we’re not even satirizing the Obamas, we’re satirizing these rumors, the lies that have fed into the politics of fear.”

Remnick also defended his publication’s use of satire in general, likening it to the work of popular television hosts Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. “If there’s no possibility for satire, if you always have to look for the joke that every — absolutely everyone will get, you won’t have Jon Stewart, you won’t have Stephen Colbert,” he said.

“Stephen Colbert goes on and mocks right-wing commentary by pretending to be a right-wing commentary. In a way this is Colbert in print.”

And not everyone finds the illustration over the top.

“Do you really believe that if you see this … cover, you’re going to say to yourself, ‘Oh, this is Barack and Michelle’?” conservative radio talk-show host Shelley Wynter asked. “This is satire. Anybody that looks at a drawing of a cartoon and wants to say, ‘This is what my presidential candidate is going to be like’ is already ridiculous and shouldn’t be voting.”

The cover is linked to a feature article about Obama’s formative political years in Chicago.

Liberal radio talk-show host Laura Flanders told CNN’s “American Morning” on Monday. “I think the Obama campaign made a misstep here. They should have come out strongly endorsing this cover.”

She said, “This isn’t a jab at them, terrorist or any other kind. This is a jab at the media. … It should be cause for our conversation to focus on the kind of fear mongering that the media and people on the right have engaged in.”

Conservative talk-show host Joe Pagliarulo agreed.

“I think this could be a very positive thing for the Obama campaign,” Pagliarulo said. “I think they’ve got to embrace this and say ‘Look, there are rumors out there.’ I talk to people every day, like Laura does. People really do believe … that he’s a Muslim. They believe he was sworn in on the Quran. They believe that his wife is unpatriotic and so is he.”

Conservative talk-show host and CNN contributor Bill Bennett said he understands why the Obama campaign is upset with the cover. “The New Yorker blew this,” he said. “It has a distinguished history and great writing. I read The New Yorker occasionally. But it was tasteless and stupid. The intellectuals missed it … and it backfired on them. If I were the Obama campaign, I would be furious at these people.”

But Democratic strategist and CNN contributor James Carville defended the magazine’s cover choice as satire in its “ultimate form.”

“I don’t know what the big deal is,” he said.


  1. Robin said,

    July 15, 2008 at 15:17

    Here’s a petition

    Before reacting SOLELY on the cover of the magazine, go to the current issue of The New Yorker and look at the articles they have about Obama (perhaps the entire magazine isn’t available on line-but here are the article titles: “Flip-Flop Flap All politicians aren’t alike”.by Hendrik Hertzberg” (derogatory), Making It
    How Chicago shaped Ryan Lizza” (15 pages long! Certainly not flattering!) “Obama’s Iraq Problem”by George Packer (another unflattering article)
    Here’s the link to the magazine

    Now try telling anyone with a brain in their head that the cover was “satirical”
    David Remnick! The cover was just the wrapping of an issue of the New Yorker taking a full on frontal assault on Obama, this cover being absolutely offensive-meant to attract ATTENTION aimed at the Islamophobes who just slurp up this sort of thing like nectar. The FEEBLE attempt to say it is satire is easily refuted by just reading the articles in the issue!

  2. July 15, 2008 at 18:32

    What exactly do you expect from such an American comic.

  3. Jolly Roger said,

    July 15, 2008 at 19:13

    The only thing scary about Obama is that this completely unknown politician has somehow developed a huge following without ever clearly stating his position on anything. Why would people vote for someone they know nothing about?
    I think people support him because he’s black, and they’re trying to prove they’re not “ignorant red-necks.”
    He’s a zionist puppet just like McCain, but people probably think he’ll be radically different because he’s black, which is equally as rascist as lynching him for being black. In either case it’s a false judgement based on skin color.
    Can we get a straight answer on the economy? How about the war?
    I guess we’ll just have to dwell on his skin color as if it were subject to change without notice.

  4. Bill said,

    July 15, 2008 at 19:30

    Awaiting the next New Yorker cover, how about McCain and Bush at an AA meeting, Cindy popping pills with McCain’s first wife in her wheelchair?
    Imagine the hilarity. . .

  5. robertsgt40 said,

    July 15, 2008 at 20:39

    A quick look at Wikipedia shows Remnick to be a secular Jew. What else is there to explain? He just has to answer to Baal

  6. Forest Ranger Bob said,

    July 15, 2008 at 20:50

    Jolly Roger, go dig your head in the dirt if you want to dwell on color. It is obvious from your comments you are, in fact, Mccain supporter.

    Obama is a strong politician, so strong he defeated the once-invincible Clinton brand. Whether hillary calls her henchmen on Obama so she can get the nonimination remains to be seen, but it still wouldn’t help her because people would look back at her RFK/june comments and wonder. The nasty rumor would spread, destroying her legacy even more than it already has been. We saw what the Clintons tried with that plane “incident” last Monday…or was it her handlers making sure Obama didn’t sway on FISA?

  7. Jolly Roger said,

    July 15, 2008 at 23:00

    Forest Ranger Bob, you’re an idiot, and you might want to read my posts a bit more slowly before you comment on them, because you’re exposing your reading comprehension deficiencies in your response.
    As far as Obama defeating Hillary is concerned, it’s not such a feat when you consider that most of the country would rather see her hanging from a tree than vote for her.
    And to assume that I’m a McCain supporter based on my post tells me you don’t have the slightest clue regarding what’s going on in this world.
    A strong politician? A strong dung shoveler would be more accurate. Are you going to tell me about “hope and change” next or do you actually have some idea pertaining to his plans for our economic future? Didn’t he already change his vague position on the war once? I guess it wasn’t vague enough.
    You’re exactly the type of fool I was referring to — and Obama supporter who has no idea why he supports the man.

  8. Jolly Roger said,

    July 15, 2008 at 23:02

    Are you trying to show everyone how “liberal and progressive” you are by supporting a black man, or do you actually have a reason why you thnk he would be a good president?

  9. Tom said,

    July 15, 2008 at 23:21

    I think it would be funny, were it not for the fact that these rumors are based on real observations. They’re not just wild accusations, but details people have noted about Barack Obama and which need to be explained. That’s why it’s in bad taste to joke about it. First people need to know that there’s no truth behind it all, and we don’t yet have that assurance.

  10. goldberg said,

    July 16, 2008 at 00:38


  11. annemarie said,

    July 16, 2008 at 01:42

    Obama Schmama. McCain Insane. et al…All zio-nazi tools if you ask me. Don’t waste my time voting in rigged, corrupted, pointless [s]elections any more. Have far better things to do.

    Nevertheless, that cover is appallingly stupid. Crass. In all likelihood as crass as those who (try to) call it satirical. Not eves!

  12. July 16, 2008 at 03:23

    The only thing missing from the Obama New Yorker are the puppet strings with Zbigniew Brzezinski pulling the strings.

    Obama defeated the “clinton brand”? Yeah, in Obama’s dreams of his father.

  13. July 16, 2008 at 04:32

    I’m no Obama fan since I basically support Gore/Ron Paul, but that cover was garbage running on a stick.

    Seriously that was pathetically bad. Why did the New Yorker choose such a racist satire on obama anyway?

    Who are these far left/right Zionists that say Obama should just laugh it off? Laugh off what?
    The cover had NO TASTE, RACIST overtones, and COMPLETELY cast Obama in a sick osama bin laden light

    It implied that Obama supports the destruction of Israel by giving up on the war on terror. Naive, stupid, tasteless and racist.

    OBAMA should be ashamed for giving the cover so much attention though. They should have just withdrawn all their delegates from the NEW YORKER, and the other shills.

    OBAMA can gain alot more votes by being a man of the people and not of political lobbies. I know that the job is very TOUGH. But if Obama just uses it as a platform to get elected and DOES NOT kowtow to zionist extremists, the world will be a lot better off.

    I think Al Gore and Obama should run the same ticket as they’d bring change.

  14. July 16, 2008 at 16:04

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  15. Mag` said,

    July 16, 2008 at 19:45

    Ah well….it is right out of that Classic called The Protocols of Zion. Another famously clever publication…almost as big as the NYT.

    Here’s what you do….

    1. You do “something”
    2. You say “I didn’t do it”
    3. It’s win win really.

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