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Monday, July 14, 2008

Satire Misfire: New Yorker Cover Offends Everyone

Oddly enough, the New Yorker thinks this cover is pro-Obama. However, the Obama camp (as you would expect) as well as the McCain camp (the obligatory outrage) say they're offended.

According to the Swamp:

The cover of the new New Yorker magazine depicts a caricature of Sen. Barack Obama as Muslim, standing in the Oval Office with a flag burning in the fireplace and a painting of Osama bin Laden hanging on the wall. He gives a fist bump to his wife, Michelle Obama, who is pictured wearing military fatigues and an automatic rifle slung over her shoulder.

The New Yorker said the cover by Barry Blitt called "The Politics of Fear" is meant to satirize "the use of scare tactics and misinformation in the Presidential election to derail Barack Obama's campaign," according to a press release about the new magazine issue.

Obama's people beg to differ, saying:

"The New Yorker may think, as one of their staff explained to us, that their cover is a satirical lampoon of the caricature Senator 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."

In an unofficial poll, Chicago Tribune readers agreed that the cover was tasteless.

Also offended by the cover were Iran's President Ahmadinejad, President Bush, Hillary Clinton, and a bunch of monkeys.

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