Sunday, July 13, 2008

No, It's Not Satire--it's a Smear

Well, this isn't even remotely funny:
The Obama campaign is condemning as “tasteless and offensive” a New Yorker magazine cover that depicts Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) in a turban, fist-bumping his gun-slinging wife.

An American flag burns in their fireplace.

The New Yorker says it's satire. It certainly will be candy for cable news.

The Obama campaign quickly condemned the rendering. Spokesman Bill Burton said in a statement: “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. But most readers will see it as tasteless and offensive. And we agree."

It's the kind of smear that falls flat. These are two people who, for lack of a better way to describe it, are far more representative of how real Americans live their lives than, I dunno...John and Cindy McCain? For starters, the Obamas can use computers and go to soccer games.

When do we get to see the cover with McCain, red-faced and enraged, with a cartoon bubble next to his mouth, calling Cindy a cunt as she pops pills in one of their seven homes and racks up $500,000 on the AMEX? Better yet, let's not see that. No one needs this kind of garbage. Plus, Michelle Obama's hair is fantastic--the depiction of her hair on this cover is the outrage of the week.


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