Sunday, July 13, 2008

The first commandment: thou shalt not complain about irony

Especially when the perpetrator is one of the most elite magazines in the country.(title link) The New Yorker is running this cover on their new edition:

Depicting Obama as a Muslim and his wife as an afro-ed black power militant with rifle.

Obama's campaign has gone ballistic:

"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," countered Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton. "But most readers will see it as tasteless and offensive. And we agree."

"This is as offensive a caricature as any magazine could publish," one high-profile Obama backer told ABC News, "and I suspect that other Obama supporters like me are also thinking about not subscribing to or buying a magazine that trafficks (sic) in such trash."

I'm glad that Bill Burton can psychicly divine what New Yorker readers will see as tasteless and offensive.

Can't support a magazine that traffics in such trash!

You know, liberal folks outside of touchy-feely land tend not to like it when they're accused of being....well, of being as close to racist as you can come without actually saying the word.....for liking a satirical cover on a very liberal magazine, one that's a foundation stone of the intellectual life of the United States.

And they tend to have longer memories than the typical crunchy flake.

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