The cover is entitled "The Politics of Fear" and it became available in the US today.
Notice the picture/painting of Osama bin Laden on the wall and the burning flag in the fireplace of what is supposed to be the Oval office. All of which is centered around that Black conspiritorial fist-bump.
Is all of this funny? Obama campaign spokesperson, Bill Burton, does not think so. Burton said that:
"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."Senator McCain does not find the cover funny. He called it "totally inappropriate and frankly I understand if Senator Obama and his supporters would find it offensive."
The New Yorker does not understand why there is so much fuss over the cover. David Remnick, the editor, said the cover "combines a number of fantastical images about the Obamas and shows them (the images) for the obvious distortions they are."
What do you think? Is this satire or smear? Should folks lighten up and see the "fanstastical distortions" intended by The New Yorker?
I can see why the Obama people are touchy and even offended. Do they have a point?