nyker.pngThe New Yorker magazine has featured on its cover a cartoon of Barack and Michelle Obama doing what FOX News has called a ‘terrorist fist jab’ in the White House, with a portrait of Osama Bin Laden looking on and a burning American flag in a nearby fireplace. Barack is dressed in what is apparently Muslim garb, and Michelle is carrying what various journalists/cartoon gun experts have identified as an AK-47.
Polis Summer School student, Doug Sarro reports.

I thought it was pretty obvious that this was a satire of the plethora of attempted smear jobs on Obama – you know, ‘Secret Muslim’, ‘Barack Hussein Obama’, and all that. But Obama and his campaign have decided to interpret this cartoon as an ‘offensive and tasteless’ attack on the Obamas.

Various commentators chimed in that, while it was fairly obvious to them that the cartoon was satirical, Obama needed to denounce the cartoon because there are so many simple, regular people folk out there who are just too stupid to understand what satire is.

For the benefit of these poor, unfortunate idiots, any cartoons intended to be satirical should be clearly labelled ‘This is Satire’, with diagrams explaining the concept of satire for all those legions of illiterate readers out there.

I know I might be going out on a limb here, but I believe that most people actually don’t like being treated like morons. I think that’s part of the reason the current US President is so unpopular, and I think it’s part of the reason so many people are turning away from traditional media, at least in North America.

It’s a shame that the politician who promised to change politics is now doing the same thing.

dougbarro.pngDoug Sarro is a POLIS Summer School Student from Toronto, Canada. He blogs at vutube.blogspot.com.



  1. Alexandra July 22, 2008 at 8:28 pm - Reply

    The reason I read The New Yorker is to be talked down to. That’s why its entertaining. But to some people, reading The New Yorker is a stigma of liberal elitism so its better is we just talk about the picture on the cover. Doing so shows that you are serious and engaged in politics, not like those satirist cartoonists who are ruining America.

    Jon Stewart is right, those bears are really controversial and provocative.

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