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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

And Another Cover…

posted by on July 15 at 12:20 PM

This one from The Nation:


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Gary Kamiya at gets it:

Rush Limbaugh was right

The blogosphere's reaction to the New Yorker cover proves that the Bush era has killed a lot of liberals' sense of humor. And that's not funny.

By Gary Kamiya

July 15, 2008 | It's official: The Bush era has made liberals so terrified of right-wing smears it has caused them to completely lose their sense of humor.

Posted by umvue | July 15, 2008 12:25 PM

Did Obama just beat up an effete white man? It's only the start!

Posted by NapoleonXIV | July 15, 2008 12:34 PM


Posted by scott in chi-town | July 15, 2008 12:41 PM

I am puzzled about the choices we've been given for analyzing the Obama cartoon. Either one got the joke and called it satire, or didn't and took offense.

There's at least one more option, which I haven't heard voiced yet: that the Obama cartoon is bad, that it's low-quality satire. I got the joke but I didn't laugh because it wasn't funny. It's too broad to sting like the best wit can, and too clumsy to be immediately read as a lampoon of the right. It's not incisive, not clear and not good.

Posted by erostratus | July 15, 2008 12:44 PM

Isn't the Nation the one that published that cover first?

I mean, we're talking the magazine for America-hating neocons, right?

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 15, 2008 12:53 PM

@4, sorry, but you seem to have missed the memo repeatedly sent out the past 10 years. This is a black vs white, good vs evil, with us vs against us world these days with no room for grays and nuance.

Posted by wrong administration | July 15, 2008 12:55 PM

lol Gratuitious violence is always a win.

Posted by Sirkowski | July 15, 2008 12:55 PM

Jesus Christ it was a fucking joke, move along uptight white liberals.

I voted for Obama twice in Illinois and will vote for him in November, I care about the environment and smoke but should have to do it outside, but Obama supporters, environmentalist and anti-smokers are the most annoying, fun killing nazis I have ever encountered.

Posted by Bud Dickman | July 15, 2008 12:57 PM

Eros has it entirely correct. Hell, even the drawing itself is terrible. Simply awful.

What it pretty much comes down to is that The New Yorker can do better. And it is not a good idea to simply let them go ahead with something so sloppy and half-assed. Badly done satire becomes nothing more than a hokey image- one whose message gets murky and confusing.

New Yorker: at your disposal you have a practically limitless list of artists. You have aspiring new artists fresh from college and old veterans at your beck and call. You, like many other high pedigree establishments, can have your pick of the artistic and literary litters, and yet THIS is the final piece you chose to put on your cover? You couldn't even ask a genuinely good artist, or intelligent designer, to do this idea justice? To bring forth the scathing satire about the sheer idiocy of the ideas?

Shame on you New Yorker. Shame on you.

Posted by Johnny Liverwerst | July 15, 2008 12:59 PM

Erostratus: Thanks for articulating what I have been feeling but couldn't quite put my finger on. The cartoon is just not funny!

Posted by Suz | July 15, 2008 1:12 PM

Check out Georgetown University's rejected New Yorker covers:

Posted by MichaelPgh | July 15, 2008 1:13 PM

The comments in that link are why this article is so unfortunate for the Democrats. And they hurt to read. The grammar inside me wants to curl up and die. As does the morality, intelligence, and most things good.

Posted by Will in STL | July 15, 2008 1:25 PM

Yeah, it was simply unfunny, bad satire.

And I thought the hysteria over what wingers would think was ridiculous. What are they going to say, that the New Yorker (a liberal rag) agrees with them that the Obamas are terrorists? Pshaw.

Posted by keshmeshi | July 15, 2008 1:34 PM

We won't support ball-less NO-Bama and will re-defeat him in November!!

Posted by clintonsarmy | July 15, 2008 3:14 PM

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