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New Yorker Portrays Obamas As Terrorists

From an outraged Associated Press:

Magazine’s ‘satirical’ cover stirs controversy

This illustration provided by The New Yorker magazine, the cover ...

WASHINGTON – Barack Obama’s campaign says a satirical New Yorker magazine cover showing the Democratic presidential candidate dressed as a Muslim and his wife as a terrorist is "tasteless and offensive."

The illustration on the issue that hits newsstands Monday, titled "The Politics of Fear" and drawn by Barry Blitt, depicts Barack Obama wearing traditional Muslim garb — sandals, robe and turban — and his wife, Michelle — dressed in camouflage, combat boots and an assault rifle strapped over her shoulder — standing in the Oval Office.

The couple is doing a fist tap in front of a fireplace in which an American flag is burning. Over the mantle hangs a portrait of Osama bin Laden.

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

In a statement Monday, the magazine said the cover "combines a number of fantastical images about the Obamas and shows them for the obvious distortions they are."

"The burning flag, the nationalist-radical and Islamic outfits, the fist-bump, the portrait on the wall? All of them echo one attack or another. Satire is part of what we do, and it is meant to bring things out into the open, to hold up a mirror to prejudice, the hateful, and the absurd. And that’s the spirit of this cover," the New Yorker statement said…

Republican John McCain’s campaign spokesman, Tucker Bonds, agreed that the cover was "tasteless and offensive."

Something tells us the Associated Press missed the New York’s (not very) subtle point.

But any excuse for righteous anger.

The burning flag, the nationalist-radical and Islamic outfits, the fist-bump, the portrait on the wall? All of them echo one attack or another.

You see, it was all a lie that Obama’s close associated Reverend Wright and Bill Ayers are anti-American.

It’s a slanderous myth that Obama’s associates and even his church have promoted terrorists and terrorist causes.

And of course Mr. Obama never wore an Islamic outfit. Nor did he and Michele ever do a "fist bump." Nor has his campaign been endorsed by Hamas and other terrorists.

These were fantasies dreamt up by lunatic rightwingers.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, July 14th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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