July 14, 2008

The Politics of Selling Magazines

It is utterly impossible for me to look at the new New Yorker magazine cover as doubly ironic: that is to say, as meant only to make fun of some of the silliy ideas floating around out there about Senator Obama. (That he is secretly Muslim, that he and his wife hate America, etc.)

And because I'm unable to entertain the idea that the pubishers of The New Yorker are anything but staunch Democrats, I find myself somewhat confused.

Certainly the The New Yorker may publish what it likes, because (1) this is America, and (2) Obama isn't a Muslim. (And Mohammed is not present in the caricutature. Also missing: dogs and pigs.)

So to the first question that crossed my mind last night, as I toggled back and forth between being offended myelf, ("they've crossed a line this time, and for no real good reason") and childish partisan glee ("this cannot hurt McCain"), the answer seems to be "yes." There is nothing about political figures in this country that are sacred; there is no taboo against doing what the New Yorker did, and therefore no reason to do it just for the hell of it, just to make a point about what speech is and is not permissible in this country.

So did the folks at The New Yorker do this simply to . . . sell magazines? Just to get those of us who rely for our news and opinion on this internet thingie to march down to a magazine stand and ask for a copy of the print version of their little rag?

Oh, yes. Hell, yes.

It isn't that "New York Money Men" don't like guys whose middle names are Hussein. It's that New York Money Men find that they have a strange desire for . . . well, money.


It's not yellow journalism! It's journalism that's been color-corrected for what used to be a blue-ish tint.

The Obamas burn a flag in the Oval Office under a picture of Osama bin Laden, while unwinding in their favorite leisure wear: Muslim garb, military-style fatigues, a 'fro for Michelle, and an AK-47. No scare tactics here

Captain Ed at Hot Air:

Obviously, the New Yorker wanted to go for satire, poking fun at what they see as the image of the Obamas among conservatives. Just as obviously, the editors of the New Yorker showed very poor judgment in approving this cover. A satirical cartoon on the inside would have been more appropriate, but having this on the cover shouldn’t just offend the Obamas, but also conservatives who have a number of substantial issues with Barack Obama.

This makes the third bigoted attack from the Left on Obama. Two weeks ago, it was Ralph Nader acting as the arbiter of black authenticity, and last week it was Jesse Jackson wanting to castrate Obama. One side in this cycle certainly seems obsessed by identity politics, but so far it isn’t the Republicans.

Update: “Third bigoted attack” was tongue in cheek, people. Get a clue. The New Yorker is attacking conservatives, but Obama’s the one taking offense (and for good reason). Obama warned that the Republicans would obsess over his ethnicity, but so far only the mainstream Left has made it an issue.

Posted by Attila Girl at July 14, 2008 04:45 AM | TrackBack

It looks accurate to me. I believe obama is a muslim and therefore the rest is accurate. I want to see his birth certificate.Not the phoney he posted on his website. ai believe he was born in Kenya.

Posted by: Don Reagan at July 14, 2008 07:31 AM

Ha! They may be trying to poke fun at the conservative image of Obama, but by illustrating it thus, they've gone a long way toward spreading that view.

Posted by: Desert Cat at July 14, 2008 08:28 AM

A multi-purpose demonstration of just how clever the Left thinks they are.

1.) How can we be seen as absolute supporters of Leftist candidates when we produce stuff like this?

2.) A continuation of the meme that's been running for about a month or so that ALL right-wing blogs/news organizations are spreading these lies non-stop. Corollary: BO was born free of original sin and has remained pure. There is no valid criticism of the Obama-Messiah.

3.) Inoculation. Sure, you are going to find out before November that there have been many revisions to the BO personal history. For example, the business with his birth certificate. I believe he was born in Hawaii, but the original shows that his parents weren't married legally. He did already have one wife--possibly two-- when he met BO's mom. Show me a State where polygamy is allowed. And we all know that even if you lie, the marriage would still be invalid and viewed as if it never took place. And a divorce would not be necessary. My guess is that they decided not to lie and not to bother. Either that, or you'll see they did lie because the marriage was surely invalid (he did have at least one additional wife by that time). Sure the 'birth certificate' that was shown on the Daily Kos is a lie. But that doesn't mean you'll find much when you capture the red herring.

4.) Misdirection. Concentrate on that Muslim stuff that wouldn't matter anyway because what child has a choice in the matter? Forget about tracing his Socialist roots/connections/recorded statements.

Posted by: Darrell at July 14, 2008 11:22 AM

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Posted by: Contacting Little Miss? at July 14, 2008 01:27 PM

I am a right wing "type", in that I don't march in lock step and agree with everything that Democrats demand but even simple old me saw the cover as satire. Does anyone recall "General Betrayus," now that was satire.

This controversy just shows how humorless leftist are, and how they demonize anything they don't understand. Right wing types are never just people they disagree with, they are evil people and the fit subject for any sort of vituperation and billingsgate they care to hurl. I'm sure they'll demand censorship and set up committees of vigilance to enforce good taste and outlaw insensitive "Hate Speech". In the old days it was lynch mobs and now its called peoples justice and they hold meetings in room 101. Good luck Winston Smith.

In defense of the left, The New Yorker hasn't published anything remotely funny in years, including their cartoons. Humor is of course subjective and leftist like bad parodies of Bill O'Reilly, Mr. Hanky and anything that mocks their opponents world view. (Although I hear many enjoyed Freakazoid, Animaniacs and Pinky and the Brain. Tragically they were too busy going to demonstrations to bring attention to issues they didn't care enough about to work at solving to save those fine programs or the WB for that matter.)

I suppose that Satire has become hopelessly connected to humor although I don't suppose "A Modest Proposal" by Jonathon Swift ever had them rolling in the aisles. Jonathon Swift by the way was an Anglo-Irish writer that they never read in college because he was dead, white and male.

Posted by: Eric Blair at July 14, 2008 01:34 PM

Ask a question once and get an answer. Ask the same question again and one questions the motive.

Seek the answer where you first posed the question.

(Hint: Three posts down...AQ)

Posted by: Darrell at July 14, 2008 01:53 PM

But Swift's "Modest Proposal" seemed to have a point. The New Yorker cover is suggesting that . . . people shouldn't make fun of Obama? It just seems odd. Unless what they are really making fun of is the aura of invincibility that surrounds him, or the sensemany people have that they aren't supposed to make fun of him at all.

Posted by: Attila Girl at July 14, 2008 02:54 PM

"...That The Obama is a Lightworker was adopted into the articles of ideology of each religion by acclamation: "He will lead the people out of the bondage of Capitalism and into the Pure Light of a new consciousness, where all things are held in common, where all sickness will be cured by caring doctors and compassionate public health service nurses. The Wealthy shall give to the poor, until there is no wealth. The artificial borders that separate the peoples of the Earth will be nullified, and the Earth herself will begin to heal. The waters shall recede, the sun shall smile on a green and fertile land."

Read it all--

Posted by: Darrell at July 14, 2008 04:11 PM

Eek. I've seen that quoted around the 'sphere, and I've been too squeaish to go to the source on it. Eek.

Posted by: Attila Girl at July 14, 2008 07:44 PM

Always trust the People's Cube. They've seen the Left and they laugh at it. Although I think they got it wrong about him being Ferengi--we all know 'Barack' is a Klingon name.

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Posted by: Darrell at July 14, 2008 08:41 PM

Nice Blog With Nice Thought.

Posted by: Jaren at July 14, 2008 10:01 PM

Satire you have to explain...well, it didn't work...

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