Monday, July 14, 2008

Context, Context, Context

Although many Barack Obama supporters—and Obama himself—have expressed outrage over the new cover of The New Yorker sporting a controversial cartoon by Barry Blitt titled “The Politics of Fear,” I think the piece works brilliantly as the satire it is (we are told) intended to be.

We’re the cartoon to have any other title, I’d probably side with those offended by it.

But if its intent is to mock extreme right-wing media types who desperately try to mischaracterize Obama and his wife as Muslim and/or Black Panther-style, flag-burning, America-hating radicals, I think it’s dead-on.

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