The New Yorker’s cover illustration of the Obamas wigs out the chattering classes. – By Jack Shafer – Slate Magazine
Sweet mercy me. The New Yorker has offended Barack Obama, John McCain, the New Republic, Jake Tapper, the Huffington Post, and the sensibilities of thousandsâ€”maybe millions!â€”of Americans.
The source of all of this injury is not daring exposÃ© or cutting criticism by a New Yorker writer but one of “them damned pictures”â€”to quote Boss Tweed of Tammany Hall, who bled pints every time he was poked by Thomas Nast’s pen. “I don’t care so much what the papers say about me,” Tweed said of Nast’s work. “My constituents can’t read. But, damn it, they can see pictures!”
If the New Yorker really wanted to insult Obama, they would just have reprinted the text of his disasterous speech on race. It, like this, is a good example of what a politically correct moral disaster the Obama campaign has become.