Monday, July 14, 2008
The national topic of the day -the infamous New Yorker cover
I think that before anyone is allowed to become a political activist they should be required to take a basic lit class and learn about satire and irony. Their heart conditions might benefit.
It's not an attack on Obama. It's a comment on the ridiculous nature of some of the attacks on him.
The New Yorker caters to a semi-elite literate crowd. Everybody else will only see it in light of the hysteria and the media coverage. It will convince nobody that Obama is a Muslim terrorist, nor that Michelle Obama is a closet Angela Davis. The crowd who believe they are radicals, don't read the New Yorker.
Addendum: Obama was on Larry King tonight and they discussed the New Yorker cover.
KING: But I've heard a lot of others comment on it. We haven't heard you speak about it yet. That "New Yorker" cover which depicts you and your wife, and you dressed in a Muslim outfit, your wife in a kind of military outfit, Osama bin Laden's picture burning, what do you make of that?Personally, I doubt it. But overall, a very grown-up response.
SEN. BARACK OBAMA (D-IL), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Well, I know it was The New Yorker's attempt at satire. I don't think they were entirely successful with it. But you know what? It's a cartoon, Larry, and that's why we've got the First Amendment.
And I think the American people are probably spending a little more time worrying about what's happening with the banking system and the housing market, and what's happening in Iraq and Afghanistan, than a cartoon.
So I haven't spent a lot of time thinking about it.
KING: But didn't it personally sting you?
OBAMA: No. You know, we've -- one of the things when you're running for president for almost two years is, you get a pretty thick skin.
And, you know, I've seen and heard worse.
I do think that, you know, in attempting to satirize something, they probably fueled some misconceptions about me instead.
Any excuse to attack the liberal elite.
At any rate they should have known that it would be inflamitory... Oh, they did? and thats why they did it?...
I still don't approve.
In Minnesota, Ventura may actually save Franken's ass.
This seems to be the election season for political correctness - Welcome to the Age of Sensitivity.
12% of americans believe that obama was sworn in to congress on a koran!
39% of americans think that obama was once muslim.
im trying to figure out whether its the media's fault, or if many americans are simply gullible and will take everything rush limpaw says as fact.
Look, I agree that it's over the top. But anybody dumb enough to be led astray by the cover is easy meat for the grinder anyway.
It was Senator Keith Ellison that was sworn in on a Qu'ran - Thomas Jefferson's Qu'ran to be exact! If it was good enough for Jefferson's library, then it's good enough for the Library of Congress.
I tired of politics being infused with topics that are more or less irrelevant to politics. Leave your discussions of religion and blow-jobs at home. For that reason, I don't think the New Yorker should have even bothered with the front cover. But then again, I haven't even read the article.
I don't think the New Yorker cover will be used that way, but the rumors-turned-fact certainly are used that way among the average conservative Joe (that he's a Muslim, that he hates white people, that he isn't patriotic, etc.). Mistrust of Obama, fear that he will be the downfall of the country) is built this way among these ordinary people who vote, and no matter how vanilla, bumbling and presidentially unlikely McCain gets, Obama scares them and they feed their own fear with these rumors.
I know this because I have relatives who send me their conservative spam. There are intelligent people who never bother to question this damaging "information."
The New Yorker has nothing in common with any of those other periodicals. Totally different animal. You would know that if you'd ever actually read it.
Further, I would hazard a guess that New Yorker readers were already aware of the stupidity of such rumors. I haven't read the article by the way, but I have to wonder if its purpose is to alert us to the stupidity of said rumors. Seems redundant.
It does go to the issue of temperament.
I would imagine that Fox is loving it.
Disgrace the White House? disgrace this country? that guy is still in the White House. Worst and most dangerous president in our history. I don't know if we'll ever recover. And my barber bet me $100 McCain will win. It's unbelievable to think America would do this AGAIN!!
email from Ireland to the brethren in the States...a point to ponder despite your political affiliation:
'We, in Ireland , can't figure out why people are even bothering to hold an election in the United States .
On one side, you have a pants wearing lawyer, married to a lawyer who can't keep his pants on, who just lost a long and heated primary against a lawyer who goes to the wrong church who is married to yet another lawyer who doesn't even like the country her husband wants to run.
Now...On the other side, you have a nice old war hero whose name starts with the appropriate Mc terminology, married to a good looking younger woman who owns a beer distributorship.
What in Lords name are ye lads thinking over there in the colonies??
the sean hannity show, TODAY told its listeners that obama was muslim before joining the christian church.
lies need to be challenged. dont let rascist relatives and friends get away with lies!!!!
I read it. Lots of people read it.
I'm off to bed to read the Obama article in the New Yorker. But then you don't believe me. Just pretend I'm off to watch MASH reruns on TV.
For those of you who only read the cartoons or don't read it at all, check it out. The articles are wide ranging covering very diverse topics. I'll look at an article, saying to myself, this doesn't interest me, and then I'll get totally sucked in.
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