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Cartoons and controversy

In politics, a cartoon is never just a cartoon. So how do editors at the New Yorker decide when to push the envelope?

This week's New Yorker cover portraying Sen. Barack Obama and his wife Michelle as scheming terrorists caused a stir, and editor David Remnick paid a visit to Charlie Rose to give some perspective on the issue.

"The intention of this cover ... was to confront all the subterranean dark imaginings, lies, rumors, distortions about Obama, put them all in one image, and shine a harsh light on it," he said. "Satire is not always easy to take for a lot of people."

Even before the video was available online, commenters on Charlie Rose's site were perplexed by the story. Diane Hartley wrote, "If the New Yorker wanted to target political fear-mongers, why weren't people like Rush Limbaugh, O'Reilly and the like caricatured demonizing the Obamas?"


patrick said:

I thought the cover was great. Maybe it isn't laugh out loud funny, but it's very cutting. It's certainly sparked a lot of discussion, which is great, even if the coverage is mostly the "media covering itself" variety.

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