‘The New Yorker’ vs. the Obamas
I’ve written a number of times that one way to deal harshly with unfriendly media is to deny access: Issue no press credentials. Force them to stand with their noses to the window pane and regurgitate the same AP or Reuters stories that all the other cheapskate newspapers and magazines use. That the Obama campaign has denied access to The New Yorker is delicious.
I have 104 days to make up my mind, and I’m still not sure about Barack Obama or John McCain. Will this be yet another presidential election where I go into a voting booth holding my nose and pulling the lever for the LOC (Least Objectionable Candidate)?
One thing I’m sure of: David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker, and his cover artist, Barry Blitt, should be spanked and sent to bed without supper.
The New Yorker’s cover depiction of Barack Obama in the Oval Office as a mullah bumping knuckles with a terrorist Michelle Obama in an Angela Davis Afro and camo pants with an AK-47 on her shoulder, while an American flag burns in the fireplace and a portrait of Osama bin Laden looks down over the mantel piece, is appalling. [See illustration below.]
“Satire,” is what Remnick calls it.
I call it sabotage—totally over the top and out of bounds.
I have cancelled my subscription to The New Yorker and have demanded a cash refund on all undelivered issues.
A Catastrophe for the Obama Campaign
People believe what they want to believe, and this New Yorker—on newsstands all over the world—will confirm to non-New Yorker readers that the mainstream “Eastern Establishment” views the Obamas as Islamic terrorists.
My prediction is that, between now and Election Day, this image will be all over the Internet and YouTube, as well as on TV, posters, T-shirts, sweat shirts, lawn signs and anti-Obama fliers. In what promises to be a close race, this editorial mischief could tip the election to McCain just as the Swift Boat campaign—and John Kerry’s glacial response to it—went a long way to elect George W. Bush for a second term.