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The New Yorker Obama Cover – Was it the Right Thing to Do? July 15, 2008

Posted by mk in Uncategorized.

Satire – the use of irony, sarcasm, ridicule, or the like, in exposing, denouncing, or deriding vice, folly, etc.

There is a lot of hullabaloo over the cover of The New Yorker this week.  Barack Obama as a Muslim, Michelle Obama with a machine gun dressed in camo, the American Flag burning, and my favorite the terrorist fists.

I personally am not that offended by this obviously satirical piece.  BUT, how many people saw this cover with little explanation of the satire and thought that this was a true representation of Barack Obama?  How many people just don’t know enough to realize it is a joke?

We are in a tight race as is.  Was this enough to get those undecided voters to think that they should not definitely vote for McCain?

I think that despite the intent, this might have hurt more than it helped.



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