Sunday, July 13, 2008


Disappeared humor? Is the New Yorker cover an Obama joke or a reality check?

by Larry Geller

NYorker Cover

Is the current New Yorker cover “tasteless and offensive?” or political satire? Reaction has been bouncing all over the net.

Click on the pic for the New Yorker table of contents and links to some Obama articles (hint: if you’d like to read the A-Rod/Madonna story instead and get a link error, edit their URL from McGrath at the end to mcgrath and then it works).

For all things Obama I have recently come to rely on Sam Smith’s commentary in his Undernews blog. His article today discusses the New Yorker cover controversy (snippet):

Rachel Sklar in the Huffington Post wrote: "Presumably the New Yorker readership is sophisticated enough to get the joke, but still: this is going to upset a lot of people, probably for the same reason it's going to delight a lot of other people, namely those on the right."

It is for such reasons that the liberal elite contains some of the most boring people on earth. If they can't even get the point of a New Yorker cover, how can they possibly deal with more complex matters?

Along the way Smith visits the late night TV humorists, HL Mencken, Walt Whitman, and more. Click on the earlier link for his comments on McCain and the public perception of both of the candidates.

On the blog side panel are convenient ways to sign up for Undernews in your email box whenever it is updated, or, of course, you can pop the RSS link into your newsreader.

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