New Yorker Editor Likens Obama Cover to Colbert
David Remnick compares controversial cover to Stephen Colbert's satirical right-wing persona
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 7/14/2008 1:11:00 PM
The reference was to the host of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report, the news satire that has Colbert parodying a Bill O'Reilly-type cable "news and comment" show.
Remnick was explaining the thinking behind the cover, which depicted Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) as a Muslim in turban and traditional dress and his wife in an Angela Davis-invoking pose with an afro and an Uzi. Then, there is the picture of Osama bin-Laden on the wall and the American flag burning in the Oval Office fireplace.
That cover drew strong criticism from the Obama campaign, among others.
Remnick pointed out it was a satire of the "lies" being told about Obama and that, while some people would be offended, good satire had a bite, adding that if the media could only publish the joke that everyone gets, there wouldn't be any Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert, the latter of which, he pointed out, got to criticize right-wing pundits by playing one on TV.
Remnick also made the comparison in an interview posted at The Huffington Post, saying, "I bet there are people who watch Stephen Colbert and think he's a conservative commentator, or maybe they did at first … a lot of people when they first saw Colbert said, ‘What is this?’ What he was doing was turning things on [their] head."
Mary Jo - 7/23/2008 8:51:00 AM EDT
Check this angle out, re: NYer:
AJ Liebling - 7/15/2008 3:04:00 PM EDT
OMG, could you people be a little more humorless please. The cover is funny and poignant. Obama has a whole website dedicated to disputing the ridiculous rumors being spread about him. All the New Yorker was doing was illustrating just how ridiculous they are. I cannot believe this is even a topic of discussion.
Erik - 7/15/2008 1:41:00 PM EDT
The Nazis demonized Jews by depicting them as rats and not human. The rest is history. Way to go New Yorker !!! No US citizen with a conscience and intelligence will ever look at the New Yorker as trustworthy dependable journalism again. Get bored with the other smut low-life trash tabloids? Pick a the New Yorker the new smut trash mag!!
ashley moore - 7/14/2008 11:11:00 PM EDT
will someone please check to see if Remnick was a large contributor to HILLARY CLINTON????
Anyone wanna take odds?
You might just have a story there.
This just FYI.
Adam Smith - 7/14/2008 7:07:00 PM EDT
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