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The New Yorker magazine has created controversy with the publication of a cartoon cover that depicts the Democratic candidate and possible American president Barack Obama looking like Osama Bin Laden next to his wife Michelle Obama with a machine strapped to her back and looking very militant.

The New Yorker Magazine Cover ControversyThe cartoon on the cover of the July 21, 2008 edition of the New Yorker magazine is called "The Politics of Fear" and drawn by the illustrator Barry Blitt. One would expect conservative media to publish similar images, but the New Yorker is considered a liberal publication.

It is a cartoon and it is meant to be funny, but in a climate of fear, untruths, and outright lies a lot of people are not laughing. Damaging rumors have already been spread in the media about Barack Obama having Muslim connections, that he is unpatriotic, and that his wife Michelle is angry and bitter.

One could argue that many readers of the New Yorker magazine might see the humor in the cartoon which makes fun of right wing conservative media and the untruthful caricatures that they have presented Senator Obama as. But the New Yorker magazine cover will now be used by conservative media outlets like Fox News to propel the myths and stereotypes portrayed in the illustration.

Barack Obama's campaign spokesman Bill Burton said "The New Yorker may think, as one of their staff explained to us, that their cover is a satirical lampoon of the caricature Sen. Obama's right-wing critics have tried to create. But most readers will see it as tasteless and offensive. And we agree."

The editor of the New Yorker magazine David Remnick said the satirical cartoon cover "combines a number of fantastical images about the Obamas and shows them for the obvious distortions they are." The editor also said "The burning flag, the nationalist-radical and Islamic outfits, the fist-bump, the portrait on the wall - all of them echo one attack or another. Satire is part of what we do, and it is meant to bring things out into the open, to hold up a mirror to the absurd. And that's the spirit of this cover."

The New Yorker magazine is listed in American Magazines, National, New York & News Magazines

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