By: E&P Staff
If it was meant to be provocative — it succeeded. The cover of this week’s New Yorker features Baack Obama in Muslim garb, with his gun-toting Afro-ed wife, an American flag burning in the fireplace.
It has already drawn laughs — while being denounced by the Obama campaign, and by John McCain, and many Obama supporters.
The artists says it was merely meant to make fun of rightwing depictions of Obama and his wife.
Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton said in a statement: ?The New Yorker may think, as one of their staff explained to us, that their cover is a satirical lampoon of the caricature Senator Obama’s right-wing critics have tried to create. But most readers will see it as tasteless and offensive. And we agree.”
McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds commented to Politico.com: ?We completely agree with the Obama campaign, it?s tasteless and offensive.?
The issue goes on sale Monday but the cover image circulated on Sunday. Inside is a feature by Ryan Lizza about Obama?s early years in Chicago politics.
On Howard Kurtz’s CNN media program today, Clarence Page of the Chicago Tribune called it ?quite within the normal realms of journalism,? adding that ?it’s just lampooning all the crazy ignorance out there.?