The New Yorker Caught Being Pretentious and Inflammatory? Quick, Everyone Act Surprised.

Okay, here’s a serious inquiry.  Why is everyone getting so up in arms about the cover of the New Yorker?  Yes, it’s inflamatory and yes, it’s gotten people talking.  But this is the New Yorker we’re talking about, not the New York Times or the Washington Post.  

The New Yorker is a magazine that caters almost exclusively to pretentious liberal asshats.  And I should know, I’m one of them.  It’s also known for its oh-so-witty satire and its high brow humor.

To be short, it’s a magazine for thinking people who know what satire is and can recognize it from twenty paces.  If someone were to take a poll, I’m sure the majority of readers of the New Yorker are voting for Barack Obama already.  This magazine cover was for them, not for the masses.

So when the media were the first to decry this obviously satirical portrait of the Obamas fist bumping by a burning American flag next to a portrait of Bin Laden in the Oval Office it begs the questions, are people getting upset for the sake of being upset?  All the pundits seem to be bringing up the argument that some people actually believe Obama to be a secret Muslim and that this magazine may solidify this image of him as such in their minds.

The argument that this is going to be T-shirt fodder for right wingers may be legitimate but does that mean peridocals have to watch their every step so as to not be offensive?  Obama’s camp should not have been so quick to cry foul.  It would have been interesting to see the public’s reaction if Obama were to view this as it was meant to be viewed– a farce upon a farce.

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~ by atypicalsnowman on July 16, 2008.

One Response to “The New Yorker Caught Being Pretentious and Inflammatory? Quick, Everyone Act Surprised.”

  1. […] your time wasn’t wasted. I’ll admit I always found the New Yorker entertaining but somewhat pretentious, and this only serves to reinforce my bias. As if a book cannot be approached with an open mind […]

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