July 14th, 2008
09:30 AM ET
6 years ago

Obama camp calls New Yorker cover 'tasteless and offensive'

The New Yorker magazine says its latest cover is just satire.
The New Yorker magazine says its latest cover is just satire.

(CNN) – Barack Obama's campaign has sharply criticized The New Yorker magazine over the publication's latest cover illustration that appears to portray the Illinois senator and his wife, Michelle, as terrorist enemies of the United States.

Specifically, the cover, published Sunday, shows Obama in the Oval Office dressed in traditional Muslim attire and Michelle with an "Afro" hairstyle carrying a machine gun. An American flag can also be seen burning in the fire place and a picture of Osama bin Laden hangs on the wall.

Watch: Journalists debate the New Yorker Cover

"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," Obama spokesman Bill Burton said in a statement.

"But most readers will see it as tasteless and offensive. And we agree."

John McCain campaign spokesman Tucker Bounds said he agreed with Burton's sentiment.

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Obama himself refused to comment on the illustration Sunday.

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soundoff (306 Responses)
  1. Kim, Dallas, TX

    Wow, some people will stop at nothing. This is really very tasteless, just like the comment that cigarettes could kill the Iranians. I am really very unimpressed with right wing tactics. I'm not saying Obama is perfect, but swaying public opinion and justifying hate is really low for any publication. I am beyond amazed.

    July 14, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  2. Billion

    they'll do whatever they can to bring him down .. right wing idiots have to bring out fear rather then change and hope to this country .. and under McLame fear will always be instilled. We NEED change and hope in this country .. in the worst economic state, the world is hating .. McFool will just keep things the way they are.

    Obama is the man, we need him to get things done .. improve quality of life.

    Obama 08. no doubt!

    July 14, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  3. HC

    Burning the american flag in the oval office? Come on, isn't here anything alse they could be inspired by? Only the mere idea of it is not acceptable. They don't know that it's against the law to do that? Now there even picturing it on their cover as a "satire/joke"? The New Yorker should be prosecuted for offending the USA and its citizens & instigating terrorism.

    July 14, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  4. Give me a break

    Reading is fundamental. Obama is always getting heat from americans who do not read or are not exposed to people outside the hicks and are scared of a black president. McShame and Cindy do not get any of this type of offensive media. WHY? Historically, there is NO Reason for the fear for a black person in the oval office. Blacks do not have a history of scarying, lynching, killing, etc americans only being legally victimized by america.

    Also Johnboy- Obama has not spent 1/2 of his life outside of the USA. READ READ READ. Do not read just one article. Read many to compare. FYI -Hawaii is a state of the US.

    July 14, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  5. B

    I actually buy the New Yorkers explanation. I think they should have toned it down just a little. Outraged? Not me, but I am a little disappointed. I still plan to read the article.

    July 14, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  6. Independent-woman-4-Obama

    SHAME ON THE NEW YORKER! AND SHAME ON THE NEW YORK TIMES........ THEY HAVE LOST OUR SUPPORT!!!

    All you have to do is read the comments by "JohnBoy" and "Obamaoverload" to see how prejudice people are! Sen. Obama is having to defend his patriotism and his citizenship....... and the New Yorker gives ammunition to the hate-and-fear mongers! Shame!

    A Jewish candidate would not be treated like this! A gay man would not be treated like this....... why is it okay to portrait an African American like this???????

    I am disgusted! I have often suspected that the "powers-that-be" do not want an Obama presidency.

    Also, OBAMA WOULD BE FURTHER UP IN THE POLLS, BUT...... ITS THE KIND OF FEAR-AND-HATE- MONGERING THE LIKES OF THE NEW YORKER THAT KEEPS PEOPLE FROM ....... SEEING....... A GOOD MAN!

    NEW YORK TIMES....... YOU ARE OUT OF OUR HOME!

    July 14, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
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