Here is how David Remnick, the New Yorker editor who approved the cover illustration of 'scary' Barack and Michelle Obama in the Oval Office, defends the illustration:
“The cover takes a lot of distortions, lies, and misconceptions about the Obamas and puts a mirror up to them to show them for what they are.His explanation fails. It fails because it is impossible to amplify the smears and scare-tactics being used against the Obamas to the point of satire - you simply can't get more outrageous than what the right and the bigots are already saying about them. The image on the New Yorker is right in line with this image (via Pandagon):
“It’s a lot like the spirit of what Stephen Colbert does — by exaggerating and mocking something, he shows its absurdity, and that is what satire is all about,” Mr. Remnick continued.
You can't joke about race by being more over-the-top racist than the 'actual bigots' when there are still people being violently attacked because of their race. You can't successfully satirize sexism by portraying violence against women. And you can't satirize the hateful rhetoric being used against the Obamas by merely repeating it.
Yet, Remnick still insists that he shouldn't have put the edition's title "Politics of Fear" on the cover, saying "Satire doesn't run with subtitles." Mr. Remnick, with all due respect, when Stephen Colbert - who you hold-up as the example of how good satire is done - does The Word... what do you call that?
BTW... Here is Colbert's response:
Oh - and go read Kandee's thoughts on this cover... I've already told you twice, now - don't make me tell you again...