I have finally been liberated from the land of alleged spammers (thank you, lb) but I still can’t post images. Perhaps it’s better that I am not able to reproduce here this week’s New Yorker cover art. It is supposed to be art, supposed to ridicule the right-wing’s attempt to frame the presumptive Democratic nominee and his wife as terrorists who secretly hate our country. I don’t exactly know where to begin a discussion of this image. I knew the campaign was going to turn ugly at some point; I guess I knew the secret Muslim-proto-terrorist-racism stuff was going to be the wedge that proved most effective against Obama, who is the most skilled Democratic politician the right-wing has had to deal with since (and perhaps even excluding) Bill Clinton. Obama, after all, doesn’t seem to have a skirt-chasing problem. But he is, after all, BLACK! And his father was AFRICAN!!! and a MUSLIM!!!! So that’s all they got. And this is what they’re doing with it. So I suppose it just sickens me that a publication I was thinking I ought to be reading regularly would permit itself to be the vehicle for this racist, offensive trash.
Is the media lost to the dark side? Is this the price we pay for an absolutist First Amendment?