FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
The New Yorker magazine says it's satire. A lot of people think it's disgusting.
This week's cover portrays the Obamas as terrorists. Barack Obama is in the Oval Office dressed in traditional Muslim attire - sandals, robe and a turban. His wife Michelle appears with an Afro, dressed in camouflage, combat boots and carrying an assault rifle.
The couple is doing a fist bump, while an American flag is seen burning in the fire place and a picture of Osama bin Laden hangs on the wall.
Obama's campaign calls the cover illustration – which is titled "The Politics of Fear" – "tasteless and offensive”. John McCain's campaign agrees.
But the magazine calls it satire, saying the cover "combines a number of fantastical images about the Obamas and shows them for the obvious distortions they are." They add that satire is part of what they do and the cover is meant to bring things out into the open.
Some agree with the magazine, saying that it just pokes fun at all of the ignorance out there and generates discussion.
But the Huffington Post suggests this is the perfect image for anyone who's ever tried to paint Obama as a Muslim, his wife as an angry revolutionary or questioned their patriotism.
Here’s my question to you: What do you think of the cover of the New Yorker that shows Barack Obama in traditional Muslim attire and his wife Michelle with an Afro and assault rifle?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Circy from New Mexico writes:
What year is this? 1964, when civil rights workers were murdered in Mississippi? The people at New Yorker magazine need to look up the definition of satire. This cover is nothing but hate!
Brenda from Dallas, Texas writes:
Jack, The educated loyal reader of the New Yorker understands the satirical imagery of the Obama cover. Sadly, the uneducated and elderly that read, forward and believe the smear e-mails will take the cartoon as an illustration of truth and evidence to support their vote for McCain. The New Yorker will benefit from the publicity and sell more magazines. The New Yorker readers will enjoy a quick low-brow chuckle. Then John McCain will be elected the 44th President of the United States.
Mertis from Atlanta writes:
Jack, This is awful. Not funny at all... When can we expect the cover of John McCain in a wheelchair with Cindy pushing it? I mean fair is fair.
Good old-fashioned satire, through and through. How do I know this? Because people are fighting about it. The best satire inflames and enrages the viewer, then after they've blown a fuse they laugh in their sheer silliness. Seriously, everyone needs to get off their political high horses, have a beer, relax and laugh.
It was a bad choice on their part. A lot of this country isn't very open-minded or even well-read in politics and media. So they see this picture and take it for face value. I'm an Obama supporter, but I'm also for fair play, and this is not fair. They did it for shock appeal, and they knew what they were doing.
Paul from Virginia writes:
Move over, Fox News! You have just been out-Foxed by the New Yorker.
Someone at the New Yorker will either get fired or a raise.
The people who might believe those myths don't read The New Yorker, so not to worry. They're not interested in reading or New York.