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'Tasteless and Offensive' New Yorker Cover Riles Obama Camp

By Perry Bacon Jr.
Sen. Barack Obama's campaign sharply rebuked the New Yorker magazine for its cover this week which displays Obama in a turban fist-bumping a gun-toting rendering of his wife in the magazine's attempt to mock right-wing Obama critics.

"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. But most readers will see it as tasteless and offensive. And we agree" said Obama spokesman Bill Burton in a statement.

In a press conference on Sunday afternoon, the candidate had refused to comment about it, saying "I have no response to that" when asked by a reporter in San Diego.

For more on this story, see Howard Kurtz's interview with New Yorker editor David Remnick in his Media Notes column today, and Nico Pitney's exchange with cartoonist Barry Blitt, who drew the cover. Huffington Post media columnist Rachel Sklar has more here.

By Web Politics Editor  |  July 14, 2008; 10:40 AM ET
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