I'm sure McCain's time will come, especially after this *****storm they're getting over the "inequality" of this cover.Of course not, but they could at least be even handed if they are going to play into tired, easily misunderstood tropes or images. How about a split cover that equally *satirizes* Obama and McCain? That would be more fair and pose less risk of playing into the very same stereotypes they saw fit to discuss in text in the article about the Obamas.
I don't necessarily agree or disagree with this point, but suppose you're correct-- is it the New Yorker's job to print only what will help? They're the press, they aren't supposed to side with a political party. They can't play nice with people just because they could be argued to be the underdog, and certainly not with a possible underdog presidential candidate.
I guess I can understand why people don't like it, but I still just think it's hilarious. It is in no way making fun of the Obamas, it's so obviously making fun of the wild and ludicrous criticisms and misappropriations of their ethnic diversity that his opposition keeps throwing out there (and by opposition, I don't just mean the opposing candidate, but anyone who doesn't like him). This cover is saying, "Yeah, ok, his name is weird, so he's a Muslim terrorist who hates America, sure he is. His wife is clearly a militant Black Panther member who wants to kill whitey, see her afro? Obviously they're the devil. Sure. Ok."
It's FUNNY. And, also, a little depressing. There are morons out there who actually BELIEVE this **** about the Obamas, either because they're too uneducated or too focused on the fact that he's not Bush's bestest buddy ever, to realize how stupid it is.