July 22, 2008

The Fear Of Satire

Last week, both New and Old Media were abuzz with all things New Yorker. As a subscriber, I understood that it was satire and chuckled a bit. "The Politics of Fear" did a great job of communicating the picture being painted by some members of the media. In a show of solidarity, Vanity Fair submitted some satire of their own. From their blog today:

We here at Vanity Fair maintain a kind of affectionate rivalry with our downstairs neighbors at The New Yorker. We play softball every year, compete for some of the same stories, and share an elevator bank. (You can tell the ones who are headed to the 20th floor by their Brooklyn pallor and dog-eared paperbacks.)

And heaven knows we’ve published our share of scandalous images, on the cover and otherwise. So we’ve been watching the kerfuffle over last week’s New Yorker cover with a mixture of empathy and better-you-than-us relief.

We had our own presidential campaign cover in the works, which explored a different facet of the Politics of Fear, but we shelved it when The New Yorker’s became the “It Girl” of the blogosphere. Now, however, in a selfless act of solidarity with our downstairs neighbors here at the Condé Nast building, we’d like to share it with you. Confidentially, of course.

Hope you enjoyed that. Hope to see you tomorrow!

"Crime does not pay... as well as politics."
Alfred E. Newman


African Kelli said...

I love it. And I appreciate satire. You wouldn't believe the false things my parents have been "taught" about Obama in their Sunday School class in Texas. It is disgusting. They keep coming to me with "facts" and I keep pointing them back to his web site and others to show them that this New Yorker cover is NOT the truth.

John Spencer said...

I was a little dissapointed by Obama's response. I wanted him to come out and say, "Hey guys, it's satire. It's even pretty funny." I think it would have been a great time to laugh and to show people that liberals beleive in hope and do not have to have live according to fear.

As someone who has had way too many Obama conspiracy theories e-mailed to me, I thought the magazine cover was brilliant; and the fact that it got so many people talking suggests that it was effective.