. . . Tuesday July 15, 2008

Cover Story

There are really three key problems with the highly controversial New Yorker Obama cover. And none of those problems are directly connected to the folks at the New Yorker:

1. There are way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way too few Americans who could understand this as satire. Now it’s true that, prior to this controversy, few members of those who couldn’t get the joke actually get the New Yorker anyway. But more of them have seen it now.

By the way, to save space, I dramatically understated the above. My original draft had more than 200 million “ways”.

2. The television media will spend more time on this story, maybe 100X more time, than they will spend on, say, the recent killings in Afghanistan, the mortgage crisis (or even, for that matter, the comparatively more compelling Brett Favre/Green Bay fallout).

3. I am now officially part of the problem stated in #2 above. Every time I think I’m out, they pull me back in…

Way, way, way, way back in.


Concentration is important!