One of two things is true. New Yorker editor David Remnick knew the impact this weeks disgraceful New Yorker cover would have or the poor fellow is suffering from a cognitive disorder so severe it’s time he got some treatment and resigned.
I am inclined to believe the former of the two possibilities. In 2004, for the first time in its 80 year history, the New Yorker endorsed a presidential candidate. Now, it has an illustration on the cover showing presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama dressed in full Muslim garb, his wife, Michelle Obama, dressed in camouflage with an assault weapon. And both are standing in the Oval Office, doing a fist bump in front of a fireplace in which an American flag is burning and over which hangs a picture of Osama Bin Laden.
As the Washington Post’s former Moscow correspondent and the author of two books on Russia and the Soviet Union, Remnick’s claim that he had no idea there would be a negative reaction to the cover is, as far as I’m concerned, a flat out lie.
Remnick knows all too well the impact of propaganda. He knew perfectly well the impact the cover would have. That makes it clear to me the cover was published to have the exact destructive impact it’s having. It is a cover that feeds hatred and bigotry, period.
Remnick should apologize. Moreover, he should resign or be sent packing.