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.


  1. I don’t think this cover is that big a deal. How come no one got worked up over all the satirical pictures of President Bush portrayed in all sorts of unflattering ways over the years? Barrack is running for president. He is a good man. We know that. How many people will really be influenced by this? Why is it fair when directed at one politician and not another one?

  2. Hi Peter, Ralph says we should talk. I would like to do this some time. The best time to reach me is at home before 9pm (MST) 505-722-4383 or Hope to hera from you sometime. The Power of WithThe other day, I was in the community paying a bill when the manager of the business asked me for clarification on something I always say to him when talking about my work. He asked what I meant when I say; “people I work with”. He said I always say “with” instead of “for” when I talk about where I work and asked if the people I talk about are co-workers or what. I explained the term “with” comes from conclusions I have made about how much our society is influenced by a “power over” way of thinking. This top down decision-making process influences how we interact with each other and contributes to decisions we make everyday. I also think this power over mentality is so ingrained into our lifestyles we don’t even notice how destructive it is to a democratic society and the public good.Power over influences everything we do (unless we work in a self-managed business, consumer or worker cooperative) at home. We have grown up with this and don’t know any different – it’s in our churches, schools, corporations, media broadcasts, athletics, workplaces, clinics, hospitals, local/state/federal governments, everything and everywhere.As we talked, I realized that much of this understanding has come from providing personal care for people with disabilities. In this realm, to be an effective advocate and/or care provider I have had to re-examine what works and what doesn’t. Some times my vocabulary creates obstacles I must overcome. Words can cut like a knife. Words can build trust or tear it down. Here are a few examples:Power over – divides and conquers.Power with – nurtures and heals.Power over – the decision-making is a top down hierarchy. Power with – the decision-making is linear and across the board. Power over – divides people and makes them compete. Power with – empowers people and connects them to each other.Power over – separates people and isolates them.Power with – includes people and values their being.Power over – exploits and takes advantage.Power with – builds trust and fosters hope. Power over – respect is given.Power with – respect is earned.Power over – is totalitarian.Power with – is democratic.Power over – doesn’t take responsibility – passes the buck and blames it on others.Power with – is reciprocal and takes responsibility for ones actions.Power over – manipulates the truth.Power with – is truth.Power over – fosters control of the work place and society.Power with – fosters leadership within the work place and communication within society.Power over – tells people what to do.Power with – asks people what they want.Power over – takes away peoples choices after their mistake.Power with – gives people a chance to learn by their mistake.Power over – tells people what to say.Power with – listens, hears and cares what people have to say.Power over – takes power from people through deceit and intimidation.Power with – gives people power through openness and honesty.Power over – relies on false promises, empty words and innuendo.Power with – relies on truth and the power within.We are all in this world together and together we can work out many of today’s problems by becoming less selfish and more open to ways of thinking and living. The power of with begins with you, your family, and friends. If you think it won’t work – you are right. But if you are willing to give it a try – it’s a start. You have to start something before you can finish it and it all begins with you! It will be 32 years on December 31st at 4 am when I joined the club. Will my membership ever expire or enable me same day to get discounts at my favorite resturant?


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