That's Not Funny!

The flap over the New Yorker's Obama cover shows why our body politic needs to lighten up

Atlas Press

Cover of the New Yorker from July 21, 2008.

George Carlin died just when we needed him. The comedian made a career out of saying the things you were not supposed to say: on TV, in polite company, in the political arena. Now, the summer he left us, politicians and their followers are on a taking-offense offensive, adding more by the day--earnestly or with calculation--to the list of forbidden humor.

The most glaring recent example was the New Yorker cover that satirized the smears against Barack Obama and his wife. In a Dagwood sandwich of stereotypes, cartoonist Barry Blitt drew Barack (dressed in a turban) and Michelle (with an Angela...

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