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Magazine's 'satirical' Obama Cover Stirs Outrage

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Published on Jul 15, 2008

SelectPlusMagazine's 'satirical' Obama Cover Stirs OutrageMagazine's 'satirical' Obama Cover Stirs OutrageThe Associated PressA satirical New Yorker magazine cover cartoon depicting Barack Obama and his wife as flag-burning, fist-bumping radicals drew outrage from the Democratic presidential candidate's campaign as it appeared on newsstands Monday. (July 14)[Notes:ANCHOR VOICE] [Notes:Vid magazine cover]Barack Obama's campaign is calling it tasteless and offensive.It's a satirical New Yorker magazine cover showing Obama dressed as a Muslim ... his wife as a terrorist. [Notes:SOT Patrick Egan, Assistant Professor of Politics at New York University: "If this were on the cover of Time magazine or Newsweek, I would be more likely to think that this would be perpetuating false beliefs. "] The cover also shows an American flag burning in the fireplace ... and a picture of Osama bin Laden hangs on the wall. [Notes:Vid Obama at presser]When asked about the magazine ... Obama had nothing to say. [Notes:NATS "I have no response to that"] [Notes:VID NYC street]But some New York City resident did. [Notes:SOT Will Minton, New York resident: "I see it more playing into the stereotypes that have been established during the campaign than anything based on racial, but there is definitely going to be that interpretation out there."] [Notes:SOT Anthony Rutkiewicz, New York resident: "Like I said, I see some kind of racism here with that thing on his head and right now he's Christian, most of his people that are voting for him are Christians."][Notes:Vid McCain]And Obama's rival for the White House ... Republican John McCain ... Had this to say: [Notes:SOT John McCain: "totally inappropriate, and frankly I understand if Senator Obama and his supporters would find it offensive."][Notes:Vod shots New Yorker sign] Responding to the cover's criticism .... The New Yorker's editor. [Notes:SOT David Remnick, editor of "The New Yorker": "The intent of the cover is to satirise the vicious and racist attacks and rumours and misconceptions about the Obamas that have been floating around in the blogo-sphere and are reflected in public opinion polls."][Notes:Various vid Obama] The cartoon is not explained inside the magazine. But the issue does feature a 15-thousand-word story about Obama's political education and early years in Chicago. ___ ___, The Associated Press.(****END****) ANCHOR VOICE: Sandy Kozel-------------------------VIDEO PRODUCER: Nicole Grether------------------------------VIDEO SOURCE: AP--------------------------VIDEO APPROVAL: Donna Starddard------------------------------VIDEO RESTRICTIONS: none----------------------------------SCRIPT/WIRE SOURCE: BC-Obama-New Yorker, 5th Ld-Writethru,630------------------------------------

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