'It's a joke' | Arkansas Blog

Monday, July 21, 2008

'It's a joke'

Posted By on Mon, Jul 21, 2008 at 6:08 AM

The Obama cartoon, writes Brummett.

For goodness sake, it's a joke about the laughable pervasiveness of ignorance and absurd rumor. The illustration doesn't ridicule the Obamas, but our own fear and foolishness.

There is not one subscriber to that magazine - and there aren't that many in the first place - who fails to get it.

It's as if someone had taken all the crazed rumors about Bill Clinton - that he'd had people murdered in Arkansas, that he'd run drugs through the Mena Airport - and put them into a cartoon cover to spoof them, maybe with Clinton's bulbous, oversized nose taking an illegal narcotic hit.

Brummett's passage reminds me of cover illustration of just this sort on a variety of conservative political publications in the Clinton years, with the American Spectator leading the way.


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