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Missing The Point

When some people are given lemons by life, they make lemonade. When the Obama campaign was given a bottle of Château Lafite Rothschild, they turned it into vinegar.

When a couple of leftwingers living in isolation on the “Redneck Riviera”, like the Pensacola Beach Blogger and myself can recognize something as an all too accurate portrayal of the media coverage of Obama, how do you explain the absurd reaction of the “important leftie bloggers” living in the Northeast and California.

Even the Canadians are wondering what’s going on in the CBC piece, Obama campaign says New Yorker cartoon goes too far.

Then you have incredibly stupid people wondering when the New Yorker is going to do a similar cover on McCain. The short answer is never – the media doesn’t spread negative rumors and innuendo about McCain. I must assume that these people rarely, if ever, have read the New Yorker and, for them, Mad magazine is the sine qua non of satire.

This is satire, not a joke. Satire does not always inspire a laugh: it is intended to cause discomfort for the target.  The target of the cover was the media, not Obama, and the fact that Obama and his supporters don’t understand that obvious point shows a definite lack of media skills on their part.  In case people haven’t noticed the media is screaming bloody murder about this, and it isn’t because they are supporting Obama, it’s because they know it is directed towards them.


1 John B. { 07.14.08 at 8:14 pm }

Hey, Bryan! What about a Modest Proposal for Solving the Problem of Too Many Poor Children? How would the media handle that, do you think?

2 Bryan { 07.14.08 at 8:23 pm }

John, I truly believe that most of these people don’t understand that Gulliver’s Travels is a biting political satire, and they surely would form a lynch mob over that essay.

They assume that to be effective it has to make people laugh, but there were several writers during the Soviet era who received free government vacations in the Far East for their work. Reading their work makes you wince, not laugh.

3 hipparchia { 07.14.08 at 8:52 pm }

satire is supposed to be scathing. if it’s also scathingly funny, then that’s just frosting on the cake.

nice little article about obama’s rise through the ranks of chicago politics inside that issue of the new yorker. something maybe the obama campaign would rather the rest of us didn’t read?

4 Bryan { 07.14.08 at 9:05 pm }

That’s just a compilation of things I was already aware of when I decided to go with Edwards. I told people he was a Chicago machine pol, but they were deluded by the kool-aid. You are right though, I doubt they want people noticing the article.

FISA broke the trance, and it isn’t coming back.

5 hipparchia { 07.14.08 at 9:28 pm }

i knew most of what was in the article, except for the redistricting. nice to have it all in one place, even if it does play down a lot of his moves [including the alice palmer stuff].

6 Kryten42 { 07.14.08 at 9:32 pm }

LadyMin told me a lot of that stuff about Obama. So, yeah, not much surprise.

And I agree with you about the ‘toon. 🙂 You know my sense of humor by now, I liked it! LOL

7 Bryan { 07.14.08 at 10:04 pm }

I thought it was a damning indictment of the media which could have been used effectively to forestall a lot of the crap that has flowed towards the Obamas, but they would rather be outraged than smart.

One solid interview built around the cover, and a whole lot of things would be defused.

8 Story of the Day { 07.15.08 at 1:18 am }

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