To: David Remnick, Editor, New Yorker Magazine
Subject: Reader Feedback
Have you people completely lost your minds?
Or is Ann Coulter holding your editorial board hostage at gunpoint?
What in Allah's name prompted you to publish a politically obscene cartoon on your latest cover featuring Barack Obama and his wife in the ovoid office, she wearing terrorist garb, complete with AK-47, and he in a muslim "man-dress", doing a "terrorist fist-bump" while the American flag burns inthe fireplace? (And no, I'm NOT going to reproduce it here. Anyone who is morbidly curious enough to want to see it can find it easily enough by doing an internet search.)
In your magazine's news release introducing this issue you describe this cover "art" as "satiriz(ing) the use of scare tactics and misinformation in the presidential election to derail Barack Obama's campaign."
Begging your pardon sir, but by putting this utterly tasteless and offensive cartoon on news stands all over the country you are doing nothing but disseminating the same ignorant and perverse kind of stereotyping you would have us believe you decry. It is NOT clever. It is NOT cool. It is NOT smart. It is NOT funny. And it is NOT journalistically ethical.
This "cartoon" is so pathetically unsubtle it would make Thomas Nast blush, and so lacking in tastefulness it would make Harold Ross retch.
If you have ANY integrity (which, judging by this editorial decision, appears doubtful), you will pull every copy of this issue off newstands immediately, and hang your head in shame.
P.S. You can cancel my god-damned subscription.