Free Speech and the New Yorker cover

My opinion on the infamous Obama magazine cover on this week’s New Yorker? Outrage at first, then thoughts of the New Yorker still thinks it’s relevant? How quaint. And finally an appreciation for the satire of it (or the attempted satire). I have to admit, I didn’t like it, even if the cover is poking fun at those who would hold such false asssumptions about Obama.

But more importantly, it reminds me of the controversy last year over the Danish cartoonist whose work incited death threats and riots from those who would choose to stifle the free expression of ideas. If you believe in defending that right, then you have to defend the New Yorker.

More discussion at Romenesko.


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