independent progressive news magazine salon responds to the new yorker debacle, and i think i completely agree:
Rush Limbaugh was right: The blogosphere's reaction to the New Yorker cover proves that the Bush era has killed a lot of liberals' sense of humor. And that's not funny. - gary kimaya
a quote: "Such reactions are utterly political and deeply skeptical: They're based on the belief that journalism is all about power, that it must cater to the lowest common denominator, and that the critical and ironic thinking satire requires is an outmoded luxury."
slate also has a good piece:
The New Yorker's cover illustration of the Obamas wigs out the chattering classes. - jack shafer
"Calling on the press to protect the common man from the potential corruptions of satire is a strange, paternalistic assignment for any journalist to give his peers, but that appears to be what The New Yorker's detractors desire."