Alternet: Right About Cartoon, Wrong About Film

By David Swanson

Alternet is exactly right about the damaging effect of the New Yorker cover depicting Obama as Osama, and does not excuse it because the New Yorker shouts “Satire!”

And at the same time, Alternet approves of John Cusack’s “War, Inc.”, presumably because it’s “satire” and because glorifying violence is so much a part of the air we breathe that Alternet doesn’t stop to even consider it. Yet, just as the New Yorker cover will be viewed as non-satirical by all sorts of racists and religious bigots, Cusack’s film will be viewed as pro-murder by all sorts of gun nuts and war supporters and racists and religious bigots.