As you know, the big political debate this past week has been swirling around The New Yorker Obama cover. The battle lines are drawn between those who defend it as satirical and those who label it as “tasteless and offensive.”
For me, this issue extends beyond presidential politics and raises new questions about how to define satire and its intended role in news reporting. More specifically, I ask: is it still satire if the person viewing or reading it doesn’t know it? Does satire require that it be labeled as such?