NEW YORK, NY – In a surprising reversal, the editor of The New Yorker admitted today he made a “serious error in judgment” by running this week’s controversial cover illustration of Senator Barack Obama and his wife dressed as Islamic terrorists.
Editor-in-Chief David Remnick issued a statement saying that he and his staff have “learned much” from the experience, and that they promise “never to make the same mistake again.”
“We apologize to Senator Obama, to his wife Michelle, and to his supporters for our reckless, tasteless, and offensive cover art,” Remnick wrote. “After consulting with the editors of many of our peer publications, as well as with members of Senator Obama’s staff, we now see the error of our ways. From now on, our cover illustrations will afford Senator Obama the same reverence and appreciation he receives from every other magazine in America.”
Remnick added that he hopes this week’s cover, which he called “a new testament to our good faith,” will “set the record straight” and “show America the real Barack Obama.”