Gore: New Yorker cover ‘way too far over the top’
NBC’s Tom Brokaw asked former Vice President Al Gore about his view on the New Yorker cover art depicting Barack Obama and his wife as radicals.
BROKAW: What did you think of this cover on the New Yorker? Michelle and Senator Obama. David Remnick strongly defended it as satire because he says that’s how a lot of conservatives have characterized him. The report inside was extremely well researched and well reported about his political roots in Chicago.
GORE: That’s an interesting debate. Tipper and I were talking about it last night. I really love David Remnick and the New Yorker. Satire has an honored place in our dialogue. I thought it was way too far over the top. And freedom of the press, they can do what they want, but I thought it was way too far over the top myself. But when you’re dealing with humor in politics, a lot of us have had times when we, you know, you have to calibrate — I forget who it was who said a joke is the strangest thing. You have to be really careful.
This video is from NBC’s Meet the Press, broadcast July 20, 2008.