New Yorker magazine hits the newsstands today with a shocking cover -- a caricature of Barack and Michelle Obama depicting the presidential candidate in a turban, fist-bumping his wife who has a machine gun slung over her shoulder, while the American flag burns in the fireplace. The cover is shocking in that it depicts the Obamas in bizarre, caricatured images and associations that reflect the very stereotypes with which the conservatives, particularly Fox News, have been trying to frame both the Obamas. Thus, instead of satire, the cover becomes a political poster for conservatives to reinforce their messages. They may not be able to increase the number of Americans who think Obama is a Muslim to anything close to a tipping point. Or it may be that Obama, with his message of hope, his ability to communicate effectively, or even his controversy about the church he has attended for decades, may have inoculated him from having this piece of fiction become fact in people's minds.Howie P.S.: As Randi Rhodes pointed out today, the New Yorker flap has destroyed any chance that people might be reading or talking about Obama's serious op-ed about Iraq in today's New York Times.