The New Yorker magazine just released its next cover today in advance of publication – and it is getting a buzz on Twitter and on the Internet.
It is a caricature of Attorney General Jeff Sessions dragging FBI Director James Comey off an airplane. It is called, “Ejected.”
It is obviously a reference to the firing of Comey while he was thousands of miles away from Washington meeting with FBI agents in California. When he learned he had been fired by watching himself on TV – after first thinking, it was a joke – Comey immediately flew back to Washington.
When he learned he had been fired by watching himself on TV – after first thinking, it was a joke – Comey immediately flew back to Washington.
The artist who created the cover, Barry Blitt, said in an announcement from The New Yorker: “It’s probably a bit of a leap. James Comey is six feet eight – he probably would have been happy to give up his seat in a cramped cabin.”
The photo also is a play on the negative press United Airlines recently received after it allowed a passenger with a paid-up ticket to be violently dragged off an airplane by police so they could give his seat to their employees who needed to get to another flight.
That brought United seriously bad public press, caused the stock price to drop and forced the CEO to testify before Congress. It has also led to policy changes throughout the airline industry to better accommodate passengers who are bumped off a flight when they have already paid for the ticket.
Trump so far has not been as flexible about his decision to suddenly fire Comey, at a time the FBI is in the middle of an investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
The New Yorker, which is owned by Conde Nast, has done a series of stories about Trump’s firing of Comey, which, like the illustration, isn’t likely to makeTrump happy.
That is just fine with most of the rest of America.