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by Michael John Scott
The controversial cover is generating a lot of buzz as it likens former FBI director James Comey to somebody else who suffered a very controversial removal: United Airlines passenger David Dao, who was also dragged off the plane by airport security when he refused to give up his seat due to overbooking.
The cover for the May 22 edition shows Comey being dragged off a plane by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a police uniform, with President Trump as the pilot looking on, USA Today reports. “It’s probably a bit of a leap,” artist Barry Blitt says of his cover. At 6-foot-8, Blitt observes in brief comments to the New Yorker, Comey “probably would have been happy to give up his seat in a cramped cabin.”
Blitt has provided many New Yorker covers over the years, including the 2008 Obama fist bump one, and the “Ejected” cover is being praised as one of his finest.
Plenty of sketches came in, but Blitt “sent this one where, with an easy glide of his pen, he outlined the heart of the issue, giving voice to the outrage we feel on both sides of the aisle,” art director Francoise Mouly tells the Washington Post. Mouly calls the artwork an example of how “deep artists can go by embracing nonsense and illogic—a response on par with Trump’s actions.”
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