This week's cover of the New Yorker, called "The Politics of Fear", may have caused some turmoil, but the message may have been misinterpreted.
"The cover takes a lot of distortions, lies, and misconceptions about the Obamas and puts a mirror up to them to show them for what they are," said the New Yorker's editor, David Remnick.
Bill Burton, an Obama spokesperson said that even though the cover was a satire, readers might see it as "tasteless" and "offensive". Meanwhile, Senator John McCain thought it was "inappropriate", reported AFP.
"These inflammatory images and spurious associations will only serve to reinforce the racism and anti-Muslim stereotypes that the magazine says it is out to challenge," said the Council on American Islamic Relations. (MORE)