Vanity Fair Cartoonist Cribs from Seattle P-I's Anti-McCain Cartoon

Update below.

Vanity Fair magazine thought it amusing to have artist Tim Bower work up a mock magazine cover that lampoons the now-infamous satirical depiction of Sen. Barack Obama as a Muslim and his wife as a gun-slinging leftist radical (h/t Marc Ambinder). In Bower's cartoon, McCain clutches a walker while his wife waits with vials of prescription medicine. A George W. Bush portrait hangs above the fireplace in which the U.S. Constitution is ablaze. Hmm, sounds really familiar for some reason.

I'm not sure if its because leftists lack originality or Vanity Fair doesn't read West Coast publications, but the parody heavily cribs from Seattle Post-Intelligencer David Horsey's July 15 illustration.

Here are the illustrations side by side:

David Horsey, Seattle Post-Intelligencer | NewsBusters.org Tim Bower, Vanity Fair cartoon | NewsBusters.org

Update: Seattle P-I online reporter and blogger Mónica Guzmán has her take up at the P-I's Big Blog here.

Ken Shepherd
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