New Yorker cartoon sums up anti-elite national mood, angers many

New Yorker cartoon sums up anti-elite national mood, angers many
People look around an exhibit of cover art from the New Yorker Magazine at Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass., Friday, July 22, 2005. Shown, at center, is Rea Irvin's cover illustration for the New Yorker of Feb. 21, 1925. (AP Photo/Chitose Suzuki)

A cartoon released today is making a lot of waves on social media, and the furor seems to part mostly along anti-Trump and pro-Trump lines.

The “pilot” cartoon will appear in the New Yorker and depicts an angry mob on an airplane voting for a man to take over flight duties from the “smug pilots” who have lost touch with the “regular passengers.”

The artist posted it on Twitter with a message that seems to anticipate the controversy:

The clever analogy is an attempt to skewer the anti-elite mood in the country that rejects intellectualism, and in its more extreme manifestations, any “expert” at all.

Many on the right saw it as a thinly veiled swipe at the election and Trump supporters, and they did not appreciate it one bit:

It wasn’t all merely partisan entrenchment – some conservatives have noted that an overzealous desire to limit government and highlight biases in the mainstream media has pushed many to extremes. This has prompted some to begin calling this election season the beginning of the “post-truth” era in American politics where titillating “fake news” spreads far quicker than substantiated truth. Some on the right push back on this narrative, saying Democrats and those on the left destroyed honesty and integrity in politics decades ago. No doubt the debate will continue throughout President Trump’s tenure in the White House.

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