Matt Purple

“The [Daily Show] producers should be careful when poking fun at Obama not to provide fuel for the right-wing slime machine. Poke fun at Obama all you want, but do it in a way that also reveals the Republicans' mendacity and hypocrisy,” wrote Joseph A. Palermo for The Huffington Post.

Palermo accused The Daily Show of playing into the “Republican line” and warned that the media had a responsibility not to help enable conservatives during the election.

“Yeah, that means you Jon Stewart,” he added.

The Obama campaign has generally refrained from commenting on media attacks, although a spokesperson did call the New Yorker cover “tasteless and offensive.”

Matt Purple

Matt Purple is an editorial intern with and is studying politics at Catholic University.