Some readers found the September cover, and the related images within James Fallows’s story previewing the presidential debates (“Slugfest”), to be distasteful.
What happened to The Atlantic, an American voice of reason? In a very insightful analysis by James Fallows of past debates of Mitt Romney and President Obama, the pages were polluted by moronic simulated images of the presidential candidates physically beating each other. This presentation not only accepts the Tea Party’s approach of “no compromise” and “fight to the death”; it adds nothing to the political debate, and wastes paper and ink.
Kittery Point, Maine
The photographs accompanying James Fallows’s article are demeaning to the office of president of the United States. They are demeaning to the two men who are running for that office. They insult the intelligence of voters who dare to hope that The Atlantic can rise above the inane and sophomoric. And they are an irritating distraction to those who seek to read the article.
John M. Hyson
Fear of a Black President
Several readers said they were moved to tears by Ta-Nehisi Coates’s September article, which The Huffington Post described as “a powerful exploration of the racial fault lines that President Barack Obama must perpetually negotiate, limiting his potency on a range of crucial issues.” Other readers insisted that Obama is hampered not by his racial identity but by his inability to lead.