As a lifelong admirer of editorial cartoonists, I love looking for the cartoons that grab my attention throughout the week and compiling my favorites for all of you. This week, the cartoonists were primarily focused on the GOP convention and the ongoing fallout from the police violence in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
In a slight departure from what I normally do on Saturdays, which is to let the cartoons speak for themselves, I do want to point out that I picked Mike Luckovich’s “Active Shooter Drill” cartoon as the header for a very specific reason. That story is at the end of today’s roundup.
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A Word About the Luckovich Cartoon
Mike Luckovich is the editorial cartoonist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and won the Pulitzer Prize for cartooning in 1995. His cartoons are distributed nationally and so, show up in a variety of newspapers.
This cartoon was published in multiple papers earlier this week, and it sparked a huge backlash in at least two papers.
The Lewiston Tribune, in Idaho, was one of the papers. The backlash was big enough that that the paper’s editor and publisher issued a front page apology. That is NOT what the editor should have done. Just like opinion pieces and op-eds, editorial cartoons are supposed to express an opinion and ideally, force the reader to confront an issue. They are also protected by the First Amendment. And that is what the editor should have done — protect and respect Luckovich’s right to express that opinion.
The Laconia Daily Sun, in New Hampshire, reacted even worse than the Tribune did. In their case, they took the ridiculous leap of deciding not to run editorial cartoons ever again.
At a time when we are dealing with an authoritarian president, evidence that others are suppressing opinions, especially in newspapers, is not something I’m willing to ignore. I hope you will join me in following Mike Luckovich on Twitter and supporting him by sharing his cartoons.
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