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Matt Davies, the Journal News, White Plains, N.Y

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Matt Davies, the Journal News, White Plains, N.Y

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A cartoon picturing condoleezza Rice playing the piano was not music to the ears of some readers.

"Bizarrely, several suggested the cartoon inferred Condi could only play a piano with one key because she's African American, and so were accusing me of being racist," says Matt Davies, the 2004 Pulitzer Prize winner who does his cartoons for The Journal News of White Plains, N.Y., and Tribune Media Services. Others who did "get" the November 2004 cartoon just complained about Davies being liberal.

What was Davies trying to convey in the cartoon? "It depicts a brilliant and highly capable Secretary of State, who happens to be an accomplished concert pianist, who is totally wasted on a foreign-policy piano fitted with only one key," replies Davies. "Sure, it was my opinion, but not one reader argued effectively against what I was saying. I love a good discussion, but 'the Bush White House doesn't have a one-note foreign policy' just doesn't do it for me. …

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