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Editorial Cartoons Illustrate America's Partisan Divide

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Editorial Cartoons Illustrate America's Partisan Divide

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The partisan way people react to editorial cartoons was discussed in a column by Grand Junction (Colo.) Free Press Managing Editor Josh Nichols.

He noted in a Friday piece that the paper received many angry complaints about the Pat Oliphant cartoon several weeks ago that showed Sarah Palin speaking in tongues. Then, last week, the Free Press received many irate calls and e-mails about a Mike Lester cartoon with "Obama for America" scribbled out to read "Bomb America."

Nichols observed: "Those people who called in to complain about the Obama cartoon, for the most part, used the same words and the same argument as people who called in weeks ago to complain about the Palin cartoon. Funny thing is, not one person opened his or her criticism by saying: 'First you run that Sarah Palin cartoon, and now this!'

"Nope. No one calling this week to complain about the Obama cartoon even mentioned the Palin cartoon. And no one who picked up the phone to complain about the Palin cartoon a few weeks ago called again this week to complain about the Obama cartoon. …

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