Friday, October 26, 2007

Trib cartoon crosses the line

Political cartoonists are supposed to push the envelope, and Pulitzer Prize winner Pat Oliphant is one of the best, but his cartoon in this morning's Trib was more personal attack than social commentary. (For clarity, that's nationally syndicated cartoonist Pat Oliphant, not Trib cartoonist Pat Bagley, whom we also love.)

We can understand the frustration with President Bush's veto of SCHIP, but this cartoon went too far. In it, Oliphant suggests that "The Bush-Cheney Solution for Child Health Insurance" is for Cheney to use little children for target practice:

As the most anti-Bush person we know said, "Even I think that's too far."

He's the most syndicated cartoonist in the world for a reason, but a cartoon like that doesn't add anything to the dialogue, in our view.


Jesse Harris said...

Yeah, that's a bit over the line. What I dread most are the even more ridiculous protests concerning it.

And hey, when did Blogger let you get e-mail notification of follow-up comments? They finally decide to take a page from that WordPress plugin? ;)

rmwarnick said...

Oliphant's cartoons come across as snide, while Pat Bagley is usually pretty funny. In fact, the Oliphant SCHIP cartoon is essentially a less-funny version of Bagley's take on SCHIP.

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