Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editorial cartoonist fired for criticizing Donald Trump.

By | 2018-06-17T13:37:16+00:00 June 17th, 2018|Categories: News, News2|Tags: , , , , |7 Comments

Courtesy of NYT:

When I was hired in 1993, The Post-Gazette was the liberal newspaper in town, but it always prided itself on being a forum for a lot of divergent ideas. The change in the paper did not happen overnight. From what I remember, it started in 2011, with the endorsement of the Republican candidate for Pennsylvania governor, which shocked a majority of our readership. The next big moment happened in late 2015, when my longtime boss, the editorial page editor, took a buyout after the publisher indicated that the paper might endorse Mr. Trump. Then, early this year, we published openly racist editorials.

Things really changed for me in March, when management decided that my cartoons about the president were “too angry” and said I was “obsessed with Trump.” This about a president who has declared the free press one of the greatest threats to our country.

Not every idea I have works. Every year, a few of my cartoons get killed. But suddenly, in a three-month period, 19 cartoons or proposals were rejected. Six were spiked in a single week — one after it was already placed on the page, an image depicting a Klansman in a doctor’s office asking: “Could it be the Ambien?”

After so many years of punch lines and caricatures, skewering mayors and mullahs, the new regime at The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette decided that The Donald trumped satire when it came to its editorial pages.

Censoring editorial cartoonists.

Attacking the media.

For years people have openly wondered how the Germans failed to realize what was happening while Hitler rose to power.

Well wonder no more, we are seeing exactly how that played out. 

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7 Comments

  1. mike from iowa June 17, 2018 at 5:20 am - Reply

    I ate to bicker with anyone, but the PP-G under Richard Mellon Scaife was a sworn, dedicated enemy of Potus Bill Clinton and Scaife spench mucho dinero trying to buy any evidence that would damage Clinton.

    • Anonymous June 17, 2018 at 6:15 am - Reply

      Not at all surprising, Mike, but such is the state of “news” these days.

    • PitPal June 17, 2018 at 7:03 pm - Reply

      I think that you’re confusing the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette with the Trubune-Review. It was the Trib that was associated with Richard Mellon Scaife. However, since the Trib ended publication and the P-G is now run by the same guy who managed the more conservative Toledo Blade, the P-G has been rapidly moving towards the right. Sad! Rob Rogers is a Pittsburgh treasure. It’s very unsettling to see that his voice (drawing pencil) is being silenced.

  2. Anonymous June 17, 2018 at 6:32 am - Reply

    “There is no way to change him. But like a petulant child who constantly is told he can get his way, the fault lies as much with those who are allowing this behavior to happen unchecked.”
    – Dan Rather

    • anonymous June 17, 2018 at 7:42 am - Reply

      FB”A chill down the spine. A shake of the head in almost disbelief. These were – and continue to be – my reactions to the words of support that President Trump has issued on the dictator of arguably the most repressive and anti-democratic nation on Earth, North Korea.
      The President has already shown a disturbing propensity to embrace authoritarians, even totalitarians, while he swings a wrecking ball to our alliances with the world’s leading democracies. But this latest turn is one that blows past every caution light and should be ringing full alarms with anyone who cares about our republic. It should be clear to everyone by now that these words and actions show the values and morality of the man occupying the Oval Office. He wishes this nation would just shut up and salute him. He wishes he could weaponize the mechanics of justice to attack his foes and protect himself, his family, and anyone on whom he bestows favor (no matter how that favor is paid for in return). He seeks to silence the press and investigate individual reporters. He tears families away from children and stokes racial animosity.
      There is no way to change him. But like a petulant child who constantly is told he can get his way, the fault lies as much with those who are allowing this behavior to happen unchecked.
      All the President’s supporters, particularly the leaders in Congress, must be urged to come down on the record about where they stand on all of this. And the rest of the nation needs to remind them and ourselves how un-American this behavior is.
      Even as this chill wind howls I remind myself of one of my favorite words – steady. The mechanics of justice continue to turn. Mueller continues to investigate. The states push back. New leaders find their voice. This will be the chorus of democracy that can out-sing the voice of authoritarianism spewing from the White House.” <DR

  3. anonymous June 17, 2018 at 6:45 am - Reply

    “Washington Post employees want to go on strike because Bezos isn’t paying them enough. I think a really long strike would be a great idea. Employees would get more money and we would get rid of Fake News for an extended period of time! Is @WaPo a registered lobbyist?
    5:26 AM – Jun 17, 2018”

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/06/trump-urges-washington-post-employees-go-strike-get-rid-fake-news-extended-period-time/

  4. Anonymous June 17, 2018 at 9:57 am - Reply

    We can no longer criticize the supreme leader. That’s where this is going. Each day. I have said Putin is leading Trump to this state of affairs. And our country’s politician are letting it happen for some weird odd reason. Can it be that Putin has Kompromat on all of our leaders and anyone else that gets in his way?

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