Cartoon of Mike Luckovich of 26 August.
The local newspaper, The Laconia Daily Sun (Laconia, New Hampshire), will stop publishing editorial cartoons after complaints about the publication of this cartoon by Mike Luckovitch.
The newspaper made the announcement in a note that can be found at read full story here (View with VPN):
“…when cartoons like this one and others serve primarily to inflame an already polarised public discourse, we conclude that they have reached the point of diminishing returns and no longer serve the engaging purpose they once did (…) We will use the space previously reserved for editorial cartoons for something else We are open to suggestions.“
The cartoon that prompted the decision shows children hiding under school tables. The blackboard reads“active shooter drill“. The black child says:“this looks like getting ready for a policeman to show up“.
Among the complaints from different people were also those of the local police union, which spread the word about the police a statement.
The cartoon was also picked up by The Lewinston Tribune, which admitted to receiving a flood of mentions on the internet, phone calls and emails.
“On Wednesday morning, a firestorm of criticism of the Lewiston Tribune erupted on social media and beyond Emails, phone calls and more than four dozen subscription cancellations poured into our front office.”
Nathan Alford published a note (See with VPN) apology, adding: “This apology is for everyone, you, your family and neighbours, subscribers and non-subscribers.
Third US daily to drop cartoons in 2020
The Laconia Daily Sun is the third newspaper so far this year to decide to stop publishing editorial cartoons following a controversy.
The first to take this radical decision was The New York Times, which on 10 June announced that it was ceasing to publish cartoons the first to take this radical decision was The New York Times, which decided to stop publishing editorial cartoons in its international edition (it no longer had any in its national edition), effective 1 July, which led to the dismissal of two of its cartoonists, Patrick Chappatte and Heng Kim Song.
The NYT took this decision just after apologise and withdraw a cartoon the NYT took this decision just after the Portuguese António Moreira Antunes ‘ article on Trump and Netanyahu.
On Thursday 11 June, the Florence, South Carolina Morning News of Florence, South Carolina, opted to make a definitive break with the cartoons after a cartoon of Gary McCoy about abortion and blacksprovoked some complaints. On that occasion the editor did not give it much thought and wrote that the cartoons “are expendable”.
Humour in trouble, a collection of cases (III)
Cases of cartoonists who have had problems of some importance because of their cartoons or satirical illustrations. There are also some stories of other people who, without being cartoonists, have got into trouble for sharing them.