Friday, November 19, 2004
Cleaning up the editorial cartoons: The Washington Post has decided to follow The New York Times' lead and stop running "cartoonist" Ted Rall's disgusting drawings.
Rall said he thinks the site dropped his work because of a Nov. 4 cartoon he did showing a drooling, mentally handicapped student taking over a classroom. "The idea was to draw an analogy to the electorate -- in essence, the idiots are now running the country," he told E&P.
"That cartoon certainly drew a significant amount of negative comment from our users," said WashingtonPost.com Executive Editor Doug Feaver when contacted by E&P. But he added that the decision to drop Rall was a "cumulative" one that had been building for a while.
"Ted Rall does very interesting work," Feaver said. "Some of it is not funny to an awful lot of people. We decided at the end of the day that it just did not fit the tone we wanted at WashingtonPost.com."
Rall's cartoons are naturally at home in your free weekly "alternative" newspapers. He likes to say that he is liberal, when in fact he is more accurately characterized as a "psycho nutjob."
Good riddance, Ted.