An American cartoonist has been fired for being mean to Trump

Rob Rogers has been the editorial cartoonist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for more than 25 years. Most working cartoonists have had an occasional idea spiked by his or her editor. But in the past few weeks, editorial director Keith Burris and publisher John Robinson Block have refused to publish six of Rogers’s cartoons, all criticizing Trump or his policies. Block and Burris have also rejected many of Rogers’s rough sketch ideas for several months.

This wasn’t the first time Block has used his position to defend President Trump’s actions; in January he demanded an editorial run in the Post-Gazette and the Toledo Blade (where he is also the publisher) supporting Trump’s use of the term “shithole countries.”

❝ Through satire, humor and pointed caricatures, editorial cartoonists criticize leaders and governments that are behaving badly. The purpose of an editorial cartoonist is to hold politicians and powerful institutions accountable — and we all know how little President Trump thinks he, his family or his sycophants should be held accountable. Rogers was the first American editorial cartoonist to lose his job as a result, but he won’t be the last. Trump has many “fixers.”


Trump and his bubba – newspaper owner Block

One thought on “An American cartoonist has been fired for being mean to Trump

  1. David Low says:

    “[Editorial cartooning] is essentially a destructive art. We are not pontificators, or molders of thought—or at least we shouldn’t try to be. Ours is more the role of the lowly gadfly: circle and stab, circle and stab. Roughly put, our credo should be, if it’s big, hit it.” (Bill Mauldin, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist)
    ‘Domino Theory’, ChicagoSun-Times editorial cartoon, January 17, 1973. https://i.pinimg.com/originals/11/38/44/11384411921e9cf9065acf6d3070a590.jpg
    Rob Rogers, Fired for His ‘Angry’ Trump Cartoons, Fires Back https://www.thedailybeast.com/rob-rogers-fired-for-his-angry-trump-cartoons-fires-back

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