Monday, March 08, 2004

political cartoonist ted rall has had his cartoons pulled from the new york times website.

rall is justifiably convinced that the decision was made in response to pressure from conservatives (why else does anything get cancelled these days?):

The ONLY reason they're dropping me is because they're tired of dealing with Republican hate mail--most of it from people who don't even read the New York Times, but fire off rote complaints against liberal bĂȘte noires as part of their daily regimen.

even the time ombudsman, while bending over backward to defend the decision, concedes it wasn't the ideal way to handle the situation:

Why not just continue what he and his colleagues have been doing, rejecting Rall cartoons that don't meet Times standards? It's worked up until now.

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