Cartoon falls to cancel culture: In perilous times, free speech attacks are no laughing matter

Source: USA Today
by Ingrid Jacques

“Israelis have a right to defend themselves against terrorists who have said that they won’t stop until Israel is wiped off the face of the earth. There also have been many Palestinian civilian casualties. An estimated 11,000 have died. A major reason so many civilians are caught in the crossfire, however, is that Hamas uses Palestinian lives as human shields. … Michael Ramirez, a political cartoonist who has won two Pulitzer Prizes, recently drew a cartoon illustrating that fact. A nationally syndicated cartoonist who works for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Ramirez also is a contributor to The Washington Post. After David Shipley, editorial page editor of The Post, signed off on running the cartoon, backlash from readers and staff led him to apologize for doing so – and to pull the cartoon from the paper’s website.” (11/15/23)