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UPDATED! That Deleted Ted Cruz Cartoon Wasn't The Worst Thing Wash Post Published This Week

Try this on for size: "The war in Afghanistan follows Obama to his vacation in Hawaii."

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Updated at 10:43 A.M.: Scroll down for cartoonist Ann Telnaes' comments on controversy.

By now, you've probably heard about the early Christmas gift that The Washington Post gave to Ted Cruz: A quickly pulled cartoon depicting the Texas senator dressed as Santa Claus and an organ grinder (because editorial cartoonists are awful), with his two daughters as organ-grinder monkeys.

Thus begins the conservative-media outrage of the week, made more fun by the fact that it's conservatives who always complain about what sissys and lily-livered weaklings we all are, getting so easily offended by every micro-aggression here, there, and everywhere. How are we going to defeat ISIS and make desert sand glow green if we get offended by a cartoon that doesn't even show Mohammed with a bomb in his beard

Since the cartoon ostensibly included Cruz's young kids (who, like politicos' kids everywhere, are used as props throughout campaigns), there's a sense that a line was crossed. How dare you write about/draw/do SNL skits about Amy Carter, Chelsea Clinton, the Bush girls, blah blah blah. Didn't the Post learn anything from its notorious takedown of First Daughter Margaret Truman's rotten singing circa 1950? "Some day I hope to meet you," wrote Give 'em Hell Harry to the critic. "When that happens you'll need a new nose, a lot of beefsteak for black eyes, and perhaps a supporter below!" 

This round completely goes to Cruz and conservative media-bias chroniclers. 

The Post deleted the cartoon, with the editorial page editor explaining:

It's generally been the policy of our editorial section to leave children out of it. I failed to look at this cartoon before it was published. I understand why [cartoonist] Ann [Telnaes] thought an exception to the policy was warranted in this case, but I do not agree.

Let's be honest. This cartoon, like virtually all editorial cartoons, is so failed on so many levels that only a Pulitzer-Prize winner could have drawn it. As Roger Williams said of forced prayers, it stinks in god's nostrils. And that's long before we even get to whether it's wrong to include children in such situations. Cruz is Santa but also an organ grinder? I thought only Eyetalians were organ grinders and isn't Cruz Canadian or something? And why Santa Claus—just because it's Christmas week? Why not Krampus, who takes things from people? Because Cruz wants to steal old people's Medicare and underwear and shut down the government, doesn't he, according to the liberal consensus…?

Whatever. Here's something more disturbing the Post did on the day before the Cruz cartoon got its 15 minutes in the sun. It ran this headline:

The war in Afghanistan follows Obama to his vacation in Hawaii

HONOLULU — A deeply conflicted President Obama warned earlier this year when he extended the American troop presence in Afghanistan that he did not support "the idea of endless war."

For Obama, the deaths Monday of six U.S. soldiers near Bagram air base underscore the perils of his decision to keep as many as 9,800 troops in Afghanistan through much of next year.

A war that Obama had pledged to end before he left office is now increasingly looking endless. That war followed him here to his native Hawaii, where he is on a two-week vacation with his wife and daughters….

Hat tip: Dave Burge (Iowahawkblog)

To be honest, I find this sort of headline and lede more indicative of media bias than anything any cartoonist can ever did. This is how you write a story about six dead Americans in a war that is supposed to be over already? No, this is more like reporting as ideological Vulcan mind-meld: How did the biggest single day of KIAs ruin Obama's vacation?

To me, it calls to mind the response of The New York Times' Scotty Reston to the death of Mary Jo Kopechne at Chappaquidick. Reston, an in-the-tank Kennedy family amanuensis, reportedly dictated the lede of the story as "Tragedy has again struck the Kennedy family." The Times chose to edit that and published a less-distorted version of events, but in that brief moment, you could glimpse something seriously wrong with the relationship between mainstream media and the people they cover.

The Post story is not in that league, of course, but it displays a disturbing perspective nonetheless and one far more insidious, at least to me.

Update (10:43 A.M.): The cartoonist tweeted this in response to criticisms.

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  1. Nothing on Telnaes’ response? Come now.

    Ann Telnaes ?@AnnTelnaes 24h24 hours ago
    Ted Cruz has put his children in a political ad- don’t start screaming when editorial cartoonists draw them as well.

    1. I am sure she will be more than happy to see this applied to every politician, ne?

      1. It’s like this was the first political ad she ever saw.

        1. I had the same thought. She must have a rare mental disorder that had deflected all political ads up until she saw Cruz’s.

      2. If someone had drawn Obama’s kids as monkeys, no one would mind, right? Right?

        1. Hell, that controversy would include weeks of news coverage, demands for the removal of the offensive cartoonist, that cartoonist eventually losing their jobs (this one won’t), oh and also conversations about racism, sexism, and sensitivity.

          This is not really about the callousness of what happened, its about the fact that if this happened to a Democrat politician the people doing it would lose their careers and livelihoods. This cartoonist at the Post will become a “truth speaking” hero of the left.

        2. Well not his kids, but GWB himself. Image if they did this to Obama.

          http://politicalhumor.about.co…..onkey3.htm

          1. What is wrong with a double standard? It is twice the standard!

    2. Does nobody bother to take time to find the em-dash?

      1. No–why should they?

        1. Gah!

          *furiously scrubs under fingernails*

    3. Did Netanyahu ever put a Palestinian infant in one of his political ads, much less a depiction of him punching said infant in the face, Ms. Telnaes?

      1. Amazing. At least he wasn’t baking the kid’s blood into matzoh.

        1. I like how Bibi has an elephant-trunk like schnoz, while the equally Semitic Palestinian kid has a pug nose and looks like he just wandered in from a neighboring Dennis the Menace strip.

          1. My first impression of the kid getting punched; she ripped off the cartooning style of Charles M. Jones.

              1. That is *precisely* what I was thinking of.

    4. My she’s so edgy for a WaPo cartoonist. How many times has she drawn Mohammed?

        1. Don’t know if you saw my post yesterday – I had to run not long after posting. Is this the Saudi reformer you were referring to a few days back?

          http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-35154411

          1. No. I was discussing Ibrahim Al-Buleihi, who, believe it or not, actually sits on the King’s advisory council, the Shura. From what I understand, it’s basically a neutered “House of Lords”. I suspect that’s the only thing keeping him safe.

            1. OK, thanks.

  2. Here’s why conservative outrage is different than liberal outrage: Liberals actually get outraged over things and get their feelings hurt. Conservatives, for the most part, don’t give a shit about the original thing. They get outraged at the absurd and very real hypocrisy and double standards that apply.

    1. ^For the most part, yes, although there are some things which cause conservatives, particularly the socons, actual outrage. But liberals never get the distinction, or pretend not to. Perhaps because they see everything through the lens of their own whining.

    2. Ben Shapiro and those morons over at Breitbart run their own outrage machine.

      Also, never forget Michelle Malkin’s take on Rachel Ray’s Dunkin Donuts commerical attire.

      1. Michelle Malkin’s take on Rachel Ray’s Dunkin Donuts commerical attire.

        That actually sounds kind of hot.

      2. “Also, never forget Michelle Malkin’s take on Rachel Ray’s Dunkin Donuts commerical attire.”

        How can I forget that which I do not remember? Answer me that, grasshopper, and take three spaces forward on the board on the way to enlightenment.”

      3. I thought it was a decent enough site when A.B. ran it. Once he died, Ben and the rest of the kids got the keys to the liquor cabinet and it’s been a mess ever since.

    3. Conservatives: “This person in the media did something objectively wrong, which by the way our side would never have gotten away with.”

      Liberals: “OMG, offensive, how dare you!”

  3. what say you joe?

  4. I’m certainly not carrying water for Ann Telnaes, as she is a one-way, liberal, progressive POS, but I completely don’t find the offense in the cartoon. It does sort of make all involved–subject, artist, and publisher–look dumb, but that’s about it. I didn’t for a nanosecond equate the monkeys to his children.

    1. Yeah, pretty much. 90% of political cartooning is crap, and Telnaes is no exception, but this isn’t particularly bad. It’s very mildly offensive, but if political cartoons can’t be offensive, what the hell is their point anyway?

    2. I don’t get what the editorial cartoon is trying to say. Is it that the street organ is superior to both the lute and the hurdy-gurdy?

    3. she is a one-way

      How do you know that much about her sex life?

      1. How do you know that much about her sex life?

        Dude, c’mon.

  5. So Mickey and Minnie Mouse are running from Bob Hope because they can see that Dick in a Box trick a mile away?

    MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM FRIDAY FUNNIES.

  6. That’s not terribly offensive, but it’s just lazy. Did she paste both monkeys from clipart? It would have been much more slighting to depict his daughters as merely dressed for the part and unhappy.

    1. This, no need to disparage the kids when it wasn’t really their choice.

      1. Slighting of Cruz, not his daughters.

  7. Fiesty Nick is a fun read.

    the conservative-media outrage of the week, made more fun by the fact that it’s conservatives who always complain about what sissys and lily-livered weaklings we all are, getting so easily offended by every micro-aggression here, there, and everywhere.

    I agree with this, too. I think they think this shit is their way of “fighting back” against the liberal media.

    1. Maybe “we don’t like the rules but we insist they be applied equally” is too nuanced for Gillespie to understand?

      1. Too nuanced?

        At this point we’re lucky that they remember to wipe the drool off his chin often enough that he doesn’t electrocute himself when he flails at the keyboard.

      2. You forgot to finish with, “and we will react with the same whine and howling as sissy progressives do.” That’s Nick’s point, and he’s right.

        1. It’s better than getting punched in the nuts for trying to act like the adult in the room.

  8. The @washingtonpost, which is the lobbyist (power) for not imposing taxes on #Amazon, today did a nasty cartoon attacking @tedcruz kids. Bad
    ? Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2015

    What?

    1. Forget it, it’s Trumptown.

    2. Bezos owns the Post and Amazon…

      1. Which is fine, but what has one got to do with the other? I mean, if Bezos was a huge Family Research Council contributor I could see the connection, but is Trump suggesting Amazon should be taxed because Wapo published a goofy cartoon lampooning Cruz?

        1. He is suggesting that Bezos uses the Washington Post to lobby against Amazon paying sales tax. I think.

          1. If by “Amazon” he means “Amazon and any other internet company with no local presence” then I’m on board.

      1. Nice tie in. *polite applause*

            1. #allshlongsmatter

  9. Cruz should be ashamed, ASHAMED, of using his family as political props. No other politicians do it, why should he be allowed? As for the soldiers, they should have been more considerate of their COC and picked a better time to die-maybe after the new year.

  10. Hat tip: Dave Buerge (Iowahawkblog)

    Good job, Nick. Snake Blissken approves.

      1. It’s like they’re drunk or something.

        1. Say, that is a good idea. *Looks out window of office tower, to bar across street….makes lunch plans*

    1. It was the Flemish spelling of Burge?

  11. How will this impact Obama’s vacation?
    I worry about him. We, the little critters of the world, don’t deserve him.
    Isn’t Barry the real victim in all this – always?

    1. We should all be judged on whether or not our lives and deaths inconvenience some piece of shit political hack.

    2. The issues of the day constantly weigh on him heavily. So much so he doesn’t eat his vegetables.

      FORE!

  12. “Hat tip: Dave Buerge (Iowahawkblog)

    smdh

    1. Direct complaints to Scott Shaelkfourd.

      /NRO

  13. “This cartoon, like virtually all editorial cartoons, is so failed on so many levels that only a Pulitzer-Prize winner could have drawn it.”

    So failed on so many levels.

    Nick, aren’t you the fucking editor?

    1. He’s the fun kind of editor.

      I bet John could moonlight as a Reason editor if he wants some extra work.

    2. Soemtimes you jsut have to leik it!

    3. Explains a lot, yeah?

  14. fact that it’s conservatives who always complain about what sissys and lily-livered weaklings we all are, getting so easily offended by every micro-aggression here, there, and everywhere.

    The commentariat complains about sissies and lily-livered social justice warriors and the occasional Reason staff member on an almost daily basis.

  15. It’s worth remembering the best thing John McCain ever said in his political career:

    “Why is Chelsea Clinton so ugly?

    Because Janet Reno is her father”

  16. There’s a weird thing these days where there’s a competition over who can generate the most outrage-momentum out of the least-newsworthy issue

    e.g.
    Hillary says ISIS is using Trump videos to inspire terrorists to kill Americans; Trump says Hillary’s a fat-lying-liar-pants who lies all the time probably because menopause broke her brain or something.

    Both might possibly be considered worth some kind of news commentary, at least to weigh the relative merits of their bullshit-accusations.

    …. but what the media really sunk their teeth into? Was Trump saying Hillary got “Schlonged” in her loss to Obama.

    If there’s anything good to come out of that? is that schoolkids will now at least have a finer appreciation of some of the better yiddish vulgarisms.

    1. Saul: Then you’re a putz. All of you are putzes. They should change the sign outside from My-T-Sharp to ‘ze Three Putzes!

  17. I hear Ann Telnaes doesn’t repeat after she rinses.

    1. I hear Ann Telnaes likes to bath in monkey pee.

      Oh no. Here we go.

  18. I first misread the headline as “that deleted Ted Rall cartoon isn’t the worst thing” and I was momentarily stunned by trying to imagine what could possibly be worse than a Ted Rall editorial cartoon.

  19. The war in Afghanistan follows Obama to his vacation in Hawaii

    I realize one could take the headline as “poor Obama”, but when I first read it hit me like “Obama fiddling while Afghanistan burns.”

    We all see the outrage we came in with, the current trigger of the outrage doesn’t matter.

  20. Why don’t you run a cartoon about pedophile Bill Clinton screwing underage kipnapped girls on his best buds island and Hillary can say it was the girls fault.

  21. Re the Obama vacation article, this is an example of how to deal with unpleasant news which you can’t cover up. Put it in the context of how it poses a challenge to your guy’s courageous initiatives, a challenge which he must buckle down and overcome.

    With this narrative in place, critics who get outraged over, say, the deaths of American servicemen in an intervention which was supposed to be over are simply trying to politically exploit a tragedy and interfere with your guy’s Deeply Serious attempts to solve a Deeply Serious problem.

    1. Keep the image of your guy like this:

      http://bit.ly/1OiZ5jQ

      And if you’re Telnaes:

      http://bit.ly/1OnP3Eh

  22. Re the Obama vacation article, this is an example of how to deal with unpleasant news which you can’t cover up. Put it in the context of how it poses a challenge to your guy’s courageous initiatives, a challenge which he must buckle down and overcome.

    With this narrative in place, critics who get outraged over, say, the deaths of American servicemen in an intervention which was supposed to be over are simply trying to politically exploit a tragedy and interfere with your guy’s Deeply Serious attempts to solve a Deeply Serious problem.

  23. Fine, I’m the dumbest motherfucker on the face of this earth, but could one of you smart folk tell me how I’m supposed to “know” that those are his kids?

    Was there some sort of caption in the original?

    Seriously, I look at that pic and all I see is Cruz dressed up in a stupid costume with some monkeys. WTF is that supposed to mean?

    1. It *supposed* to mean ‘liberals see things rubes don’t and that’s that’.

  24. I’m sorry, but I STILL do not get the message of the cartoon. Is it that Cruz is using his children as props in an ad and our heroine cartoonist is pointing this out?

    Has this moron ever heard of the Streisand effect?

    It seems that now even more people realize what a completely shitty cartoonist she is…

  25. This morning, over souffle and coffee, I asked myself, “How’s Nick going to spin this story to carry water for the left?”

    Never change, Nick.

    1. …What?

      You had souffle for breakfast?

      1. Just a little individualized egg souffle I order and heat up in the morning. This week’s are with mozzarella and Italian sausage (and diced onions and peppers, of course).

  26. When I saw the cartoon, I was wondering who the monkeys were supposed to be. My first assumption was that they were other candidates, but that didn’t seem to fit the reality of this campaign. How is it concluded that they are his daughters? Did the cartoonist say so?

    1. Yep.

      Ann Telnaes ?@AnnTelnaes 24h24 hours ago
      Ted Cruz has put his children in a political ad- don’t start screaming when editorial cartoonists draw them as well.

  27. The headline about the Afghan war following Obama to Hawaii isn’t even necessarily the most simpering excuse for him that the Post has run atop an article this week. I personally like this gem:

    “The quiet impact of Obama’s Christian faith:
    Why the president’s convictions led him to believe he could unite a divided country ? and why he failed”

    Poor, poor (Christian!) Obama. He’s just so darned good, and this country is always letting him down.

    1. I almost barfed when I read that article. Just could not finish reading to its conclusion…

      1. I got about a paragraph in and had to give up. Some people just cannot let go of this image of Saint Obama.

        1. I could barely get to the end of that headline.

    2. Oh, oh! I know this one. “Because we the people are unworthy of his benign & benevolent leadership.”

  28. The WaPo editor feigned ignorance and apologized for not catching the cartoon on time. Whatevs, dude. If I had been the editor, I would’ve called the cartoonist and, feigning ignorance, asked her “who are the two little monkeys supposed to be?” And upon her answer (assuming she’s candid) I would’ve fired her on the spot. And I would have fired her because I know the hypocritical Marxian would never depict anybody else’s children as monkeys, especially if they’re the children of Marxians. That is enough for me to know the cartoonist is a fucking coward and lazy, rendering her useless.

  29. I think it’s a tasteless cartoon–which is my favorite kind.

    Let him without sin–in Woodchipper Nation–cast the first stone.

  30. Nick,
    Ted Cruz would like to thank you for all of your critiques. It’s helping him. (Still wish Rand had a chance…but oh well Ted is our monkey)

  31. Colorblindkid said this, and it can’t be said enough–

    Here’s why conservative outrage is different than liberal outrage: Liberals actually get outraged over things and get their feelings hurt. Conservatives, for the most part, don’t give a shit about the original thing. They get outraged at the absurd and very real hypocrisy and double standards that apply.

    And that a real and valid point.

    A picture of Dear Leaders girls as monkeys? Heads would roll. There’d be weeks of discussion about American racial insensitivity. Nick would write at least six pieces about the ‘damage’ this did to republicans or the right or anyone who wasn’t wearing leftist kneepads.

    1. I thought Ace was right on with this, yesterday:

      Note my point is not to go after Obama’s kids. I never go after his kids. I have no reason to do so.

      But this liberal game of piously claim Democrats’ children are completely off-limits, while concocting “warranted exceptions” for Republicans’ kids (every Republicans’ kids, pretty much — ask the Bush Twins and Palin Kids), is infuriating beyond my capacity to express.

  32. Sounds quite a bit like #Gamergate

  33. It’s not entirely relevant, but I feel it needs to be said: The Cruz ad is so bad that it’s painful to watch. I assume this level of quality inspired the Post cartoonist.

  34. i don’t know, last year, i found this pretty smart, so maybe i just hate kids and immigrants.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/l…..ng-cartoon

  35. He didn’t really insult the kids. What bugs me is the thought that too many of the lefties will absorb the false, soft narrative that their opposition are the only culprits to woo the public with kids. … Which is probably what all the angst is really about.

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