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Classic Cartoon on Media Bias

For those of you that think so-called “media bias” is something new and unique to our 24-hour media landscape, check out this classic cartoon about the difference in coverage a Teddy Roosevelt meeting received.

The cartoon was drawn by Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist John T. McCutcheon, who is known as the “Dean of American Cartoonists”, and appeared in the Chicago Tribune on May 13, 1912.

As you can see, the more things change, the more they stay the same…

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By Daryl Cagle

Daryl Cagle is the founder and owner of Cagle Cartoons, Inc. He is one of the most widely published editorial cartoonists and is also the editor of The Cagle Post.

4 replies on “Classic Cartoon on Media Bias”

Just because this has been going on since teddy's days or even before, does not make it right. It's about time the news media started reporting instead of editorializing the NEWS(?)

It is called editorial cartooning for a reason. Editors have opinions. Cartoonists have opinions. Editorial cartoons and opinion pieces tell us more about ourselves, our society, and what's going on in the world than merely reporting the news. We need both honest reporting and editorializing, we just need to be capable of knowing the difference, and it tends to get confused. And let's face it, if you don't like editorial cartoons, what are you doing on an editorial cartoon website?

Of course there's media bias. But Americans USED to be proud that they had grown away from it, to a degree. Just like we'd grown away from the era of the robber barons (check out the masked figure with the suspiciously cat-like face, at the bottom of the lower panel.) Now we're back with even worse media bias — and it looks like the robber barons are back, too. How sad for the country.

But, Cathy, if real robber barons are actually back (they were real 100 years ago), then surely it is bad for the country. 'Course, you never know. Perhaps everyone working in Wall Street and in the mortgage industry have been spontaneously 'washed in the blood of the lamb' and will sin no more. I kind of doubt that though because if any religious sect did that deed, for sure they would out something, if only on facebook.

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