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Matson on Romney's Flub, Role of Local Cartoons

R.J. Matson, the editorial cartoonist for Roll Call in Washington, D.C. (and who I syndicate via Cagle Cartoons) came up with an original take on Mitt Romney’s much-maligned comments following the tragic attack on the U.S. consulate on Benghazi, Libya:

Matson is one of the most prolific editorial cartoonists working today. In addition to his job with Roll Call, Matson was the daily staff cartoonist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for seven years, before being laid-off last month as part of a paper-wide cutback of employees to save money.

I interviewed Matson about being laid-off, and he shares my fear about the future of editorial cartoons, which are more popular than ever online and in syndication, but threatened by these continued job cuts.

“It’s such a difficult job to do well day after day, I don’t see how cartoonist can crank out stuff like that unless it’s a full-paid job treated with a lot of respect by the publisher,” Matson said.

“The cartoonist is essentially a columnist and a vital voice for the paper, and a vital voice for the community,” Matson continued. “People love to see events in their town reflected back in editorial cartoons… If newspapers give up on that, they’re giving up on their local scene.”

Here’s the interview:

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.

One reply on “Matson on Romney's Flub, Role of Local Cartoons”

SCOMF? You mean the guy who went to Europe and insulted all of our allies because he was playing to the US audience, not the European one (maybe he thought he was in Eureka)? And then he compounds existing problems by deliberately insulting people we're trying to get calm down?

You mean the guy who designed most of the Obama health plan, and now spends his time trying to put it down by using the Obamacare provisions as his own solution?

Worst of all, with millions of people listening, this twit seems to think he can fabricate a different reality that no one else will examine.

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