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Cartoon Complaint Campaigns

Tempers run short in turbulent times, so it is no surprise that provocative editorial cartoons sometimes get blowback from readers. Cartoons generate angry conversation on social media, but they seldom generate complaints to us, or to the newspapers that run them – unless there is an organized campaign to solicit complaints. These campaigns usually take the form of Facebook pages that demand that an editor or cartoonist is punished, or simply demands for an apology, and newspapers are often quick to apologize. Come take a look at our recent cartoons that generated complaint campaigns and made newspapers apologize or ban cartoons completely – and in one case, defend their choice to run the cartoon.

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