Last week, cartoonist Jack Ohman of the Sacramento (Calif.) Bee drew a cartoon about Texas' lack of regulatory practices at places such as the fertilizer plant that blew up in West, Texas, and killed at least 15 people. Ohman's 'toon came under so much fire that even Texas Gov. Rick Perry wrote a letter to the editor of that newspaper. The newspaper and the artist's professional group have stood behind him.
The Star subscribes to several cartoonists, including Ohman. The editors pick what we feel is the best cartoon for each day, and we try to vary between different artists and different topics. The Star did not print the Texas cartoon.
It's an interesting discussion for those who appreciate opinion journalism: How to choose editorial cartoons that take an educated, ethical, if not snarky, stance, and how to know when they may cross the line -- if they do at all.
-- Phillip Tutor