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‘Trump’ Illustration Gets Its Artist Fired From Newspaper After 25 Years
By Mikelle Leow, 18 Jun 2018
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With all the bizarre political events being reported these days, you can’t really blame artists for churning out relevant illustrations of world leaders. In a single week, both TIME and The Economist magazines poked fun at President Donald Trump over two different issues. The caricatures aren’t likely to stop anytime soon, but it’s unfortunate to say that fans of these cartoons have lost a hero in June.
After 25 years of being an editorial cartoonist for The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette newspaper, artist Rob Rogers now sees his power being relinquished by the publication.
The illustration that eventually had him terminated from his role was in response to the separation of immigrant children from their parents at the US-Mexico border.
In an article for The New York Times newspaper, Rogers—who has had 30 years of experience as a cartoonist for newspapers—said he should have “seen it coming.” At a recent lunch appointment with his previous employer, he was told that The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s publisher stressed an editorial cartoonist was akin to an editorial writer, and had to factually represent the publication’s views.
“That was a new one to me,” Rogers recounted. He had grown to believe an editorial cartoonist was to be the “constant irritant” of a company.
Surprisingly, the artist recalled that The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette newspaper wasn’t always this conservative. In fact, when he became a part of the team in 1993, it was “the liberal newspaper in town,” and was renowned for encouraging “a lot of divergent ideas.”
It was in 2010 when the paper reportedly began changing its tune. A Republican candidate for governor in Pennsylvania endorsed the company, “which shocked a majority of our readership,” Rogers said. In 2015, his longtime boss “took a buyout” after he learned that The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette newspaper could endorse Donald Trump.
For Rogers, things truly started changing in March, when the company said his drawings about President Trump were “too angry” and “obsessive.” While he saw a handful of his cartoons being rejected each year, 19 illustrations and pitches were suddenly turned down within a span of three months, with six of them being “spiked in a single week.”
The artist, who was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1999, reminisced that his role for The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette newspaper was his “dream job,” and that it was the constant support from the city and its mayor that kept him inspired.
“The paper may have taken an eraser to my cartoons. But I plan to be at my drawing table every day of this presidency.”
Immigrant Children cartoon: http://robrogers.com/2018/06/01/immigrant-children/ #immigration2018 #Sessions #Trump #ICE #migra #border #borderwall #xenophobiaPosted by Rob Rogers on Friday, June 1, 2018
[via The New York Times, images via various sources]
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