What makes an editorial cartoon an editorial cartoon

It’s not news to anyone who follows editorial cartoons that the art form is going through some tough times here in the US.  Because of newspaper closings and the fact that more people are getting their news online, editorial cartoonists are finding it hard to find jobs and decent pay for reprints.   However, It’s also doesn’t help the profession when a cartoon syndicate starts offering the same editorial cartoon with two completely different viewpoints.  Screen shot 2013-04-24 NoneOfThemScreen shot 2013-04-24 AllOfThemThis is a clear case of a cartoon syndicate trying to maximize profits by offering the same artwork but changing a few words to address both ideological sides of an issue.  An editorial cartoon is supposed to have a clear point of view.  Let me repeat that: an editorial cartoon is supposed to have a clear point of view; it should reflect the opinion of the creator.  Otherwise, it’s not an editorial cartoon but just a cartoon. Distributing this kind of work demeans and devalues the profession.


  1. MikeE says:

    The point that Ms. Telnaes makes goes straight to heart of the problem with journalism as a whole. News has lost it’s credibility because the race for ratings is more important than getting the facts correct before reporting them. Are you listening CNN? News, as had been reported by Mr. Murrow and Mr. Friendly and (the former CBS News) may never be seen again. And for that we are not the better. — ME