16 Nov 2004 Ted Rall Ridicules Handicapped Kids
belowStreetLevel has kindly said some nice things about this blog, for which I thank them, but I want to direct readers to their post linking to yet another Ted Rall monstrosity: A cartoon in which Rall tries to make fun of President Bush, but in his incompetent, malevolent way, viciously ridicules physically and mentally handicapped kids instead.
Ted, handicapped children bring a lot of joy into this world. You, on the other hand, don’t.
Addendum: The following story (excerpt only) appeared in Editor and Publisher on November 18, 2004:
WashingtonPost.com is no longer running the cartoons of hard-hitting liberal Ted Rall.
Rall said he thinks the site dropped his work because of a Nov. 4 cartoon he did showing a drooling, mentally handicapped student taking over a classroom. “The idea was to draw an analogy to the electorate — in essence, the idiots are now running the country,” he told E&P.
“That cartoon certainly drew a significant amount of negative comment from our users,” said WashingtonPost.com Executive Editor Doug Feaver when contacted by E&P. But he added that the decision to drop Rall was a “cumulative” one that had been building for a while.
“Ted Rall does very interesting work,” Feaver said. “Some of it is not funny to an awful lot of people. We decided at the end of the day that it just did not fit the tone we wanted at WashingtonPost.com.”