P-I Flip Flop?
Thanks to this post on Sound Politics for pointing out the following:
A November, 2003 column in the P-I defended the publication of this Ted Rall cartoon, saying: “Cartoons should provoke discourse, and wild exaggerations do just that. Especially when they make us uncomfortable.”
But then, as Stefan Sharkansky points out, the P-I ran an editorial like this about their decision to not print those zany cartoons that have people pulling their beards out: “It’s hard to understand why any cartoon, no matter how offensive, could be cause or justification for deadly mayhem. But publishing culturally insensitive and offending material as an in-your-face retort to the fanaticism is just as senseless.”
So provocative cartoons that get us talking and make us uncomfortable are great, except… not?