A Forum for Vigorous Debate, Cornerstone of Democracy

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A FORUM FOR FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND VIGOROUS DEBATE, CORNERSTONES OF DEMOCRACY
[For the journal (guidelines, focus, etc.), go to www.theamericandissident.org ].
Encouraged censorship and self-censorship seem to have become popular in America today. Those who censor others, not just self, tend to favor the term "moderate," as opposed to "censor" and "moderation" to "censorship." But that doesn't change what they do. They still act as Little Caesars or Big Brother protectors of the thin-skinned. Democracy, however, demands a tough populace, not so easily offended. On this blog, and to buck the trend of censorship, banning, and ostracizing, comments are NEVER "moderated." Rarely (almost NEVER) do the targets of these blog entries respond in an effort to defend themselves with cogent counter-argumentation. This blog is testimony to how little academics, poets, critics, newspaper editors, cartoonists, political hacks, cultural council apparatchiks, librarians et al appreciate VIGOROUS DEBATE, cornerstone of democracy. Clearly, far too many of them could likely prosper just fine in places like communist China and Cuba or Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Russia.

More P. Maudit cartoons (and essays) at Global Free Press: http://www.globalfreepress.org

Saturday, January 2, 2010

The American School of Journalism vs. The Russian School of Journalism

The above cartoon was posted in response to Charlotte's comment, regarding my apparent posting of cartoons only of poets and academics. Why not cartoons on others, she'd suggested.
So here's one on journalists and inspired by the excellent cartoon below, which I discovered on National Free Press... which then kindly posted P. Maudit's cartoon also (see www.nationalfreepress.org/The-American-School-of-Journalism).
Things are certainly worse in many other countries regarding the press. Nonetheless, things are certainly not perfect in the USA, which is why I was compelled to do the sketch.

The Russian School of Journalism

Journalist Anna Politkovskaya, Murdered Oct. 7/06

4 comments:

Charlotte said...

I love the connection with the Chamber and the Smiley News.

Thanks Tod. Very good toon. I'm sure you have done many that deserve a second chance.

G. Tod Slone said...

Thanks again for taking a look, Charlotte! See, you inspired me! And due to that I got the National Free Press to put the cartoon up on its site.

mather said...

Good exposure over there and they even gave you a compliment. Smiley news, just what we need!

G. Tod Slone said...

Well, M, your comment made me smile out loud!