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TNT: Why not more balance in cartoons?

Letter by Michael F. Shields, Gig Harbor on Aug. 28, 2012 at 3:00 pm with 28 Comments »
August 28, 2012 3:00 pm

Out of curiosity, when was the last time a political cartoon in The News Tribune featured the incumbent president? Doesn’t he have any involvement in any of the most pressing political issues of the day?

It appears that the editorial staff is ignoring the thoughts, words and actions of the most powerful man on the planet – and his political party that controls two-thirds of the government – in favor of focusing on those who might challenge him in any way.

True journalists seek objectivity in all that they do. The editorial staff should seek some semblance of balance in the views presented on the opinion pages.

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  1. tacomabizguy says:

    this paper has always been in the bag for this president and the democrats..

    they just don’t like to admit it.

  2. scooter6139 says:

    I have seen quite a few caricatures of the President on this website. Just open you eyes.

  3. sumyungboi says:

    I don’t really hold it against the TNT for their leftist bias. In the past, many, in fact, most newspapers were very up front about their political leanings. Almost all large cities had two newspapers, one conservative, one liberal. In fact, you can still see this today with some of the names of large city print media. As print diminished once television came along, only the strong survived, and in almost all but the largest cities, only one “mainstream” paper remained. What bothers me is that these days, the print are still as bias as ever, but they won’t admit it, as they did in the past.

  4. LeePHilI says:

    Yeah….McClatchy is well known for their leftist position.

    Just ask five labor unions that used to represent Trib employees.

  5. scooter, scroll to the top of this page. Select “Opinion”, then select “Editorial Cartoons”.

    Of the first two slide shows (I didn’t go any further than that) – 70 total cartoons – I found 4 that featured 0bama in less than a positive light, and even then he is usually shown splitting the screen with equally unflattering portrayals of Romney or Republicans. Four out of effing 70! I completely lost count of how many snarky, lying, unfunny, and untrue portrayals their were of Romney, Ryan, and the GOP. I’d say better than 80%.

    Mr. Shields is spot-on.

  6. sumyungboi says:

    lee: “Yeah….McClatchy is well known for their leftist position.
    Just ask five labor unions that used to represent Trib employees.

    Which is a glaring example of how libs love to tell others how to live their lives, but they’ll do as they like; they’re “above” us Neanderthals.

  7. LeePHilI says:

    Since McClatchy ignored contracts with five unions, that makes them “libs”?????

    Novel concept to say the least.

    I may take up drinking again….

    As to the cartoons, maybe people are tired of “birth certificate” jokes. No one likes a one trick pony.

    I think Mitt got that message last week.

  8. scooter6139 says:


    Who is in the national spotlight at this moment? Who has been for the past few weeks? Of course the cartoon of right now are all about Romney, Ryan, the GOP convention and issues swirling around taxes and abortion and idiots who open their mouth to insert foot (Akin). That is what editorial, satirical cartoons do; they represent what is here and now. Scroll back to some idiotic sound bite of the President and you would have seen scores of them! There seem to be plenty of Tampa and hurricanes right now.

    PS – I just went through all the cartoons going back to the week of July 16th. Not sure what editorial cartoons you were looking at but I saw plenty of Romney, GOP, Obama and DNC cartoons. Plus plenty of others not dealing with either camp. Your four count is not based in reality my clammy friend and it seems you are also missing a sense of humor. I found most of them amusing, including digs at the President.

  9. SandHills says:

    Well I guess the previous letter about the GOP convention site proves the TNT at least gives balanced coverage to silly letters from both camps…

  10. averageJose says:

    It’s a leftist cartoon and a leftist paper. It’s really that simple.

    Just because they are left of center doesn’t mean they support all unions Larry P.Hill. It’s just the typical prog mo.o. of do as I say not as I do.

  11. You don’t count very well, “scooty”. Obviously. But you do seem to have a lot of time on your hands. I suggest a re-count. Heck, I’ll even pay for this one.

    And irrespective of the lopsided count, don’t forget, there’s also the unfavorable light factor.

    But this is nothing new.


    Humor in politics is only funny when their are no favorites or sacred cows. Otherwise it’s just another example of MSM bias.

    That’s why bill maher can’t get a gig outside of hbo.

  12. averageJose says:

    scooter, I’m guessing the writer is referring to Doonsbury.

  13. Frankenchrist says:

    Doonesbury is the greatest comic strip ever.

  14. Frankenchrist says:

    Lyle think The Family Circus is the funniest comic since The Yellow Kid.

  15. What is it with Teapotters and their obsession with cartoons? Haven’t they learned to read books without pictures?

  16. Lyle……ummmm…..maybe Doonesbury could lampoon FDR’s cabinet too…..

    What is it about the phrase CURRENT events that you don’t fully comprehend?

    Again, you really don’t demonstrate an understanding of how political cartoons, or humor, functions.

  17. What’s a “Teapotter”? And how does observing obvious (typical) imbalance in political cartoons make Mr. Shields one?

  18. old_benjamin says:

    Why not more balance in Pravda under the Commies? It was the mouthpiece of the dominant ideology – like the NewsTrib today.

  19. I think ‘Opinion’ got lost in the discussion . . .

    If these cartoons ran on the front page as news we would have a problem!

    All the bias reflects is the education formed opinions of the writers.

  20. old_benjamin says:

    Education or indoctrination?

  21. MyBandito says:

    One either has a Right wing bias (indoctrinated) or one doesn’t. Those who don’t are considered to be Left wing.

  22. tacomabizguy says:

    I think we can all agree there is nothing balanced about this sad excuse for a local paper..

  23. Ortingmom says:

    Obama has been one long running cartoon, so it’s almost even

  24. old_benjamin says:

    Ah, Bandito, as at the New York Times, I’m sure. The Times own umpire says it has a left-wing bias, but the Times denies it.

    New flash: One’s bias keeps one from recognizing or admitting it.

  25. alindasue says:

    The focus this last couple weeks has been on Mitt Romney’s choice of running mate and the Republican party convention. The Democratic party convention is next week. I’m sure we’ll see more focus on the Democrats in the cartoons next week.

  26. Golly folks….the news cycle has been about Romney’s upcoming coronation at the ball and his choice for a dance partner (who Mitt assured his wife won’t replace her).

    But….if you want all the news to be about Obama – and therefore the majority of the political cartoon…..sure!

  27. Slow letter day.

  28. averageJose says:

    So true Ortingmom.

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