Pittsburgh Post Gazette editorial cartoonist fired for anti-Trump cartoons

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https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/6/14/1771999/-Award-winning-cartoonist-is-fired-after-25-years-because-of-political-cartoons-critical-of-Trump

I deeply believe this is something Anthrocon should formally protest. While the First Amendment only applies to laws passed by the Federal and State govenments, this is a supression of freedom of speech, evidently by a publisher who feels only pro-Trump sentiments should be allowed in his publication.

Before alt-furs start shouting "good riddance," would you be equally happy if a pro-Trump cartoonist was fired? Trump is on the record as adoring tyrants who demand absolute loyalty and complete control over their country and population. (Note his praise for Kim Jong-il, and his insults towards any of allies who dare disagree with him.) That is not the kind of future any of us should want for America - except evidently for the publisher of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.

 

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Greetings, Joe!

  

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I deeply believe this is something Anthrocon should formally protest.

   Protest what, exactly?  And to whom?  What would be Anthrocon's grievance?  How is Anthrocon aggrieved?

  

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...this is a supression of freedom of speech, evidently by a publisher who feels only pro-Trump sentiments should be allowed in his publication.

   Ah!  But that very same amendment guarantees that publisher the right to print - or NOT to print - anything he wants, short of libel or secrets related to the National Security (and even in that peculiar circumstance, the government must demonstrate to the satisfaction of a magistrate that the actual security of the nation is at risk, and especially so in the case of a request for a pre-publication "prior restraint").

  ...Of course, most Sane publishers exercise their option to print/not print (or carry/not carry) opinion pieces, columns, editorial cartoons and letters from the public strictly to the contents of the Opinion and Editorial (Op/Ed) page, as established by a long and colorful tradition in this country (Smart and Savvy publishers avoid meddling in the news content and reportage which is the domain of their editors, who oversee the objectivity, newsworthiness and overall quality of coverage for the rest of the rag)...

   After all - that is what publishers are paying for, and they are under no obligation to print or pay for the dissemination of opinion contrary to their own personal beliefs or self-interests - although both history and past financial success suggest that to do so leads to a healthier publication, and a better informed (and thus, a better governed) public, as well.

   THAT is what the first amendment protects - NOT public access to a forum paid for by others.

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   Your second paragraph I completely agree with.

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I'd just end up retyping what Vulpus Rex already said. This is not an AC concern per se, so there's no reason for AC to get involved. Newspapers can print or hire who they want. If people don't like it, they vote with their money and don't buy the newspaper. That's capitalism in action.

Just as there's no constitutional right to AC or its forums (or Facebook, say), there's none for any newspaper. The newspaper owners can switch to printing nothing but dreck, and Facebook can delete ANY or ALL its content with no warning whatsoever. Consumers don't need to patronize either- so don't be shocked when expecting, say, Facebook, to always act fairly and suddenly see them do something insane in your opinion. Both they and newspapers can do what they want as long as they're in business.

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Inasmuch as some staff members of Anthrocon (Including myself) may strongly diagree with the firing, it is a matter unrelated to the convention. 

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