Saturday, April 27, 2013

Sacramento Bee Runs Cartoon Making Fun of Texas Disaster

National Review Online -- Sacramento’s leading newspaper ran an editorial cartoon by its Jack Ohman making light of the recent explosion in West, Texas, that left 15 dead and at least 160 injured.
Ohman defended himself on the paper’s website, arguing that the cartoon was “published to make a point” about the dangers of Texas’s taking pride in its light regulations. Earlier this year, Texas governor Rick Perry visited California and released a radio ad trying to woo companies to his more business-friendly state, explaining its favorable tax and regulatory climate.
In response on Friday Texas Gov. Rick Perry wrote the following letter to the paper:

Re “Business is booming in Texas” (Editorial cartoon, April 25): It was with extreme disgust and disappointment I viewed your recent cartoon. While I will always welcome healthy policy debate, I won’t stand for someone mocking the tragic deaths of my fellow Texans and our fellow Americans.

Additionally, publishing this on the very day our state and nation paused to honor and mourn those who died only compounds the pain and suffering of the many Texans who lost family and friends in this disaster. The Bee owes the community of West, Texas an immediate apology for your detestable attempt at satire.

– Gov. Rick Perry, Austin, Tex.

The cartoonist and paper continue to defend their publishing of the cartoon and there has not been the slightest hint of an apology.
Blog author's comments - I wonder if it crossed the mind of the cartoonist for a moment that human beings were tragically killed in an accident? He wanted to put the blame for the explosion at the fertilizer plant on Gov. Rick Perry. Why would the editorial staff of the paper approve of this cartoon? They obviously agree.

But, what else can we expect from a liberal state like California that elects the likes of Pelosi, Boxer, Feinstein, Waters, Waxman and Gov. Jerry Brown to represent them year after year? How can the cartoonist Ohman possibly know that Governor Perry's policies caused this tragedy? With all the different regulatory agencies involved (both Federal and State), it's going to take some time to determine exactly what caused this. It was a horrible accident. The cartoon was totally inappropriate.

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