From 25 May to 4 June, not a single one was published. Ideas that were rejected include a cartoon about immigrant children, which shows a likeness of Donald Trump snatching children from their parents.
Suppressing voices in any situation is bad. You want to have as many voices as you can and they are starting to have only one voice of the paper, and I think that goes against what a free press is all about – especially when silencing that voice is because of the president.
It is not racist to say that this country cannot take only the worst people from the worst places and that we want some of the best people from the best places, many of which are inhabited by people of color. That’s not racism, it is reason.
When I had lunch with my new boss a few months ago he informed me that the paper's publisher believed the editorial cartoonist was akin to an editorial writer, and that his views should reflect the philosophy of the newspaper.
That was a new one to me.
I was trained in a tradition in which editorial cartoonists are the live wires of a publication – as one former colleague put it, the 'constant irritant'.
Since his dismissal, many of his fans have taken to Twitter to share their disgust at the paper's decision. One said:
So much for press freedom. Shame on you Pittsburgh PG.