Steve Benson: Civility For Thee…But Not For Me!by Don on Jan. 19, 2011, under Uncategorized
On January 16th, Pulitzer-Prize winning editorial columnist Steve Benson, of the Arizona Republic, posted a touching cartoon about the Tucson tragedy. On January 13th, he did not.
Please follow the link to Nick Gillespie’s article in Reason magazine about what Steve Benson—-presumably Arizona’s premier editorial cartoonist, given his Pulitzer Prize—wrote during one of the most trying times in recent Arizona history.
His 16 January cartoon is beautiful. It shows Christina Green wishing that all the adults would stop yelling at each other.
Does Steve Benson ever stop to think that maybe his cartoons stoke some of the anger behind that yelling?
Especially his 13 January cartoon, which shows Sarah Palin morphing into a Glock handgun.
Benson’s 13 January cartoon ran the day after the U of A memorial service.
Hey…I guess that, if you’re an editorial cartoonist, you’re an ubermensch. (Apologies to Nietzsche). Someone who’s above it all.
Everyone else needs to be civil, but…hey, you just have to be you. You get a pass that the rest of us don’t. You get to be you, and do your own thing. Mmmmkay…
IMO Steve Benson, and the editors of the Arizona Republic, weren’t very good citizens last Thursday. Of course it was their right to run that cartoon. But last week wasn’t really a week for focusing on ourselves, our own prerogatives and rights, was it?
Someone should tell that to Steve Benson. As if it would do any good.
Oh, and if the Arizona Republic wants to lecture anyone on civility and tone anytime soon, they should start with their editorial cartoonist, and then come to the rest of us.