Two more views of Rob Rogers’ termination—the first from a rightwing columnist who thinks the media is over-reacting and the outrage is fake:
A few things to mention: The writer used to work as an editorial page editor for the Investor’s Business Daily who, it should be noted, canned conservative cartoonist Michael Ramirez in 2016 when they dropped the print edition of the publication and laid off most of the staff.
Also, while Monica Showalter claims no one “howled” when conservative cartoonist Steve Kelley was fired from the more liberal San Diego Union-Tribune in 2001, she clearly was ignorant of the noise the AAEC and fellow cartoonists made about it at the time.
Finally, she cites Kelley’s later layoff from the New Orleans Time-Picayune (conveniently overlooking its more liberal stance) as the Newhouse chain slashed staff and cut back to its newspaper publication to three days a week—a drastic change that nobody, especially readers, liked.
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On the other end of the spectrum is the Comics Reporter, who writes that the situation with @Rob_Rogers is worse than it appears, and that the reasons given by the publisher are indicative of a far greater problem: the loss of a fair, open & honest press. Tom Spurgeon doesn’t hold back, but it’s short — go read the whole thing: http://www.comicsreporter.com/index.php/go_read_politico_article_unpacking_the_reasons_for_rob_rogers_firing/