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Author: David Wallis
ISBN13: 978-0393329247
Title: Killed Cartoons: Casualties from the War on Free Expression
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Language: English
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Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (March 17, 2007)
Pages: 288

Killed Cartoons: Casualties from the War on Free Expression by David Wallis

Killed Cartoons book. Wallis has put together a thought provoking book intended to inform its audience about the fragile balance of the free press. The theme of killed cartoons is that the media has become to afraid of controversy.

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That’s another way of saying the book reads like a long, funny bitch fest, the kind to which anyone who has ever spent a few weeks in a troubled newsroom can relate. The book becomes significantly more interesting once it looks at cartoons killed for, well, saying something meaningful. Kirk Anderson’s 2002 cartoon about a cardinal as a fireman saving a priest from a burning church while leaving a child behind was killed by St. Paul Pioneer Press. Says Anderson, When I have done cartoons about the Catholic Church, I generally get e-mails like, ‘You’d never say this Jews.

Casualties from the War on Free Expression. Your purchase helps support NPR programming. Independent Booksellers. Presents an intriguing selection of one hundred cartoons, many ed, that were censored or suppressed for being too controversial, featuring the work of Gary Trudeau, Doug Marlette, Paul Conrad, Mike Luckovich, Matt Davies, Ted Rall, Norman Rockwell, Anita Kunz, Edward Sorel, and other notable artists.

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A few of the killed cartoons were interesting as well as the stories behind them but all in all I was glad it was a quick read. com Product Description (ISBN 0393329240, Paperback). One hundred political cartoons you wanted to see, but weren’t allowed to: all were banned for being too hot to handle. Think you live in a society with a free press? These celebrated cartoonists and illustrators found out otherwise.

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Casualties of the War on Free Expression.

One hundred political cartoons you wanted to see, but weren’t allowed to: all were banned for being too hot to handle.

Think you live in a society with a free press? These celebrated cartoonists and illustrators found out otherwise. Whether blasting Bush for his “Bring ’em on!” speech, spanking pedophile priests, questioning capital punishment, debating the disputed 2000 election, or just mocking baseball mascots, they learned that newspapers and magazines increasingly play it safe by suppressing satire. With censored cartoons, many unpublished, by the likes of Garry Trudeau, Doug Marlette, Paul Conrad, Mike Luckovich, Matt Davies, and Ted Rall (all Pulitzer Prize winners or finalists), as well as unearthed editorial illustrations by Norman Rockwell, Edward Sorel, Anita Kunz, Marshall Arisman, and Steve Brodner, you will find yourself surprised and often shocked by the images themselves―and outraged by the fact that a fearful editor kept you from seeing them. Needed now more than ever because of a neutered press that’s more lapdog than watchdog, Killed Cartoons will make you laugh, make you angry, and make you think.
Reviews: 7
The chosen topic of this book is right on. However, the analysis of the subject matter and chosen cartoons have been filtered through a very particular worldview lens. Who gets to decide when we are exercising free speech (considered a fundamental right) and when we are exercising hate speech (considered a taboo)? American journalist and attorney Glenn Greenwald aptly said, "Free speech, in the hands of many Westerners, actually means: it is vital that the ideas I like be protected, and the right to offend groups I dislike be cherished; anything else is fair game. It's free speech if it involves ideas I like or attacks groups I dislike, but it's something different when I am the one who is offended."
I think free speech is always a good thing, perhaps especially when it's way out of line. Most if not all of these cartoons fall into that category. As a conservative leaning independent who has voted liberal when that candidate was the best for the job, I note that the majority of these cartoons are liberals attacking conservatives. The American Criminal Liberties Union not withstanding, I've observed that the left is in the majority when political comment becomes vicious, petty and belittling. Perhaps that is due to the overwhelming majority of liberals in the media professions. It is interesting to find out that at least some of the most spiteful and malicious comments actually do not get into general circulation, though I suspect that is due more to cooler heads not wanting to be too obvious when dealing with what they see as the easily confused public. I, for one, would like to see all of these offensive cartoons published in every editorial page in the country. It might open a few eyes, which, of course, would not be a good thing for the left wing.
Readers will understand why these cartoons were killed and they should be all the more pissed off in knowing why.
This book was not what I expected...but it ended up being better. It's does feature cartoons that have been "killed" by various publications for various reasons but the focus is more on the reasons then the cartoons themselves. That said, I found it a very interesting read.
Still In Mind
Great book, insightful and a must read for anyone interested in political cartoons
and the editing process.
Highly recommend.
The Book was good enough it just wasnt quit what I was looking foward to
Killed Cartoons contains a good collection of censored cartoons by major practitioners like Gary Trudeau, Herblock, Mike Luckovich, and others but nothing before the 1930s. Surprisingly, there is even an illustration by "family friendly" artist Norman Rockwell. More pages are taken up with commentary than cartoons which is not really a problem except that the commentary precedes the cartoon. It should be the other way around. Disappointingly, the commentary often discusses cartoons which are not shown in the book.
Topics include abortion, sex, war, religion, pollution, corporate and government misbehavior, and the media itself. Commentary includes the varied reasons behind censorship: liberal or conservative editorial prejudices, left and right political correctness, scatological and sexual explicitness, simple bad taste, fear of reprisal by corporate sponsors, fanatics and fundamentalists, and fear of offending the sensibilities of their perceived audience. The author also points out that the nature of the cartoon as form of expression, its immediacy, and its power to evoke a gut level reaction also discourages nuance, subtlety, and "balance". This and its relative permanence as print media and its potential availability to young readers combine to make cartoons more heavily censored than, say, the routines of late night TV comedians. There is an intelligent discussion of the evolving nature of cartoons and their censorship but nothing groundbreaking here. This book is a worthy contribution to the study of media, exploring an aspect not always included in the general discussion, but it is not essential reading.
Some of them are out there

And some are just killed for a reason- they lacked creativity or didn’t make an efficient point

The author describes well why the cartoons were killed and where from and why

Well organized