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Why didn’t Joint Chiefs complain about other dismembered soldier cartoon?

Nick Anderson is questioning why the Joint Chiefs of Staff didn’t get upset with a cartoon that Mike Luckovich ran on the 3rd of February that also depicted a dismembered soldier.

So cartoonist Nick Anderson, in an e-mail sent Tuesday to E&P, wondered why the Joint Chiefs didn’t get as angry with a Feb. 3 Mike Luckovich cartoon showing a U.S. soldier almost as badly injured. In that drawing, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution-based Luckovich made the point that the media seemed more concerned with the fate of injured ABC News co-anchor Bob Woodruff than the fate of the average soldier.

“I’m still waiting breathlessly for the Joint Chiefs of Staff to protest and demand an apology [for the Luckovich cartoon],” wrote Anderson, the 2005 Pulitzer Prize winner for The Courier-Journal of Louisville, Ky., and the Washington Post Writers Group. “I’m also waiting for the right-wing punditocracy to express horror that injured troops are being exploited to score political points. I’m still waiting. It’s been several days, and still no outrage. Perhaps it depends whose ox is being gored?”

The Luckovich cartoon in question is no longer posted on the AAEC or the Atlanta Journal-Constitution web site. You can see the cartoon on comcis.com

Community Comments

#1 Rebecca Thibodeaux
May/18/2006
@ 3:14 pm

W H Y wasn’t permission obtained from next of kin, to use the names of the 2,000 fallen soldiers in Luckovich’s comic, WHY? My son’s name is there, CPL Joseph Thibodeaux, Luckovich did not receive permission to use his name from me, his mother. I am angry at Luckovich and others, who continue to use my son’s name and picture, without permission, for their own political or monetary gain. Myself and other deceased soldier’s families have taken steps to stop this selfish and disrespectful use of deceased soldiers name and pictures without permission from next of kin. We have introduced a bill in the Louisiana Legislature http://www.legis.state.la.us/ bill HB1304 which will help. Oklahoma has recently passed such a bill and we are talking to other states to do the same. Respectfully Rebecca Thibodeaux

#2 Rebecca Thibodeaux
May/18/2006
@ 9:14 am

W H Y wasn’t permission obtained from next of kin, to use the names of the 2,000 fallen soldiers in Luckovich’s comic, WHY? My son’s name is there, CPL Joseph Thibodeaux, Luckovich did not receive permission to use his name from me, his mother. I am angry at Luckovich and others, who continue to use my son’s name and picture, without permission, for their own political or monetary gain. Myself and other deceased soldier’s families have taken steps to stop this selfish and disrespectful use of deceased soldiers name and pictures without permission from next of kin. We have introduced a bill in the Louisiana Legislature http://www.legis.state.la.us/ bill HB1304 which will help. Oklahoma has recently passed such a bill and we are talking to other states to do the same. Respectfully Rebecca Thibodeaux

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