The New Yorker just can’t seem to catch a break lately when it comes to news about their famed cartoons. Another cartoon has been spotted that is very similar to a Jeff Darcy cartoon (editorial cartoonist for the Plain Dealer) that was published two years ago. The New Yorker carton was done by Paul Noth who defended the cartoon when contacted by a Wall Street Journal health blogger saying that he hadn’t seen Darcy’s cartoon until the blogger emailed it to him.
He was also quoted as saying:
“On two occasions in the past I’ve killed cartoons the New Yorker had accepted because in the months (and sometimes years) that can intervene between the acceptance of a cartoon and its appearance in the magazine I discovered that someone else had a similar joke,” he told us. “I’m also aware that the New Yorker’s fact checking department goes through a lot of trouble to make sure this doesn’t happen.”
I for one believe Paul. The cartoon seemed a bit obvious given the subject matter of the relationship between doctors and pharmaceutical companies. I question how effective the New Yorker fact checking department can be for cartoons that are almost completely visual. Sure they can run gags and captions through a keyword search to make sure punch-lines aren’t being recycled, but when you have thousands of images – how can you really fact check that?