Perilous Times for Political Cartoonists


Clay Jones’ cartoon yesterday was about the Social Media Summit and political cartoonists.

Clay expanded on his thoughts, about the Executive Branch’s desire for what amounts to a state run media, in his column following the cartoon:

Donald Trump is hosting a “social media summit” today at the White House. This morning, he tweeted, “A big subject today at the White House Social Media Summit will be the tremendous dishonesty, bias, discrimination and suppression practiced by certain companies. We will not let them get away with it much longer. The Fake News Media will also be there, but for a limited period.”

So, Trump is having a tantrum over “bias” and “discrimination” but he’s only invited people who are extremely friendly to him and he’s going to shut out the press.

And Clay has some thoughts about the attendees in general and Ben Garrison in particular:

I don’t have a problem that he’s a conservative cartoonist or that he even loves Trump something fierce…

My problem is he’s mistaken for a political cartoonist when he’s a propagandist. What’s the difference? For starters, a political cartoonist would NOT accept an invite to help a politician advance their agenda, even one that wasn’t based on conspiracy theories.


Read the cartoon and the column,

and then watch as Clay draws the cartoon.