[Las Vegas] Review-Journal editorial cartoonist and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Ramirez shared his illustration process and stressed the importance of a free press during a talk to kick off FreedomFest, an annual gathering for conservatives held at Paris Las Vegas.
Ramirez explained to a crowd of a few dozen that most of his work involves intense research in order to form a clear idea, with the actual illustration coming almost as a byproduct. He explained that he was out to draw three things: a conclusion, then a cartoon, then — he hopes — blood.
Ramirez said journalism, with editorial cartooning as a component, is “the first line of defense” against government abuses, which is why the Founding Fathers included freedom of the press in the Bill of Rights…
He shared a variety of cartooning examples, many of which were critical of former President Barack Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
But Michael is not adverse to criticizing Republicans when they stray from his conservative principles.
An example would be today’s cartoon: