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Syndicates Issue Statement re: Pulitzer Non-Award

The Big Three Comic Syndicates have released a joint statement on the Pulitzer Board’s 
decision to not award a Prize for the Editorial Cartooning category in 2021.
June 16, 2021:
Statement Regarding Pulitzer Committee’s Decision on 2020 Editorial Cartooning Award
A joint statement from Andrews McMeel Syndication, King Features and Creators Syndicate:
Andrews McMeel Syndication, King Features and Creators Syndicate disagree with the Pulitzer Prize Committee’s decision to decline naming a winner in the Editorial Cartooning category after citing three finalists who were shortlisted for the prize. We stand by the finalists Ken Fisher (Ruben Bolling), Lalo Alcaraz and Marty Two Bulls and all the other editorial cartoonists who brought world events to life in 2020.
The Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning is the highest accolade that cartoonists in this field can receive. In choosing to name no winner, the Committee fails to acknowledge the hard work of so many editorial cartoonists, particularly the work of cartoonists from underrepresented backgrounds, in a year of tremendous social and political change. This decision diminishes the prestige of the award and is disrespectful to the cartoonists working in the field. We believe that editorial cartooning is a vital part of political journalism, and we will continue to support our creators and the work that they do in these challenging times.

Community Comments

#1 Mike
@ 10:12 am

The Pulitzers have been openly discriminating against conservative cartooning for decades to the sound of crickets. My liberal colleagues are justified in being outraged. I know the feeling.-ML

#2 Paul Berge
@ 10:50 am

Michael Ramirez, 2009, 1994.
Steve Breen, 2008, 1998.

Keep trying, Mike.

#3 Mike Lester
@ 11:11 am

The idea that two cartoonists is anything near an equivalence I can only assume you’re not very good at math.

#4 Paul Berge
@ 12:52 pm

Well, that came to four awards, and only because I didn’t keep going back to name Jeff MacNelly, Dick Locher, Fred Packer, and whomever else.

Look, you do decent work, and maybe the powers that be will engrave your name on a Pulitzer someday. For that matter, I’d like to see Scott Stantis up for consideration, even if they overlook his editorial cartoons in favor of his comic strip. For the nonce, the Pulitzerians are unlikely to award any of your right-wing brethren who perpetuate The Big Lie or push KGB propaganda.

This year’s vote tells us what they think of bona fide left-wingers.

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