Press Watch, “devoted to encouraging political journalists to fulfill their essential mission of creating an informed electorate,” is not happy with the current state of affairs as far as political cartoons featured on The Washington Post’s opinion pages (or the written opinion pieces either for that matter).
After praising The Post’s past (Herblock, Toles) Dan Froomkin points out Ann Telnaes as an oasis in a desert:
… What the Post opinion pages always excelled at, however, was political cartooning…
… And now, opinion editor David Shipley – installed a year ago by Post owner Jeff Bezos — has largely replaced political cartoons with a rotation of pathetic, unfunny “gag” cartoons that aren’t political at all. That is tragic.
Froomkin is not happy with the occupation of gag cartoons on the op-ed pages:
Technically, they’re “New Yorker style,” but they wouldn’t make the cut at Highlights, not to mention the New Yorker.