Editorial cartoonist Michael Ramirez spoke to Fox News Digital about The Washington Post pulling his Hamas cartoon and revealed some details of his contract with the paper, and if that relationship will continue.
The conservative-leaning Ramirez shed light on his working relationship with Post opinions editor David Shipley, who handpicked the anti-Hamas cartoon after the cartoonist provided multiple options for him to choose from.
“In this case, we both thought that was a bold cartoon,” Ramirez said.
During the course of discussing the cartoon, its implications, and The Post pulling it details of Michael’s employment with the paper were revealed.
Ramirez, who is employed by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, has a collaborative agreement with the Washington Post so that his work simultaneously appears in both papers on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
While the [Washington Post] ultimately retracted the anti-Hamas cartoon, the Review-Journal is standing behind it.
As for his future with The Washington Post:
“He knew that I wasn’t happy with it [the cartoon being yanked]… And he begged me not to quit,” Ramirez said. “And honestly, I thought about the consequences of that. If I quit, then the cancel culture people win because they basically exorcise the Washington Post of my cartoon, and I didn’t want to give them that luxury.”
“So I told David I would do two more cartoons for the Washington Post and just see how it goes and then reassess our relationship,” Ramirez added.
As for any further comments by Michael:
The two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning artist told Fox News Digital he will have a cartoon addressing what transpired published in Sunday’s edition of the Review-Journal [link added] and will pen a piece to accompany it.
Further reading: Michael Ramirez interview with The Washington Free Beacon.
Ramirez expressed his disappointment over his cartoon’s removal, calling the move “a blow against … the freedom of speech.”
“When the intellectually indolent try to defend the indefensible, they always seem to resort to playing the race card,” Ramirez told the Free Beacon.