Thursday, February 02, 2006

Beyond Tasteless

Kudos to the Joint Chiefs of Staff for putting pen to paper and publicly calling political cartoonist Tom Toles to task for this piece of trash.
Using the likeness of a service member who has lost his arms and legs in war as the central theme of a cartoon was beyond tasteless. Editorial cartoons are often designed to exaggerate issues, and The Post is obviously free to address any topic, including the state of readiness of the armed forces. However, The Post and Mr. Toles have done a disservice to readers and to The Post's reputation by using such a callous depiction of those who volunteered to defend this nation and, as a result, suffered traumatic and life-altering wounds.
While The Post and some of its readers may not agree with the war or its conduct, these men and women and their families are owed the decency of not having a cartoon make light of their tremendous physical sacrifices.
Personally, I can't think of anything that could make the Washington Post's reputation sink much lower than it already is, but that's just me.


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