Newspaper apologizes for editorial cartoon

Editorial cartoonists usually get pretty wide latitude.

This was too wide.

The Albuquerque Journal printed cartoonist Sean Delonas’ work this week anyway, sparking a backlash and prompting the publisher of the conservative-leaning newspaper to apologize. The paper has editorialized for a path to citizenship for “Dreamers.”

Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., said it was an attempt to doom any agreement on what to do about people who were brought here illegally as children.

This afternoon, the paper’s editor, Karen Moses, issued an apology:

Political cartoons are often satire and poke at more than one point of view. I do not presume to know what cartoonist Sean Delonas was trying to convey in his cartoon that was published in Wednesday’s Albuquerque Journal. But on one level it appeared to us to be poking at President Trump’s rhetoric by portraying a quaking Republican couple who were painting Dreamers with a broad, totally false, brush.

Obviously, that was not the message received by many readers. Instead, many saw an extremely objectionable cartoon and thought that was the position of the Journal. It is not.

In hindsight, instead of generating debate, this cartoon only inflamed emotions. This was not the intent, and for that, the Journal apologizes.

I repeat that the Albuquerque Journal does not condone racism or bigotry in any form.

I also want to reiterate that we do not agree with many of the opinions expressed on the editorial pages, which are intended to encourage debate. Also, the editorial board decides what to publish on these pages, and that is separate from the newsroom and its reporters.

Moses, who has had two days to find out what Delonas was trying to convey, can’t possibly be surprised that Delonas inflammed racial and ethnic tensions. It’s what he does.

And from an editorial point of view, if you don’t know what a writer or cartoonist is trying to say, why print it?

  • Robert Moffitt

    I can’t imagine the Star Tribune ever having to apologize for a Steve Sack cartoon.

    I do find some of the syndicated pieces they publish when Steve’s on break more than a little jarring.

  • >>I repeat that the Albuquerque Journal does not condone racism or bigotry in any form.

    I also want to reiterate that we do not agree with many of the opinions expressed on the editorial pages, which are intended to encourage debate. Also, the editorial board decides what to publish on these pages, and that is separate from the newsroom and its reporters.<<

    In fact, I wasn't even in the room at the time. Yeah, that's it, I wasn't even there…I was at lunch, with my wife…um, Morgan Fairchild (whom I've slept with).

    Yeah, that's the ticket…

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9737e7f9051336bba1e2369fdf384067bd9d50981eff564c4c32d1d7c05c4711.jpg

  • MikeB

    They looked at it, saw no issues and ran it. Then after the blow back they looked at it again, closer. OOhhhhhhhh……..now I see it

  • Gary F

    “future Democrats”?? It’s true isn’t it?

    • Jerry

      Yeah, that’s the part people took offense at.

    • That’s what happens when one political party continues to malign a particular group while the other political party works in that group’s interests.

      Funny how that works.

      • Jerry

        Somebody has to appeal to the scared white person demographic I guess.

    • Well, that’s really the interesting thing. Immigrants , particularly Hispanic immigrants, have core values — particularly social values — that aligned with the pre-purge Republican Party. The GOP has really been commiting suicide of its future by becoming the party of white people more so than the part of fiscal conservatism and limited government, which, of course, was its pedigree. This, of course, follows the civil war within the party in which the Goldwater/Reaganites waged war with the Rockfeller/Lodge crowd for the soul of the party. And then came the civil war within the Goldwater/Reaganite factions…and so on and so forth.

      To the extent that their former base is no longer in their “tent”, Republicans have made the mistake of believing that’s a problem with their former base.

      The difference between Democrats and Republicans is that every Republican power war results in the losers being thrown out of the party. Democrats just don’t ever stop fighting with each other.

      Eventually, with the GOP plan, you run of “winners”.

      • Robert Moffitt

        “The GOP has really been commiting suicide of its future…”

        You meant to write the GOP’s future died by suicide.

      • theoacme

        I’ve always been an independent, but tended to lean Democratic…

        …but I got thrown out of any chance of ever leaning Democratic ever again when the Democrats, at the organizational level, believed in the same “free-market” principles of privatized gains and socialized losses that the Republicans do…

        …and that was confirmed when John Lewis defamed Bernie Sanders, and lied by omission about Bill and Hillary Clinton, on behalf of Clinton in 2016, and the DNC never disciplined Lewis…

        …so, since whether I vote Republican or Democratic, I will lose, why should I believe, not just in these parties, but the entire political, economic, mass communications, and corporatively organized religious establishment of the country that I had no choice of being born in, the country in which I had no choice after birth of ratifying or rejecting my forced-by-birth citizenship, and the country that both Democrats and Republicans have told me that “if you don’t like it, leave”?

      • >>Hispanic immigrants, have core values — particularly social values — that aligned with the pre-purge Republican Party<<

        I was going to say the exact same thing…

    • Rob

      Yup. Thank you, Republicans at the local, state and national levels, for saying and doing odious things regarding immigration.

    • jon

      3 guys armed, walking around open carrying…

      Yeah, future democrats… Why not… we’ll take the NRA and the rest of the ammosexual votes too.
      I mean voting against your own interests hasn’t been an issue for them so far, so why start worrying about it now!

  • Gary F
    • “White flight”…how refreshing (and 1960’s) of her.

      You noticed the main reason for people leaving, right?

      “But topping the list is the high cost of housing.”

      • Jerry

        Nobody wants to live there anymore, it’s too popular.

    • Last paragraph.

      • Gary F

        That too. Her John Galt moment.

        • A million bucks will go a long way in Nashville, which doesn’t have an ocean out the back window.

          • So, it’s mainly about money? Who knew?

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcOPz7Kby1A

          • Jerry

            It’s the conservative dream. Using the opportunities provided by the services of a high tax region to make your money, then retire to a low tax region to keep it. It’s eating your cake and having it too.

    • RBHolb

      A comment by one person is so illuminating of . . . what, exactly?