The Washington Post yanks "monkey" cartoon of Cruz daughters

  • 23 December 2015
  • NormanL
The Washington Post yanks "monkey" cartoon of Cruz daughters

Senator Ted Cruz got an early Christmas gift, of sorts, from the Washington Post when one of its editorial cartoonists decided it would be good fun to portray his young daughters as monkeys:

The animation by Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Ann Telnaes sparked immediate controversy and was later taken down by the Post. 

Telnaes also posted a tweet showing the image on Tuesday, which stated that "Ted Cruz uses his kids as political props." It was later deleted. 

The cartoon — which portrayed Cruz in a Santa outfit with an organ-grinder and daughters Catherine, 4, and Caroline, 7, as monkeys — was replaced by a notefrom editorial page editor Fred Hiatt, explaining that it had generally been the Post's policy "to leave children out of it."

Hiatt said: "I failed to look at this cartoon before it was published. I understand why Ann thought an exception to the policy was warranted in this case, but I do not agree." 

Telnaes was herself unapologetic, posting a link on Twitter to a parody campaign ad released by Cruz's campaign which showed him reading Christmas stories to his daughters with titles such as "How Obamacare Stole Christmas" and "Rudolph the Underemployed Reindeer." That ad aired during the most recent episode "Saturday Night Live."

Hiatt, who edits the Post's editorial page, is being too cute by half.

He knew what was going on his page. He and his paper reaped the traffic (and ad dollars) from it. He's apologising all the way to the bank.

As for the "cartoonist" in question...we get it. You want to be edgy. You want to be noticed, and praised for your correct thinking and cheekiness.

We look forward to you applying your cartooning skills to the Obama daughters, the Clinton grandchildren, and the offspring of other Democratic pols.