So what happened to Canadian editorial cartoonist Michael de Adder? That’s the mystery going around the media community this week. He announced on Twitter over the weekend that he had been cut off from publishing in some of the newspapers owned by Brunswick News Inc., where his work has appeared.June 28, 2019
It looks like the journalist is trying to cry wolf when using this cartoon as the reason for his firing and instead he was probably fired for just not being that good.
The decision came two days after a seriously awful cartoon he drew suddenly went viral on social media. It depicted President Trump standing by a golf cart, looking down at the bodies of the illegal immigrant father and daughter who recently drowned while attempting to cross the river to reach our border. The President is asking, “Mind if I play through?” People immediately began to speculate that he’d lost his position because of that drawing.
It was absolutely a disgusting cartoon, but not really that much more shocking than other work that’s been published, particularly during this administration. Political cartoonists frequently go for shock value as a way of generating buzz and growing their audience. And as much as I might have found it offensive, it rankles to see someone lose their job over it.
But is that really what happened? This is where the mystery comes in. First, notice that de Adder made no mention of the Trump cartoon when he announced he had been let go. He certainly left the question open for others to make that assumption, but he didn’t claim it himself.