Can you imagine the outcry if this cartoon depicted other Democratic Children?
“Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz slammed the Washington Post Tuesday for publishing a cartoon appearing to depict his children as monkeys.
Ann Telnaes, a Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist, argued that because the Texas senator had used his children as “political props” in a recent Christmas parody infomercial they were “fair game.”
“There is an unspoken rule in editorial cartooning that a politician’s children are off-limits. People don’t get to choose their family members so obviously it’s unfair to ridicule kids for their parent’s behavior while in office or on the campaign trail-besides, they’re children. There are plenty of adults in the political world that act childish, so their is no need for an editorial cartoonist to target actual children.
I’ve kept to that rule, except when the children are adults themselves or choose to indulge in grown-up activities (as the Bush twins did during the George W Bush presidency). But when a politician uses his children as political props, as Ted Cruz recently did in his Christmas parody video in which his eldest daughter read(with her father’s dramatic flourish)a passage of an edited Christmas classic, then I figure they are fair game”
Caroline Cruz is seven-years-old and Catherine Cruz is five-years-old.
Cruz turned to Twitter Tuesday evening to take a jab at the “classy” Post.
A representative for the Post could not be reached for comment in time for publication by TheBlaze.
UPDATE, 8:40 p.m. ET: The Washington Post retracted the cartoon and replaced it with an editor’s note from Fred Hiatt. It reads:
It’s generally been the policy of our editorial section to leave children out of it. 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.”