Dallas Morning News to Stop Running Cartoonist Behind Insulting Trump Panel

The Dallas Morning News will stop running a cartoonist who embedded an insulting expletive toward President Donald Trump in an editorial cartoon that appeared in hundreds of newspapers last weekend.The cartoon by Wiley Miller, the artist behind the widely distributed Non Sequitur cartoon strip, depicted a seemingly harmless bear in the likeness of Leonardo DaVinci. The bear is shown recreating DaVinci's famous works with bears as the characters. The vulgar statement directed at the president can be found written almost unintelligibly at the bottom right hand corner of the second of three panels. "We fondly say go (expletive) yourself Trump," the panel said. It set off a backlash on social media that started Sunday night.Mike Wilson, editor of The News, said the newspaper had published plenty of Miller's controversial comics but this one went too far."We don't mind political commentary in comics, as long as we have a chance to vet it and it meets our standards for publication," Wilson said. "Unfortunately, this time the artist decided to go around his editors and even his own syndicate to publish something he must have known we wouldn't accept. We can't trust him, so we are done with Non Sequitur."Wilson called it one of "the easier editing decisions we will make all year. We'll have no trouble finding a better way to spend the $8,000 we would've paid for that strip."In a tweet Sunday night, Miller urged readers to look for the remark. "Some of my sharp-eyed readers have spotted a little Easter egg from Leonardo Bear-Vinci. Can you find it?" Miller wrote.  Continue reading...

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