By John Peters
October 25, 2013
To the Editor,
I was extremely disappointed to see the syndicated political cartoon chosen by the Mount Airy News for the Oct. 19 edition. This cartoon placed key political figures of the Tea Party on the stars of the confederate flag, with the quote: “Stars of the Tea Party.”
Since there are those that associate the confederate flag with racism, it seems that this was an attempt to portray these political figures as such. When one does not want to debate the issues, one will often demonize in an effort to discredit the opposition. It is an incredibly short sighted assumption to imply that all those who disagree with the President simply do so because he is bi-racial. According to the most recent polls, so beloved by the media, a majority of Americans disagree with this President on the idea of government run healthcare, as well as a host of other issues.
I would assert that it is highly unlikely that all of these people disagree solely because the President is bi-racial. I have been outraged at the clear bias with which the Mount Airy News chooses syndicated political cartoons to publish. There have been far more cartoons which assail conservatives than those which speak negatively about liberals. Just like church signs, these cartoons speak powerful messages, and often reach many, who for a variety of reasons, don’t read the other articles.
While I realize that this cartoon was found on an opinion page and that the Mount Airy News does publish letters from all aspects of the political spectrum, it is still dangerous to paint people with a broad brush and make implications that can not be proven. I hope the Mount Airy News will be more careful with the printed news monopoly that they possess in this city, apologize for this implication, and make better choices in the future.