Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Washington Post Cartoonist Portrays Ted Cruz' Daughters As Monkeys On A Leash
The Washington Post published a cartoon by Ann Telnaes of Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz in which his daughters were portrayed as monkeys tied to an old music box he's shown cranking. Post editor Fred Hiatt yanked the cartoon off The Post's website after some conservatives criticized the newspaper for breaking the cardinal rule of leaving the candidate's children out of politics. "It’s generally been the policy of our editorial section 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 unapologetic. "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)," Telnaes wrote. "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." I don't recall Telnaes making any cartoon parodying Obama's daughters, who have been frequently used as props by him at White House events and in his past political campaigns.
Breitbart notes that children of Republican candidates never seem to be off limits when it comes to the mainstream media.