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Slap in the face to the NYSP

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I received a call from a NYSP Trooper thoroughly disgusted by a cartoon printed ONE DAY after NY State Trooper David Brinkerhoff was laid to rest in the Buffalo News. The cartoon was done by Adam Zyglis and after the paper recieved numerous complaints the Editor printed the following justifying the cartoon. I guess they forgot about NYSP Trooper AJ Sperr who was killed "because there is no death penalty for killing a cop" according the the killers co conspirator. This is the editorial she printed:

Zyglis cartoon
There's a bit of a buzz around town today about Adam Zyglis' editorial cartoon published in Thursday's News.

Zyglis never avoids highly charged issues, and the death this week of the state trooper certainly is that.

But some people are interpreting the editorial cartoon as a slap at state troopers, perhaps because the death of State Trooper David Brinkerhoff was the result of friendly fire, and that's a sensitive subject. Brinkerhoff was eulogized as a hero Wednesday at his funeral. And he certainy was that.

However, Zyglis said that his editorial cartoon was not a criticism of state troopers, but of those who jumped on Brinkerhoff's death as a way to push their agenda for the death penalty in New York State.

"I'm criticizing the immediate response of a group of people who want to bring back the death penalty before knowing all the facts [of the trooper's death], Zyglis told me Thursday afternoon. "I was attacking their logic."

Readers often jump to conclusions about editorial cartoons, especially if the opinion illustrated in the cartoon doesn't agree with their beliefs. In a country that cherishes the First Amendment, criticizing and disagreeing is just fine.

But, it gets a bit dicey when people "read into" an editorial cartoon and assign a viewpoint that was not the intention of the artist.

Go back and look at Zyglis' cartoon again, this time with wider eyes. I think you'll interpret it as a commentary on the move for the death penalty, just as it was intended

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Can you post a link to the cartoon?

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Here is a link to an editorial cartoon I found at EditorialCartoonists.com.

http://editorialcartoonists.com/cartoon/display.cfm/34790/

Hopefully this works (at least copying ans pasting...I'm not that computer literate:-).