Sun-Sentinel Chan Lowe is posting cartoons on his blog "that never ran in the paper due to narrow thinking or lack of imagination on the part of some editor." The sketch above is one that editorial page editor Antonio Fins vetoed. Lowe explains:
In this particular case, I showed the above sketch to Editorial Page Editor Tony Fins, who said, "I don't get it."
I explained that Bush had indicated that he wanted the Guantanamo military tribunals to be conducted like the Nuremberg war crimes trials after World War II. I looked up the counts upon which the Nuremberg charges were based, and lo and behold, Count One was "Conspiracy To Wage Aggressive War."
I thought this was rather ironic in light of the moral bankruptcy of our pretenses for going to war in Iraq, and felt that what was sauce for the goose should be sauce for the gander.
Editorial Page Editor Tony Fins' take:
"Unlike Chan, I'm not as well-versed on the language in the Nuremberg counts and indictments. But I do know this much, we're not Nazis. It's not an appropriate comparison, even if it's a joke."
The most recent reject posted by Chan had to do with the implication that Rush Limbaugh was getting some Viagra-fueled pleasure from Ann Coulter. The Pulp's take: Both these cartoons would help give the Sentinel an edge they sorely need. Lee Abrams, if you really want your Tribune newspapers to "have such an impact on the imagination that people dream about us," free Chan Lowe!