We’re looking for the Redbook vibe. You know, nonoffensive to the point where you don’t even know we exist…
Hot on the heels of getting rid of Jay Blotcher under the ridiculous guise of avoiding conflicts of interest (as documented over at Atrios) the New York Times has now dropped Ted Rall off of NYTimes.com because he causes conflicting emotions in people. And we can’t have that now, can we?
NYTimes.com said it canceled the use of Ted Rall’s editorial cartoons effective March 1 because they didn’t fit “the tone” of the popular Web site.
When asked why the decision was made, New York Times Digital Spokesperson Christine Mohan said in an e-mail: “After two years of monitoring cartoons by Ted Rall we decided that, while he often does good work, we found some of his humor was not in keeping with the tone we try to set for NYTimes.com … While NYTimes.com and its parent company support the right of free expression, we also recognize an obligation to assure our users that what we publish, no matter what its origin, does not offend the reasonable sensibilities of our audience.”
Of course, you remember this cartoon that got the freepers camouflage knickers in a twist? My god, he was criticizing the Lisa “Let’s Roll™” Beamers of the world! How dare he? Rall had to go, and now he’s gone, from the NYTimes.com at least.
Make room for Marmaduke.
Go back to sleep….