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Stephanie Eisner is not longer at the U. Texas newspaper over the racist cartoon of T. Martin

Posted by streetcarman1 on Thu Mar 29 08:37:21 2012

Somethings never change in the South.......


http://digitaltexan.net/2012/austin-local-news/daily-texan-stephanie-eisner-caves-pressure-trayvon-martin-cartoon/article30463/

Cartoonist "no longer works for The Daily Texan"
The Daily Texan editors and Stephanie Eisner cave in over Trayvon Martin cartoon

March 28, 2012 By John Hambrick

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Update 7:30 p.m. – The Daily Texan Editorial Board issued a public apology for the cartoon and have announced that Eisner no longer works for the paper. The editors did not clarify if Eisner was fired or quit. Read the statement here.

An angry Trayvon Martin mob descended on The Daily Texan Wednesday and confronted the paper’s editors. They protesters are angry with the editors over what some are saying is a racist editorial cartoon published on Tuesday.

One protester waved a sign that read, “The Daily Texan, racist since 1900.”

You might think that this could be a teachable moment for the budding student journalists. Instead of standing up for the First Amendment, the editors folded like a cheap suit and tried to in vain to convince protesters they are not racists.

Robert Quigley, a journalism professor at the University of Texas, tweeted that The Daily Texan’s editors are going to publish a formal apology.

Students decry the ignorance, wonder where the editorial oversight was. Editors say they are sorry and will publish a formal apology.

What Quigley failed to realize is that the Eisner’s cartoon was meant to stoke debate. It was meant to point out that it is the media that is stoking the flames of racism. But like many today, political correctness and the fear of criticism.

What the editors don’t know is that there is no rational debate or conversation you can have about the Martin shooting. It’s all driven by anger and emotions. Not even the media is providing facts. They are reporting on the emotion.

If someone is calling you a racist, you will never convince them that you are not.

The whole hub-bub started Tuesday after The Daily Texan published an editorial cartoon by Stephine Eisner. The cartoon was meant to lambast the media for engaging in “yellow journalism”. What got people upset is that they only saw one phrase in the drawing and that phrase was “colored boy”.

The editors issued a statement late Tuesday distancing themselves from the cartoon, but standing behind Eisner.

The views expressed in the cartoon are not those of the editorial board. They are those of the artist. It is the policy of the editorial board to publish the views of our columnists and cartoonists, even if we disagree with them.

But once the national media picked up the story, the pressure on the paper’s editors increased and they cracked. The editors backtracked and lost the high ground to the Martin mob.

Eisner issued an apology to the media on Wednesday and also made the mistake of trying to convince people that she is not a racist.

I apologize for what was in hindsight an ambiguous cartoon related to the Trayvon Martin shooting. I intended to contribute thoughtful commentary on the media coverage of the incident, however this goal fell flat.

I would like to make it explicitly clear that I am not a racist, and that I am personally appalled by the killing of Trayvon Martin. I regret any pain the wording or message of my cartoon may have caused.

Sorry Stephanie, responding to an untruth is only going to get you deeper in the muck.

Maybe Eisner apologized because she didn’t want the Black Panthers or Spike Lee sending a hit squad to her or her family’s home.

Spike Lee tweeted out what he thought was the address of shooter George Zimmerman’s home, presumably in the hope that someone would pay him a visit. The Black Panthers have publicly issued a paid bounty for Zimmerman’s head.

The Trayvon Martin case has simply gotten out of control. It’s mob rule now.



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