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"It was his timing, and timing is everything. Yes, the tent embassy people overreacted. But Abbott is a politician, and as such he is supposed to be a diplomat. He must be diplomatic inside the country as well as outside.
"I don't always agree with Moir's views, but I make no apology for them. In this country, cartoonists are free to express their views in this way even when their subjects, sometimes famously, object.
And another: "This is taking Orange Hermes Bag his anti Abbott campaign too far. His depiction of such an act of violence, metaphorical or otherwise, is disgusting and unworthy of a place in the Herald."
"This is a freedom of speech denied cartoonists in many other parts of the world, where some have even paid with their lives for mocking the powers that be."
Until last week, Alan Moir's "I yam wot I yam ." series of cartoons depicting the Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott, as a brawny, biffin' and buffin', spin eating Popeye who destroys everything he touches had attracted only one adverse comment.
"And this is a series in which he is bopping everyone: refugees, Gillard. This is just the latest one."
"Australian journalism has a strong tradition of allowing cartoonists the freedom to express their views. We allow political cartoonists to hold up a mirror to society using humour, pathos and caricature to capture the point they wish to make.
as 'looking scared', with its inference of fear and weakness."
Moir stands by the cartoon, saying Abbott's unscripted response to the unscripted question about the 40th anniversary of the Aboriginal tent embassy showed a lack of political acumen.
and interpret it as they choose. His call; his opinion.
Until last week, Alan Moir's ''I yam wot I yam '' series of cartoons depicting the Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott, as a brawny, biffin' and buffin', spin eating Popeye who destroys everything he touches had attracted only one adverse comment. A reader said Abbott was just down the road with Gillard at an awards ceremony, but he chose to focus on the person ''who started the ball rolling, Abbott, a potential prime minister''. His call; his opinion.
Editors can, and have, rejected cartoons but it is rare because cartoonists have an important and independent role, and an extremely close bond with their readers.
A reader said Moir had gone to "a very dark place" with his incitement in a drawing in August that "Hate will find a way" and "All you need is hate".
Maybe, maybe not, but subeditors and page editors should keep in mind that brilliant images need no embellishing.
Cartoonists are not reporters whose job demands they report the facts fairly, honestly and accurately.
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The Herald's editor, Amanda Wilson, says: "Alan Moir is a political columnist whose medium is cartooning. The space is his to fill every day. As editor, I cherish the freedom of expression he and others such as Cathy Wilcox have to express their views and opinions visually.
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"I thought that the cartoonist's task was to highlight the truth, not to distort it," said one. Balenciaga City Bag 2017
(And for accuracy's sake, although the cartoon does depict Abbott in an unflattering light, to put it mildly, of the last 10 published Moirs four roasted Gillard and two lampooned Abbott in his Rambo Popeye guise. Few would say that could be construed as an "anti Abbott campaign".)
A reader criticised this caption on a page one photo of Gillard in Friday's print edition: "Below: looking scared as she is huddled away." In the reader's opinion, and mine, she did not look in the least bit scared.
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Some readers felt he had revisited that dark place with Friday's cartoon depicting Popeye biffing a man holding the Aboriginal flag as the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, lies supine, apparently knocked out, in the background.
On another, related matter, whereas a cartoon is an image from one person's mind, a photograph captures a moment, and often needs no words to accompany it. Sometimes, to be honest, that would be best.
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