Filed under “Yeah, no” The Buffalo News took a rare stand (for editorial page editors that is) and told a reader in Letters to the Editor that No, they are NOT going to remove their editorial cartoonist just because the reader was offended by an opinion they didn’t agree with.
Of course, the statement would have had a lot more weight if The News hadn’t recently furloughed their staff cartoonist Adam Zyglis and removed him from the paper for a few weeks.
Speaking of removal, it appears that most if not all of the remaining staff cartoonists at newspapers owned by Lee Enterprises and Gannett (aka the shambling corpse of GateHouseMedia) have been furloughed for several weeks. The Daily Cartoonist has the breakdown:
In addition to Adam Zyglis, Phil Hands, David Fitzsimmons and Bruce Plante were affected by the furloughs. Newspapers have been particularly hard hit by the global coronavirus shutdown and the loss of advertising revenue, and have been slashing staff jobs and salaries.