Iowa cartoonist fired for criticizing big ag CEOs

Posted by | May 4, 2016 14:09 | Filed under: Mark Quincy Adams Media/Show Business News Behaving Badly

Big corporate agriculture has squeezed the small farmer yet again. This time by squashing the free speech of a long time humorous cartoonist of a small Iowa newspaper.

For more than twenty years Rick Friday’s cartoons were published by Farm News, a weekly publication of the Fort Dodge Mess

enger. However, he was instantly and unceremoniously fired when his latest illustration dared to criticize the pay of agriculture corporations CEOs.

Mr. Friday expressed his dismay and disappointment in a Facebook post to his followers:

I am no longer the Editorial Cartoonist for Farm News due to the attached cartoon which was published yesterday. Apparently a large company affiliated with one of the corporations mentioned in the cartoon was insulted and cancelled their advertisement with the paper, thus, resulting in the reprimand of my editor and cancellation of its Friday cartoons after 21 years of service and over 1,090 published cartoons to over 24,000 households per week in 33 counties of Iowa.

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4 responses to Iowa cartoonist fired for criticizing big ag CEOs

  1. Jaz May 4th, 2016 at 15:03

    WOW, That’s akin to offending Mohammad. So much for freedom of the press. Corporate America rules.

    • Hirightnow May 4th, 2016 at 16:32

      Except instead of declaring Fathwah, we’ll just go after you using our own god, Money.

  2. robert May 4th, 2016 at 17:07

    I.O.W.A. what else can i say pal, good luck with the job search

  3. Snick1946 May 4th, 2016 at 21:18

    I grew up in Iowa. There was time when even Republicans there had a refreshing independent streak. In the 70’s and 80’s they trended Democratic, sent some fine progressives like Tom Harkin to Congress. Now it is like a darkness has fallen over the state. The likes of Grassley and Ernst together with governor for life Branstad- now in his fifth term- set the tone. The state GOP is owned by evangelicals who treasure passivity toward big AG business abuses. It has IMO become a stinking hell hole of a state.

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