Thursday, December 24, 2015

In response to Ted Cruz ad featuring his children, a Washington Post cartoon depicts them as trained monkeys. Uh oh..

Apparently the original was animated.
Courtesy of the New York Post:  

The Washington Post removed an editorial cartoon from its website late Tuesday that depicted Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz’s young daughters as trained monkeys. 

As of midnight Wednesday, the webpage where the cartoon by Ann Telnaes had been shown was replaced by a note from the Post’s editorial page editor, Fred Hiatt. 

“It’s generally been the policy of our editorial section to leave children out of it,” Hiatt wrote. “I failed to look at this cartoon before it was published. I understand why Ann thought an exception to the policy was warranted in this case, but I do not agree.”

The cartoon of course was in response to this ad by Cruz campaign.

As a rule of course children are off limits, unless like Palin's children they also pimp themselves out to make money off of their name.

However in this case it seems that Cruz dragged his children out onto the front line, and essentially that means they could now get hit by errant pieces of political shrapnel.

But of course the worst part of all of this is that it allowed Cruz to play the victim.
So I think for that reason alone this was a bad call for the Washington Post cartoonist.

Is anybody else having a Palin flashback here?

64 comments:

  1. Anonymous6:30 AM

    As soon as those little girls entered the octagon, they became enemy combatants. The WaPo cartoonist exercised considerable restraint in his/her attack on Ted Cruz ... Important. Point. The cartoonist was attacking Ted Cruz and his lack of judgement in using his kids. Not attacking the kids.

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    1. I agree 100%. He brought them into the battle, wrote them into the script with dialogue and very specific parts to play.
      Their characterization as monkeys are wholly due to how HE utilized them, not how Wapo viewed them. Fuck Cruz, hard !!

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  2. Anonymous6:32 AM

    Umm, what the fuck was that? Ted Cruz always turns my stomach, but making his poor kids participate in his propaganda is a new low. It was a poor choice to portray his kids as trained monkeys, but it's also sadly accurate! How desperate do you have to be to use your children in this way? Gross.

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  3. Anonymous6:38 AM

    President Obama (2008): "Children are off limits."

    Ted has not pulled any of his children out of school to join him on the campaign trail or peddle books. He has never used any of his children to attack a constituent. Neither of his daughters has attacked/falsely accused an innocent adult.

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    1. SallyinMI6:52 AM

      Ah, but the older one was reading from the propaganda book attacking Hillary, actually. Did you watch? I feel sorry for those girls. Their robotic mother is an adult, but these girls are being brainwashed into Cruz' hateful world view. When is it acceptable to have your young kids mock our leaders in a commercial? What are you teaching them? Certainly not any kind of respect for adults. And yes, the girls have been along on the trail at times.

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    2. Ted dragged them to the last debate in Vegas.

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    3. Anonymous8:05 AM

      6:38 you didn't even watch the propoganda ad by Cruz so sit down and shut up. How is that oldest one innocent when she read her line about Hillary using her emails? You are the disgusting one with zero watching comprehension (didn't even have to have reading comprehension).

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  4. Anonymous6:41 AM

    Oh. please! Kids should not be used as props. Rafael had better watch out, look how well THAT tactic worked for PayMe. Her kids have disgraced her ever since. At least his kids can read, I doubt if the PsyMe clan can.

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  5. His tweet is a line from the American President. He thinks he's Michael Douglas! Oy

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  6. Anonymous7:00 AM

    Bad call for the Post, but also for Cruz. It's almost like he put his children out there as bait.

    By the way, how many times have the Pres or First lady been depicted as monkeys? And with a very different meaning as the Cruz cartoon.

    I'm getting so sick and tired of what politics is becoming.

    Mildred

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    1. Anonymous7:48 AM

      Exactly...when did Breitbart ever pull a disgusting cartoon? Or WaPO for that matter. This President has been putting up with slurs, lies, threats, and the worst hatred I have ever seen expressed for seven years now. Poor Teddy puts his girls on display as bigots, and then gets to claim victim? How typical.

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  7. Anonymous7:02 AM

    Somebody... Somewhere...

    Had to save that as a GIF before it was pulled!

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    1. Anonymous7:51 AM

      Found It!
      In MP4 Format...

      http://vid44.photobucket.com/albums/f2/Redwood39/Ted%20Cruz%20Trained%20Monkeys_zpsjaoja7jy.mp4

      Yayyy!

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  8. Anonymous7:04 AM

    Even if Cruz shouldn't have used his daughters in a political ad like this, it is still a good policy not to go after the girls. Unlike Bristol and Willow, Caroline and Catherine are small children. Willow and Bristol were (I believe,) 14 and 17 when Sarah was nominated. The teen years are old enough for people to understand political issues and be held accountable for what they say and do.

    And whatever we can say about Ted Cruz, there is no reason to think any of his children will be as messed up as Bristol or Track Palin. Honestly, I couldn't take another Palin-level dysfunctional family on a Republican ticket. I almost called up the McCain campaign in 2007 to say that they should select someone else (due to Bristol's unmarried motherhood situation, which I found embarrassing as it made the party look hypocritical.) I decided not to because McCain at least selected a "movement conservative" and I didn't want to hear a reply to the effect of "now you have another complaint? Now I wish I had called.

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    1. Anonymous7:46 AM

      There is every reason to think his kids will be 'messed up.' Their father is as big a narcissist as Palin, and truly believe God wants him to turn the USA into his own special version of a theocracy. He is not a nice person. He uses others to get what he wants. His family is on the ACA now (hypocrite!) because his wife took a leave from Goldman-Sachs, you know, WALL STREET!! Yes, these girls will be messed up. They may actually go to college, but they will most likely never be permitted to think for themselves. I have nephews who were forced to attend private Christian schools. Their proms were staid little dinners. They never dated. They were sent to a private Christian college, all four of them, when they wanted to at least explore public education. The two that have married married in their 30's. One other is a drunk who never completed college, and the youngest teaches...public school because it was the only job he could get to afford an apartment. He is also the only one who moved more than 10 miles from home. These are smart boys, but totally under the control of their parents' religion.

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  9. Off topic, but look at this:

    http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/12/23/listen-sarah-palins-the-little-dumber-girl-is-the-funniest-political-christmas-carol-ever-audio/

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  10. Anonymous7:07 AM

    Soon we will see a real child prop ... little Sailor Jesus Meyer Palin.

    Sailor's pictures will be in whichever tabloid paid the most money. Let the grift begin.

    She will be wearing a miniature Medal of Honor around her neck and holding a Glock 9mm

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    1. Anonymous7:24 AM

      Don't forget the "HALO"

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    2. Not if she starts to resemble her real sperm donor.

      Or after the DNA tests show her mother is both promiscuous and a liar.

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  11. Anonymous7:07 AM

    @6:38, doesn't matter when they said what. Unless they are adults, candidates' kids should not be used in ads. No questions to them that require a response other than "I love my parent" or other innocuities should be asked of them AFTER an election. Rafael (and his reptilian loving spouse) are horrible parents for this.

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  12. Anonymous7:09 AM

    No wonder I keep reading how everyone hates that man. The way he used his daughters in that commercial was sickening. He put words in their mouth. They aren't old enough to understand what they said. Seems to me that cartoon was pretty accurate -- but, running it was sinking to his own low level. Some other way to illustrate how he was the one using his children might have been better and less controversial. He deserves to be slammed for that -- just in another way. He is as low as they come. But, then we have Trump to consider? Such an abundance of lowest of the low in that party.

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    1. Balzafiar7:26 AM

      "He is as low as they come."

      That's hard to determine considering the field of televangelists and other snake-oil salesmen (politicians) inhabiting our world. Even so, his level of low is way down there, so it could possibly be used as a rule-of-thumb determinant.

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    2. Anonymous8:07 AM

      It was bad enuf his remarks to death of Bidens son. Now,he's putting Adult arguments in the mouths of his children and broadcasting it..then crying foul when called out for it. What a pig...like trump.

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    3. Anonymous10:08 AM

      Are we surprised at all that the guy is extremely disliked by his fellow United States Congressmen and women? Don't forget too that he was the one credited w/shutting down our government! He is out for himself and not his fellow Americans!

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  13. Anonymous7:22 AM

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/12/24/cruz-fires-back-at-washington-post-with-his-own-political-cartoon.html?cmpid=edpick&google_editors_picks=true

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  14. If Cruz is going to use his kids to make political points HE is the one responsible for what happens.

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    1. Anonymous8:31 AM

      He said that critics could go after him but to leave his two daughters alone so he took responsibility and then went and made money off of it with his plea for funds because people were picking on little innocent Caroline and Catherine. Give me a break!

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    2. Anonymous10:17 AM

      Not very creative with the names, was he?

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  15. Anonymous7:29 AM

    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/anntelnaes/2010/12/palin_complains_about_media_co.html


    Palin complains about media coverage of her kids
    By Ann Telnaes

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  16. Jkarov7:31 AM

    O/T but no doubt the *craziest* and most delusional video of 2015, except for anything Trump, Palin, Bryan Fischer, or Ted Cruz have to say

    http://www.rawstory.com/2015/12/watch-racist-lady-goes-completely-berserk-after-mistaking-brazilian-comedy-team-for-terrorists/

    This woman goes completely and totally off the deep end. I'm surprised she didn't punch these guys.

    What used to pass for mentally ill or deranged is now a regular Trump/Cruz supporter, spewing hatred for blacks, browns, asians, gays, athiests, women, non-evangelicals, and anyone else they can find on street corners to scream at or shoot

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  17. Anonymous7:33 AM

    The one who should be attacked is Ted Cruz, not the WAPO. Cruz is the one who is pimping his kids.

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  18. Anonymous7:34 AM

    Sure, and when one of the Palin girls gets paid to push abstinence after having one out of wedlock baby, and before the next out of wedlock baby, and looks like a heifer on TV dancing, yeppers, no one is supposed to notice? No one ever made fun of any Palin children that weren't out there trying to draw attention to themselves.

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  19. Anonymous7:45 AM

    Can't believe that Cruz had his daughter attack Hillary Clinton like that. I wonder how many times they had to rehearse that, forcing into the children's brains forever. Getting a little child to attack a political opponent, lowest of the low. He's a slimebag and so is his wife for using the little kids like that.

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  20. Anonymous7:51 AM

    Wow, that's a barrel of laughs having a 10 year old make fun of the ex Secretary of State, ex Senator of NY. Great thing to teach a child, to perform elaborately making fun of someone. Great christmas traditions in that sick Cruz household.

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  21. Anonymous7:58 AM

    I respectfully disagree. As much as I thoroughly DESPISE Ted Cruz, I think the Post was right to take the cartoon down.

    His awkward video with his family was wierd and his choice. I agree. I kind of liked the response parody video that showed him and the kids reading political parody "Christmas stories" together. To use the family video in the parody is fine, but when they started dubbing voices for the girls in saying dumb things that was not right. And the girls as dancing monkeys - really? That's tacky.

    Of course Cruz is totally manipulative in that he is now repeating the offending items to fund raise and as you say Gryphen it allows him to be the victim and milk that angle -- the Post should have known that would play right into his hands on that.

    Just as Obama and Carter and Clinton and W all asked for their underage kids to be left alone, even if the stupid GOP candidates take the low road the press/we should not stoop to that level too.

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    1. Anonymous8:45 AM

      He used his kids in a political ad that was anti Hillary Clinton! He brought this all on himself and has no one to blame but himself!

      And, now he is using his daughters to raise campaign funds! Go figure! The jerk!

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  22. A. J. Billings7:59 AM

    I pity those two girls, growing up with such hypocrisy, bigotry, and force to believe the mythology of Christo-fascist doctrine.

    Using your young children as propaganda agents in a pathetically stupid video is a good indication of how twisted Cruz's sense of right and wrong is.

    I hope Cruz meets a falling 1 ton meteor

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    1. Anonymous8:49 AM

      It's an interesting contract that Sasha and Malia have the BEST parents in the world.

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    2. Anonymous10:04 AM

      8:49 AM Think you meant 'it's an interesting contrast' - but, I totally agree with you!

      President Obama and First Lady Michele Obama are the greatest parents in the world! They are raising lovely daughters that are not being 'used' by their parents!

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  23. Anonymous8:00 AM

    I'd call him a scumbag and a dick for using his kids. What goes around comes around. Next time don't use your kids in an attack ad and then they won't be attacked. Their fair game if you used them. He wouldn't understand that because he's scum. Talk about playing the victim.

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    1. Anonymous8:40 AM

      He learned at the knee of the scum queen herself.

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    2. A. J. Billings9:49 AM

      @8:40 a.m.
      The failed Queen Scum Esther has yet to fulfill all those great words of "wisdom" from the so called apostles and prophets predicting she would save 'murica, be elected President, and bring salvation to the USA.

      Where are those outspoken Christian fortune tellers now?

      If they were so proud of all their predictions that turned out to be lies, why aren't they apologizing.

      $arah, where are your prayer warriors now?

      Why did they fail to get you elected?

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  24. Anonymous8:06 AM

    So, when will Cruz push his girls out onto the ice at a hockey game so the crowd can boo them?

    JJ

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  25. Anonymous8:28 AM

    I don't see this as a cartoon about thekids. I see as a comment on the parent. The kids didn't choose look like trained monkeys. The comic doens't even say the kids are trained monkeys. Just that in this instance, HE, THE FATHER, THE DECIDER, THE ONE IWTH POWER chose to parade his children in something they have no concept of the circumstances of what they are doing. They just love their dad and responded to his request.
    Lucy

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  26. Anonymous8:41 AM

    Yea, and now he is USING his kids raising a million dollars off of them (campaign funds!). A typical asshole Republican! Plus, he is as slimy as they come!

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  27. Anonymous8:47 AM

    Agreed. Terrible judgment call. I couldn't believe Ann Telnaes went there.

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  28. Not okay to put the kids in a cartoon... but I notice their dad recognized them.

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    1. Anonymous11:33 AM

      Neither monkey looks like one of Cruz's kids. But he sure got the point.

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  29. Anonymous9:44 AM

    That cartoonist has a spineless boss. This is what cartoonists are supposed to do. Cruz thinks he can pimp out his daughters for his own political advancement and not get called on it?

    And when he does, he huffs and puffs and acts all indignant, then uses it as a money-making opportunity, again for his own political purposes. I feel very sorry for those girls, growing up in that household. They are going to need a lot of therapy to be happy, well-adjusted adults.

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  30. Anonymous9:59 AM

    So tired of politicos who, by their own actions, put their own children in the line of fire and then PMB (piss moan and bitch) when they get hit. You don't get to have it both ways. If you want the children to be left out of it then by dog leave them out of it. Ass. Just like pay-lynn, they have to play the victim because they can't play anything else.

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    1. Anonymous10:15 AM

      They use their children for the sole purpose of playing the "victim card". They know full well that using their children will result in someone lampooning or denigrating them and that plays right into their hand. The "victim card" is always good for lots of free publicity ya know, and really if these parents gave two shits about their children they'd never put the into that position in the first place.

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  31. Anonymous10:25 AM

    How come no one ever made fun of Chelsea? or Malia & Sasha? or Amy? oh, that's right. They were made fun of. Not for their parroted words provided by their father, but for their physical looks). And their parents didn't even put them in the spotlight (as an adult, Chelsea has chosen to be more public, but that was AS AN ADULT) other than by running for President and letting them on the stage and ask if they can get a dog now. I don't remember Carter or Obama or Clinton making a national case out of it or using it for campaign contributions. Lucy

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    1. Anonymous11:31 AM

      That's interesting because the Bush twins were criticized for wearing mini-jeans skirts for an audience with Queen Elizabeth. (Doesn't the White House have a protocol officer?) They were in the news for underage drinking. In fact, they were under Secret Service protection while they were drinking illegally. Then, suddenly, it was hands off.

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  32. Anonymous10:28 AM

    Frankly, I'd love to smack the shit outta both daughters but especially the one reading the book about Hillary's emails. Those two are gonna be real bitches in just a few years.

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    1. We do not strike children

      Not even Ted Cruz's children.

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    2. Anonymous10:42 AM

      Wow. That's a lot of hostility toward two little girls who haven't done anything illegal, and don't even realize how mean what their father had them do is. My reaction is more compassion for them and the horrible place their father put them. Lucy

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    3. Anonymous11:29 AM

      I was more offended by Ted Cruz saving Christmas, as if Christmas was really under attack.

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  33. Ted Cruz made his children a target when he pimped them out in his ad. If he doesn't like it, then he can begin by leaving his children out. Otherwise, they are fair game.

    I think the political cartoon was both fair and accurate. I have no problem with it because I know the inspiration for it.

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  34. Anonymous11:20 AM

    We well know what kind of people use their kids for publicity then scream "VICTIM". This blog has been talking about one of them for nearly 8 years now.

    It actually should be in the campaign commercial laws that politicians children can be seen in a family setting only. No speechifying.

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  35. Anonymous11:28 AM

    When Sarah Palin was Governor of Alaska, she dragged little Piper along with her, almost as if Piper was her protective shield. (And I loved the story about Piper being the only person who would pray with Sarah before her debate with Joe Biden). Piper was a prop then, and Sarah dragged "newborn Trig" around with her, too when she was governor. Governors don't drag their kids with them on official business. The kids show up for lighting the Christmas tree or cutting a ribbon someplace. So, Sarah has used her kids as props for a while. Trig was a natural. No one could attack her for bringing him along because, you know, DS.

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  36. Anonymous11:34 AM

    O/T, but i couldn't remember if this had been shared with y'all:

    http://news.groopspeak.com/theyve-nailed-every-presidential-election-since-1975-they-say-our-next-president-will-be/

    They say Bernie will be the next president and o'Malley will be his running mate. It's a fascinating article, but lots of ads, so turn your AdBlocker on and enjoy!

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  37. Anonymous11:36 AM

    Sorry Rafael, you can't have it both way. That was an anti-Hilary ad with Rafael's daughters being coached into what to say. Then when someone DARES criticize the ad, he whines "My poor girls have nothing to do with the campaign!!"

    If it was some family ad with him and his daughters trying to convince the world he's some wonderful family man and the press said shit about the girls, I'd be on Rafael's side on this one. But that's not what happened.

    It would be like Rafael's young daughters appearing in an ad, saying stuff they don't understand like, "My dad would be a great president. Hilary allowed for our brave ambassadors to be killed in Benghazi and she should is NEVER be president"

    Would anybody but it if Rafael said, "You can't criticize or fact check that ad, because my children are off limits!"

    Nice try on creating a loophole for yourself, Rafael...but anybody who isn't already an idiot supporter of yours is going to reject it.

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