Firefighters protest Pensacola News Journal cartoon

1963 photo from Birmingham, Alabama.

FIREFIGHTERS’ UNION PRESIDENT: “We rely on the sound, unbiased work of real reporters and editors to bring us the news, but on June 16, Andy Marlette and the Pensacola News Journal violated that standard by printing a senseless, confusing and bigoted illustration that should never have reached print.”

CARTOONIST ANDY MARLETTE: “In the context of the mass layoffs of Alabama’s journalists, the cartoon is a dark comment on the fact that the most sinister things happen — in fact have always happened — when nobody is there to show and tell about them.”

* Firefighters want Pensacola News Journal to apologize for cartoon (
* Read the union’s full statement about the cartoon (Ricks Blog)
* Earlier: Cartoonist Andy Marlette isn’t afraid of controversy (The Compass)