Where Do Editorial Cartoonists Draw the Line?

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The CBS Eye looms on a TV as Mom and Pop wonder if it's really the government spying on them. i
Mike Luckovich, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The CBS Eye looms on a TV as Mom and Pop wonder if it's really the government spying on them.
Mike Luckovich, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The visceral — and in some cases violent — reaction in the Muslim world to Danish cartoons of the prophet Muhammad have raised all sort of questions about the freedom of speech and cultural sensitivity in a globalized world. It also reminds us of the power of the political cartoon.

Neal Conan talks to cartoonists Mike Luckovich of the Atlanta Journal Constitution and Ann Telnaes, whose work has appeared in many newspapers, including The New York Times and The Washington Post, about their craft. Joining the discussion is Stephen Hess, co-author of the book Drawn & Quartered: The History of American Political Cartoons.

A Capitol Hill policeman drags away a young female figure wearing a free speech t-shirt.
Ann Telnaes
Pat Robertson wears a T-shirt that reads 'Who Would Jesus Assassinate?'
Mike Luckovich, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
France's Chirac, at urinal, tells Iran's leader France has nuclear weapons. President Bush looks on.
Ann Telnaes
New Orleans' black residents are in the back of a flooded bus driven by Uncle Sam
Mike Luckovich, Atlanta Journal-Constitution



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