yet more commentary on ted rall being a festering sore on the face of mankind
Continuing with yet another observance Bitchslap Ted Rall Day, Jim was kind enough to send along some amazing news from the world of political cartooning:
Ted Rall has won the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism for 2002 in the category of social justice graphics or "Cartooning with a Conscience." the Aronson Award is administered by the department of Film and Media Studies at Hunter College of the City University of New York....The committee told Ted that it was "impressed with your mordant portraiture of a grim political scene and your work in graphic and print journalism, as well as the generosity embodied in your efforts to bring forward the work of your colleagues."
What, I wonder, do they mean by "social justice" and "cartooning with conscience?"
Could it be:
Accusing the firefighters of September 11 of being in it for the money?
Implying that the widows of those firefighters were greedy bitches?
Taking a cheap shot at Daniel Pearl's widow?
Using the death of a friend as an excuse to write a strip about how many women he used and discarded in one year?
For claiming over and over that America is to blame for terrorist attacks on its own land?
For constantly being deceptive and misleading in his essays and never backing up his numbers and accusations with facts?
And what exactly do they mean by "efforts to bring forward the work of your colleagues?"
The man claims to be all about dissent, then publicly rips apart anyone who dares to disagree with his views. He continuously posts his childish, baiting, name-calling idiocy on the Comics Journal boards (most of the threads that I wanted to link to have since been deleted. Reading them would just have killed some of your brain cells, anyhow).
What else do you expect from a guy who thinks the world owes him a living?
As far as his drawing style goes, it has been described as thus: "Ted Rall prepares to shove a pencil up his ass and do the Hustle against a piece of paper producing yet another work of acclaimed genius."
Sure, it is the right of the department of Film and Media Studies at Hunter College of the City University of New York to give out awards to whomever they want. But somehow I see this as this as on par with giving Arafat the Nobel Peace Prize. "Cartooning with a Conscience" works on that same bizzaro world level.
I almost forgot to mention (thanks to Kevin - who also has a post on Rall today - for reminding me):
Ted will appear on Bill Maher's new "Real Time with Bill Maher" on HBO
(Fridays, 11:30 pm) both on February 28 and March 5.
They are taking live calls from the East Coast.
Of course, I'll be calling. Anything you want me to say for you in the thirty seconds I'll get to talk before they hang up on me?
A big thank you to Danny Hellman for the Rall strips.