The Press: Saying It Safely

"I don't think I'm mean," said the Associated Press's staff cartoonist, John Milton Morris, 48, who draws his syndicated editorial-page cartoons as he parts his hair: right down the middle. "And I don't think I'd deliberately hurt anybody." For many syndicated cartoonists, including John Morris, the Quemoy crisis, the election campaign and even the integration struggle (see cuts) are issues to be treated with a hand so even that it barely seems to be moving. If they stepped off the middle, they would surely land right on the toes of some of their widespread, widely differing clients.

As a result, most of...

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