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Political Cartoonists Know Too Much

Updated: Jan 20, 2020

Conversations with political cartoonists can be awkward. Here's an example.


My friend: "Someone told me the richest man in America gave his ex-wife 30 billion dollars in their divorce settlement. Wasn't that the Amazon guy?"


Me: "Yes, Jeff Bezos. He owns Amazon and the Washington Post, which was investigating the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, the journalist who lived in DC but was murdered by the Saudis at the embassy in Turkey. The CEO of AMI, David Pecker, who owns The National Enquirer, threatened to blackmail Bezos because WaPo was also investgating him and his relationship to the Saudis and Trump. He threatened to publish dick pics Bezos had sent to his mistress, but Bezos exposed Pecker's threat and is suing AMI."


My friend: stares at me and blinks.


Me: "I'm a political cartoonist. I read a LOT of news."


Still staring and blinking.


Me: "It's not normal. I know."


If you have any friends who are cartoonists, artists, musicians, makers, or creatives, please be kind. Just remember, they live in a different world.


Thank you.

Painting of the sculpture, "The Crying Giant," by Tom Otterness, at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Just so you know I do other things besides read the news.





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