Wednesday, 13 November 2013

The American Presidency & Political Cartoons (2)

Following up on a previous post, in which I included an editorial cartoon that suggested the US Mainstream Media were in lock-step behind President Obama, I came across the following page in Doris Kearns Goodwin’s The Bully Pulpit – the historian’s superb book on Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and the Golden Age of Progressive Journalism:

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I thought it was an interesting parallel, to show both that a media-backed presidency is nothing new – nor, for that matter, a “progressive” presidency to receive such support from the press; nor are the methods of portrayal.

The cartoon, “The Crusaders”, is by Carl Hassmann (1869-1933), and it was printed in the February 21, 1906 issue of Puck Magazine. The Library of Congress description of the cartoon is:

“Illustration shows a large group of politicians and journalists as knights on a crusade against graft and corruption. Many carry large pens like a lance; periodical mentioned are ‘Colliers, Harper’s Weekly, Life, Puck, [and] McClure’s’ Magazine.”

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a great image file on the internet, but I did manage to get hold of the following colour page-scan (which I have cropped just a little):

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