Why is only one of these cartoons tasteless and offensive?
Regular readers of Tongue Tied will know why from long experience. It is an examnple of the golden rule of hate speech: Only conservatives can utter hate speech (or hate cartoons) while anything that Leftists say is "free speech", no matter how offensive it is.
The first cartoon did in fact come from a Leftist source -- which is why it was simply dubbed offensive rather than hate speech -- but it mocks a Leftist so that must be condemned. But a cartoon that ridicules a conservative? No problem!
The media were filled with condemnations of the Obama cartoon. Even McCain and various GOP figures condemned it. But the second cartoon (which also appeared in a well-known source) has aroused not a murmur in the media in the 4 weeks since it first appeared.
And note that the second cartoon depicts torturers as Asians (albeit Asians who look rather like Obama, Hillary and GWB). From anybody else that would be "racist".
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