The New York Post is the sixth largest newspaper in the US, with a print and digital circulation of over 500,000 readers. The Post has been in continuous circulation for over 200 years.
A newspaper that large, with such a long history, has a great impact on US public opinion. For that reason, a cartoon which it ran in yesterday’s Sunday edition (8/23/2015) is insulting and disturbing.
Here it is:
The cartoon is a postcard with the words “Greetings from Puerto Rico…the Welfare State.”
It shows a hairy and morbidly obese man with the word “DEBT” emblazoned on his potbellied stomach. He lies on a beach wearing, of all things, a bikini.
The bikini is a sly reference to, and ridicule of, the 60 same-sex individuals that were married in Puerto Rico on August 16, 2015.
The cartoon was drawn by “Ramirez” and re-printed from the Investor’s Business Daily web site.
Here is the “Ramirez” page on that web site:
The bio for “Ramirez” is quite impressive. He won the Pulitzer Prize twice for his cartoons, in 1994 and 2008. He is the senior editor and editorial cartoonist for Investor’s Business Daily. Evidently, Ramirez is a syndicated cartoonist and the Post re-publishes some of his cartoons.
It is wonderful when a Latino succeeds in America, but less wonderful when he does it by stepping on other Latinos.
Here is a cartoon that “Ramirez” could have drawn, which is more accurate in regard to Puerto Rico:
Here is another one:
And another one:
But those are not the right images for “Ramirez.”
Since the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Ramirez” works for Investor’s Business Daily, his job is to illustrate another corporate reality…the dominant corporate myth…that Puerto Ricans are “free-loading” off America, and that they’re trying to “welch” on the $73 billion public debt.
But it is the corporations that are receiving welfare in Puerto Rico.
Corporate welfare dominates the entire Puerto Rican economy. It is the Puerto Rican economy.
For 117 years, a red carpet has rolled from Wall Street to San Juan.
Sugar cane syndicates…Operation Bootstrap…pharmaceutical companies…John Paulson…the Oppenheimer Fund…Act 20 and Act 22 billionaires…Walmart…Walgreens…the Jones Act…
The list goes on and on. But somehow, the Post chooses to portray the Puerto Rican people – with a per capita income of $16,400 – as the beneficiaries of all this corporate welfare.
The New York Post knows exactly what it is doing. With one image, it slanders and demeans an entire nation…and 500,000 readers are left with a false impression.
This is gutter journalism.
The Post and “Ramirez” should be ashamed.
To the readers of Investor’s Business Daily, “Ramirez” is a Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist.
To the people of Puerto Rico, he is a vendepatria.