(Natural News) Cartoonist Rick Friday has been in the business for over 20 years, and has published more than 1,000 cartoons for Iowa’s Farm News. But, a recent “controversial” cartoon appears to have cost Friday his career. While it’s obvious that one cannot simply speak out against ruthless corporations like Monsanto without some kind of push-back, this latest event takes things one step further and gets close to blatant censorship.
Friday, you see, made the mistake of creating a cartoon that made a statement about who really profits from modern farming. As reported by KCCI, this was the cartoon’s dialogue:
The cartoon features two farmers talking about farming profits.
The first says, “I wish there was more profit in farming.”
The second farm[er] answers, “There is. In year 2015 the CEOs of Monsanto, DuPont Pioneer and John Deere combined made more money than 2,129 Iowa farmers.”
Within 24 hours of this cartoon being published, Friday reportedly received an email from the editor he worked with at Farm News, ending their relationship.
According to his editor, a seed dealer even went so far as to remove its ads from Farm News because of the cartoon. Apparently, some of the paper’s other staff members also “disagreed” with the cartoon’s message. According to Friday, however, this seed dealer was one of the corporations mentioned in the cartoon, and they were “insulted” by the facts the cartoon illustrated. Is anyone surprised that corporations don’t like facts that make them look bad?
After the advertisement cancellations, Friday’s editor was reprimanded, and his cartoons were put on the chopping block. In today’s world, being honest is all it takes to get you fired — especially if that honesty shows a side of a major corporation that they don’t want seen.
The sad thing is that Friday was not being malicious; he was simply being truthful. As Friday explains, he did plenty of research and everything presented in the cartoon is fact, not fiction. The fact that the cartoon was 100 percent truthful and factual makes the newspaper’s choice to terminate its relationship with Friday even more confounding — but it also shows that corporate interests have infiltrated the media to a disturbing degree.
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