Is there a difference between portraying President Obama as a chimp and former President George W. Bush as a simian?
That question was occasioned by Marilyn Davenport, the Orange County, Calif. Republican politician who recently forwarded an email with a birther joke that included a Photoshopped image of President Obama’s face superimposed over that of a baby chimp.
Davenport defended herself by observing that some cartoonists depicted Bush as an ape, so what’s the big deal?
Not only was Bush sometimes portrayed as a chimp but his presidency spawned the The Smirking Chimp blog.
Anyway, Tell Me More host Michel Martin examined the aforementioned question with Stephen Hess of the Brookings Institution, co-author of three books on U.S. political cartooning history and Mike Luckovich, the Pulitzer-Prize winning Atlanta Journal-Constitution cartoonist.
Their verdict? Davenport gets no pass on this one. There is a big difference.
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