Newspaper apologizes after controversial Las Vegas editorial cartoon

October 03, 2017 06:16 PM

The Bennington Banner is apologizing for publishing a controversial cartoon depicting the bloodshed in Vegas.

An upset viewer sent NewsChannel 13 a photo of the cartoon. It shows bodies lying on the ground with the words, "
"Whatever Happens in Vegas."

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It appeared in the Bennington Banner.

The tragedy hits close to home in that area. One of the shooting victims, Sandy Casey, 35, was originally from Dorset and has family in Vermont.

NewsChannel 13 reached out to the paper for comment. They released the following statement:

"Publishing the cartoon by Randall Enos in Tuesday's Banner was not the right time or the right place, especially since Sunday's night's mass shooting hit so close to home for our readers and neighbors.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Sandy Casey, originally from East Dorset, Vermont, who are enduring grief beyond compare today. We apologize to them and others affected.

Our interpretation of Randall Enos' cartoon was that little would be done with regard to gun control measures in the United States even after such an unprecedented tragedy. While we believe that is a conversation that needs to happen in this country, we must first mourn and honor the victims and provide comfort to their families and friends.

We regret publishing the cartoon.

For all other inquiries on the cartoon, we would direct them to Cagle Cartoons, which distributes Randall Enos' work."


The paper also put this on their website:

"Dear Reader,

On Tuesday, the Banner published a cartoon that many people, including me, found to be insulting and in bad taste. We regret and apologize for publishing the cartoon.

The decision to publish was made in haste. We are addressing the matter internally.

The gravity of our error in judgment was magnified by the fact that one of victims of the unspeakable horror was a native of Dorset, whose family and friends must have been particularly offended by this cartoon.

As the president of the company, the responsibility for the grievous error is mine, and I apologize to the entire Bennington community that the Banner was so insensitive.


Fredric D. Rutberg

Fredric D. Rutberg, president of New England Newspapers Inc., will be at the Banner office Wednesday morning at 8:30 prepared to talk with readers."


WNYT Staff

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