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Investigating Political Cartoons

This paper is for Communication Law and Ethics, dealing with the First Amendment. This will focus more precisely on Freedom of the Press. I want to investigate political cartoons that have been deemed offensive because of race, gender, or religion, even though they are protected speech. Examples that I would like to use are the Obama/chimp cartoon (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/02/18/new-york-post-chimp-carto_n_167841.html), the Sotomayer cartoon(http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/06/05/hispanic-advocates-claim-sotomayor-cartoon-offensive/), and the Muhammed cartoon controversy in America (http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/view/6165). A key cases to reference is Hustler Magazine v. Falwell (1988). Others could be New York Times v. Sullivan (1963), Rex v. Zenger (1735), and People v. Croswell (1804). The point is whether or not the cartoons would have made any difference if it were President George W. Bush, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, or Jesus Christ. Any other cases and/or cartoons are welcomed.

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