The show arrived in Pittsburgh about the same cultural time as the Johnny Seven OMA (one-man army) toy rifle, perhaps the most irresponsible and simultaneously awesome toy (three missiles, a grenade launcher, tripod) ever invented.Kids in our neighborhood were both free range and down range. You actually see it in , which contains priceless, vintage TV footage of a commercial aimed at selling toy weapons to children – lever-action BB guns magically tumble forth from the console television, into the hands of ecstatic children who race off to shoot them.Burris, who stoked controversy in January by writing a editorial defending Trump’s criticism of immigrants from “s–hole countries,” was made the editorial director by publisher John Robinson Block.Rogers said he had worked under Block for nearly 25 years without problem until the past few months.
“Suffice it to say things are unresolved,” Rogers said in an interview with the Inquirer and Daily News. I’m waiting each day to hear something.” Rogers, a Philadelphia native who at one time contributed cartoons to the Inquirer, has been the Post-Gazette’s staff cartoonist since 1993.
What Rogers says has confused him the most are the non-Trump cartoons that have been killed, such as one he drew about the NFL’s decision to ban players from protesting racial injustice during the national anthem.
Burris did not respond to multiple requests to comment, but he did issue a brief statement to Pittsburgh CBS affiliate KDKA that read, “It’s really a personnel matter which we are working hard to fix.” Burris added: “We have great respect for Rob and understand his importance to the community.” One killed cartoon that baffled Rogers was a panel poking fun at Roseanne Barr, who blamed a racist message she sent on Twitter in part on taking Ambien. And that particular cartoon was a cartoon that I drew after my original idea, which compared Trump to Roseanne, was killed.” Rogers said.
Rogers’ cartoon featured a man in a doctor’s office dressed in Ku Klux Klan robes also blaming the popular sleep aid. He said he had been trying to work with Burris to figure out a way to get his cartoons back in the newspaper.
Instead, the paper ran a different Roseanne cartoon drawn by Kirk Walters, the staff cartoonist of the Post-Gazette’s sister newspaper, the Toledo Blade.