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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editorial cartoonist Rob Rogers says he has been fired.

Rogers tweeted the news Thursday afternoon, saying, “Today, after 25 years as the editorial cartoonist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, I was fired.”

Rogers’ cartoons haven’t been published in the newspaper since late May.

The award-winning cartoonist said the Post-Gazette publisher wanted more conservative, pro-Trump cartoons. He told KDKA political editor Jon Delano last week nineteen of his ideas and cartoons have been rejected since March.

rob rogers cartoon Post Gazette Editorial Cartoonist Rob Rogers: I Was Fired

(Photo Credit: Rob Rogers)

Earlier this week, Rogers said he had been taking personal days off “until [his] employment status at the paper is resolved.”

Rogers said he was willing to cooperate with the publisher “to a degree,” but he wouldn’t draw cartoons he disagreed with.

Mayor Bill Peduto released the following statement in response to Rogers’ firing:

“The move today by the leadership of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette to fire Rob Rogers after he drew a series of cartoons critical of President Trump is disappointing, and sends the wrong message about press freedoms in a time when they are under siege.

This is precisely the time when the constitutionally-protected free press – including critics like Rob Rogers – should be celebrated and supported, and not fired for doing their jobs. This decision, just one day after the President of the United States said the news media is ‘Our Country’s biggest enemy,’ sets a low standard in the 232-year history of the newspaper.

I’ve known Rob a long time. That has never stopped him from publishing cartoons that are critical of me, of my policy positions, or of my actions (or inactions) in office. He’s even made fun of my weight. But he is one of the best in the world at his time-honored craft, and I know people of all political persuasions stand with me in support of him, even if the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette regrettably does not.”

The Post-Gazette has not yet released an official statement.

Comments (13)
  1. I like the Post more now that he’s gone!

  2. Oded Haber says:

    Did anyone mention a cause?

    Saying he “wouldn’t draw cartoons he disagreed with” sounds like someone wanted to commission cartoons making specific statements.
    • Is that an appropriate usage of an editiorial cartoonist?
    • Is something like that included in his work contract?

    Not to be too philosophical about it, I like the guy have almost always agreed with his political cartoons. However, he’s an existential threat to current management. Arguments can be ignored, but Rogers’ satire pierces their feeble excuses and strike to the bone.

    Hence, this solution is much better than poisoning or kneecapping him, burning down his house, blowing up his car, rounding up his family (3 generations), or other tactics which the current ownership might copy from their bosses in Washington DC (or Moscow).

    So I’ll stick to congratulating the Blocks and Burrises for their admirable show of restraint.

  3. Larry Grumet says:

    The P/G fired Rob Rogers, I fired them after 40 years. They should change their name to the censorship gazette. Everyone; consider doing the same.

  4. I cancelled my subscription after his interview last week when he called President Trump a racist. Glad he was fired.

  5. I am also cancelling my subscription.

  6. Sad to see the Post-Gazette decline into Pravda.

  7. Every newspaper has certain political leanings. That’s why larger cities have multiple newspapers; you subscribe to the one that most reflects your beliefs. If an employee can’t get in line with that, he/she will be replaced. It’s as simple as that.

  8. In a city where there are more citizens dying than being born, I’m still trying to figure out who the struggling Pittsburgh Post Gazette targeted audience is. Bad move by the Gazette bringing Burris on and firing Editorial cartoonist Rob Rogers. New outlets in Pittsburgh are having a hard time facing the reality that old racist Pittsburghers are fading faster than Trump’s presidency.

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