Sensitive or Censored?

by Roger Pynn

This may be either an amazing demonstration of candor or a powerful example of the danger of digital freedom.  In a blog post, Orlando Sentinel editorial cartoonist Dana Summers shared an unpublished cartoon “canned because of the sensitive nature of SeaWorld’s problem.”

Summers is one of the brightest editorial cartoonists in the country and the Sentinel justifiably takes great pride in his work.

Referring to the tragic death of SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau, who was pulled and held underwater by a killer whale, Summers says “when there’s a death involved it’s best to play it safe.”

As reader comments on the blog post suggest, this could ignite quite a debate over editorial freedom.

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