Have you received an forwarded e-mail or chain letter from a friend or political adversary that showcases political cartoons from a conservative perspective preceded by this declaration:

AUSTRALIAN CARTOONS…NOT SEEN IN AMERICA

BELIEVE IT OR NOT —
THESE CARTOONS ARE FROM OUR FRIENDS
“DOWN UNDER”.
WHY DO WE NEVER SEE SIMILAR IN USA PAPERS??

Unfortunately, nearly all of the cartoons contained within the e-mail (and its variations) originate from the same U.S. “liberal media” the e-mail lambastes.

Here are some examples:

This cartoon was drawn by Steve Kelly, the staff cartoonist at The New Orleans Times-Picayune (view more of his cartoons here).

While this cartoon was drawn by Michael Ramirez, the 2-time Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist for Investors Business Daily (view more of his cartoons here).

And Chuck Asay, the former staffer at The Colorado Springs Gazette who now syndicates his work, drew this cartoon about Fox News (view more of his cartoons here).


Steve Benson, the cartoonist for the Arizona Republic (view his cartoons here), has received the same list from several right-wingers. While some will listen to him when he explains that most of the cartoons originate from the United States, there are those who refuse to accept it.

“One nut job wrote me back that he was a U.S. Marine, declaring, ‘IN GOD WE TRUST!'” said Benson. “I replied that he needs to pick a more informed God, since the one he was trusting didn’t know anything about cartoon authorship.”

If you’d like to check out some Austrailian cartoonists, here are some links: Peter Broelman; Bill Leak; Peter Lewis; Moir; Vince O’Farrell; Nik Scott; Paul Zanetti