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Shame the Press

Shame the Press
Thu, 4/26/2012
This article originally appeared on The Boston Occupier

Truth can reach the public in other ways. In fact, you can even shame the press into reporting it. Actually, cartoonists do that. -Noam Chomsky

Kip Lyall's political cartoons throw into stark relief the absurdity of our political system, in which two parties quibble while driving the nation off a cliff. Or a corporate media that encounters a social movement dedicated to restoring economic equality - with spokespeople who go on TV and say they're there to restore economic equality - and reports that no one knows why they're there. In his striking black and white etchings, Lyall makes a mockery of warmongering, trickle-down economics and Ron Paul with equal aplomb.

But its the media for which he reserves his best jabs: an institution that should be performing a public service instead serves its corporate masters, which he feels is shameful.

"The media today seems focused on servicing an identity for their consumers, rather than educating the public and challenging those in power," Lyall said. "My work is often directly inspired by news stories that fit this mold - I want to challenge the audience to explore the issues further while shaming the media for its failure to do its job."

Essentially, he added, "I'm out to shame the press."

Visit his website to see more of his work.

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