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Doing them justice

Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.

It was “sunshine week,” when journalists reminded readers and leaders that openness in government is a good thing. Of course, candid, honest leadership would make for lousy cartooning. Give us a pack of dirty-dealing, power-mad political operators any day ... secretive, paranoid Dick Cheney, Machiavellian Karl Rove and, most recently, lap dog Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales. A member of the Cabinet usually appears in a few cartoons when appointed, a smattering more when confirmed and a handful when the department makes headlines. But when you start getting the deface time Gonzales has lately, that’s not good. The calls for his resignation aren’t coming from us, though. Heck, he’s still good for a dozen more cartoons.


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