Today is cartoonist Stuart Carlson's last day of being on the Journal Sentinel opinion pages. He is among those journalists here who took voluntary buyout offered by the company.He then continues on with a half-hearted tribute to Carlson's work with the company. But McIlheran does not tell the whole truth in those two sentences.
While it is true that Carlson took the buyout, it's not like he had much of a choice. Mr. Carlson wrote to Michael Horne, of MilwaukeeWorld, who first reported the names of people being forced out of the paper. In his letter, Mr. Carlson wrote:
'Fraid it's true. Given the cutbacks planned at the JS I was told they could no longer "justify" having a full-time editorial cartoonist. Although I'm taking the buyout, I'm not going willingly. I'm being forced out.
Another sterling decision by the best and brightest in the paper's management.
I'll continue to be nationally syndicated in papers like the Wash Post.
I'll be looking for some other career around here.
Hope all is well with you.
I'm not Catholic anymore, so I don't know what the penance is for the sin of omission, but McIlheran best hie himself to the nearest church and do some confession time.
And the fact that MJS would force out a quality person like Stuart, but keep PaddyMac, shows that it is no longer worth the paper it's printed on.