Our Favorite Cartoon Op-Eds of 2018

Russ Baker, news force, spaceship, fighter jet
"Imagine all the progress we can make in 2019!" Photo credit: DonkeyHotey / WhoWhatWhy (CC BY-SA 2.0). See complete attribution below.
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The outstanding work of our Images Department, which is headed by an artist who goes by the nom de guerre “DonkeyHotey,” is the main reason WhoWhatWhy has such a unique look.

We are proud of our daily panoramas and other images, which add an engaging visual dimension to our stories. In order to provide another outlet for the unbound creativity of that department and its editor, we run a weekly cartoon and supplement it with sharp-tongued yet light-footed text.

Here are some of our favorites from 2018.


Thomas Homan, immigration, ICE

The terror and the shame.

The Politics of Marginalizing the ‘Other’

MAGA Is No More Than a Hollow Nationalistic Slogan: The Trump administration and allied news outlets are rallying disenchanted whites around the idea that Hispanics are to blame for their position in society. Trumpian rhetoric and actions send a clear message: Brown people are not welcome here. January 28, 2018

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Vladimir Putin. Donald Trump

The Puzzling Putin-Trump Relationship

President Donald Trump once again had people scratching their heads over his (in)actions involving Russia. Why does he so frequently seem to act with Vladimir Putin’s interests in mind — at the expense of the American people? March 18, 2018

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Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook

Zuck in the cookie jar.

To Facebook, You’re Not the Customer, You’re the Product

Facebook makes money by sucking as much data from your profile and your actions as possible. There is no reason to believe the company will stop doing that until it is compelled to. April 8, 2018

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Donald Trump, Andrew McCabe, Rod Rosenstein

The FBI is “a den of thieves and lowlifes!” Jail the liars!

Why Donald Trump Is Winning

President Donald Trump’s poll numbers are up on his perceived win and leadership qualities. But there is a difference between a leader and a bully. April 22, 2018

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Donald Trump, lying

I am the least dishonest person on the planet. Believe me.

Calling a Liar a Liar: It’s Time to Tell the Truth About Trump’s Fact-Phobia

President Donald Trump’s avalanche of lies poses a challenge for his supporters and the media alike. For the benefit of us all, it’s time to call him out in more definitive terms. May 6, 2018

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US Supreme Court, voter purging

The Supreme Court’s flimsy excuse to allow voter suppression.

Ohio Voter Purge a Solution in Search of a Problem

The Supreme Court has given the green light to a completely unnecessary voter purge in Ohio, supposedly implemented in the name of fighting voter fraud. But its effect and obvious real purpose is just more disenfranchisement — and now other red states will surely implement the same program. June 17, 2018

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Robert Mueller

Resistance dreams may never come true.

Let’s Get the Facts Straight About Mueller and His Investigation

There is a lot of confusion about special counsel Robert Mueller’s mission. We’re cutting through the clutter. July 22, 2018

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Mohammed bin Salman

Mohammed bin Salman brings a howitzer to a Twitter fight.

Picking Sides in Saudi Arabia’s Feud With Canada

What happens when you oppress basically everybody who is not a prince? You have idiots running the country. Exhibit A is Saudi Arabia, which just started an ill-advised fight with Canada. August 12, 2018

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Michael Cohen, Paul Manafort, swamp

Mueller Investigation Shows the Rich Deserve Much More Scrutiny

Here is one thing we already know thanks to the Mueller investigation: The finances of the rich and powerful need to be looked at much more closely, or the rest of us will keep paying the price. August 26, 2018

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voter suppression

Elephant bars the door.

Will the Real Voter Fraud Criminals Please Stand Up

If you as an individual unwittingly vote illegally, prepare to face harsh consequences. But if you’re a government official and you illegally nullify millions of votes, simply rinse and repeat. Because justice apparently is… blind. September 9, 2018

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John Roberts, Supreme Court

We can’t see any racism around here.

Voter Suppression Is Government-Sponsored Racism

Voter suppression laws appear as wolves in sheeps’ clothing — cost-saving, preventing in-person voter fraud, securing elections. They’re never cast as what they really are — ugly manifestations of racism. September 23, 2018

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Stacey Abrams. Brian Kemp, voter suppression

Building a wall of voter suppression as a model for the nation. Someone needs to knock it down.

The Lonely Fight to Protect Democracy

Fighting for free and fair elections is not sexy, and those who champion democracy often go unsung. But we know that you care about it, and that’s why we’re focusing so heavily on the integrity of the upcoming elections. October 7, 2018

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Scott Walker, legislative coup

Minority rule undermines confidence in democracy.

GOP’s Scorched Earth Approach Makes a Mockery of Democracy

If you can’t win, cheat. And if you can’t win cheating, cheat more. That has been the motto of Republicans in various states following the midterm elections. December 6, 2018


The cartoon above was created by DonkeyHotey for WhoWhatWhy from these images: Russ Baker caricature by DonkeyHotey for WhoWhatWhy, suit (NASA), cockpit (Matt Hecht / Flickr), jet parts (Oregon Air National Guard), logo (US Air Force), earth (NASA), Gorizont satellite (DTIC – PDF), and support satellite (US Air Force).


Related front page panorama photo credit: Adapted by WhoWhatWhy from dove (Ayuugyi / Wikimedia – CC BY-SA 3.0).

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