The famous cartoonist from Iowa, Rick Friday, has been giving farmers a voice and a laugh every Friday for two decades through his cartoons in Farm News. This is really sad, but the long-time Iowa farm cartoonistsays that he has been fired. The famous cartoonist from Iowa, Rick Friday announced that his job was over after 21 years in a Facebook post that has since gone viral.
Rick Friday said:
“Again, I fall hard in the best interest of large corporations. I am no longer the Editorial Cartoonist for Farm News due to the attached cartoon which was published yesterday. Apparently a large company affiliated with one of the corporations mentioned in the cartoon was insulted and cancelled their advertisement with the paper, thus, resulting in the reprimand of my editor and cancellation of its Friday cartoons after 21 years of service and over 1,090 published cartoons to over 24,000 households per week in 33 counties of Iowa.I did my research and only submitted the facts in my cartoon.That’s okay, hopefully my children and my grandchildren will see that this last cartoon published by Farm News out of Fort Dodge, Iowa, will shine light on how fragile our rights to free speech and free press really are in the county.”
Have you ever watched this cartoon? Well, if your answer is no, then you should know that the cartoon features two farmers talking about farming profits.
The first farmer says:“I wish there was more profit in farming.” And, the second farm answers:“There is. In year 2015 the CEOs of Monsanto, DuPont Pioneer and John Deere combined made more money than 2,129 Iowa farmers.”
And after 2 days, Rick Friday received an email from his editor at Farm New cutting off their relationship.Friday’s editor said a seed dealer pulled their advertisements with Farm News as a result of the cartoon, and others working at the paper disagreed with the jokes made about the agriculture corporations.
Rick Friday also mentioned that when it comes to altering someone’s opinion or someone’s voice for the purpose of wealth, he has a problem with that. Friday says that it’s our constitutional right to free speech and our constitutional right to free press. Thanks for reading and don’t forget to share.