Some Comments on Ted Rall

by Laurence on 6/6/2005 · 2 comments

Ted Rall has weighed in on the Uzbek crisis on Eurasianet with a new cartoon. In case some readers don’t know Rall’s track record, here is Instapundit’s view, of an earlier Rall column about the Iraqi insurgents:

Ted Rall, on the other hand, writes this like he means it…He really is a loathsome human being…

MORE: Andrew Sullivan on Rall:

After 9/11, I was roundly criticized for daring to suggest that there were some people in America who wanted the terrorists to win. But if you read Ted Rall and others, there can be no mistake.

The antiwar left — if it wants to be taken seriously, which is at best an open question — should disavow the likes of Rall. But it won’t, because too many of its supporters agree with him…

This item from an interview on Ted Rall’s website is also interesting:

In 1992, a local weekly published a cartoon he drew entitled, “12 Ways To Kill Your Parents.” Shortly thereafter, a kid killed both his parents and was arrested with a copy of the cartoon in his pocket.

“Did the cartoon plant the idea? I don’t know and that disturbs me,” Rall said. “I hate to resort to the R. Crumb defense, but to a certain extent as a creative person, you’re not responsible for what comes out of you. What comes out of me is lots of gunfire and killing your parents. We all have these demons.”

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BReed June 7, 2005 at 7:33 am

I find Rall to be wrong more often than he’s right. But, Instapundit’s views aside, I think the Karimov cartoon is dead on.

Of course, it’s probably nigh-on treasonous to be talking smack about our steadfast ally in the War on Terror.

Curzon June 7, 2005 at 12:05 pm

Rall’s political views and cartoons are just too silly (read: reliably opposed to whatever America is doing regardless of who is in power or what is going on), but to be taken seriously. His double-views on responsibility noted in the post are just what I’m talking about.

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