The Sorensen Monologues

Crude Awakening at Standing Rock

I may have taken artistic license by showing a mainstream-ish TV news reporter here, as it seems this very important story is being largely ignored. In case you haven’t been following, a recent college grad had her arm mutilated by what many think was a concussion grenade; police sprayed people with hoses in the subfreezing night, risking deadly hypothermia; another woman had her retina severed. Journalists are facing arrest and rubber bullets. The camp is facing evacuation on December 5, a situation which threatens to become violent. It’s imperative that Obama step in; this is not a time for overcautiousness. The stakes here are enormous. It’s not only the Standing Rock Sioux who are imperiled; the world cannot afford this pipeline.



Survival Tips for Thanksgiving 2016

I appreciated the notes from people eager for an election rant. I’ve been busy lately and am still gathering my thoughts (I have a lot of them). At some point, I’m sure I’ll write something. In the meantime, enjoy those mashed potatoes.



Not Helping



Let’s get real on Election Day



If the media covered climate change the way it covers Hillary’s email

As many have notednot one question about climate change was asked by the moderators of the recent presidential debates, despite our passing a major climate milestone in September.

A fairly astonishing study of network news broadcasts in 2016 showed no (!) climate change coverage — and relatively little policy coverage, for that matter — yet ample reporting on Hillary Clinton’s email.

You know what’s “extremely careless” (to borrow a phrase from James Comey)? Ignoring the most important issue in the world.



No comparison

Ever since the first debate between Hillary and Trump, many have remarked on the “ugliness” of this election season. It sounds so nice and bipartisan to call them both clowns and loftily pronounce yourself to be above the fray, but this is flagrant false equivalence. You don’t have to agree with Hillary on everything to see that, relative to Trump, she’s been a model candidate.

It’s worth noting that throughout history, people have said women can’t be president because they are too emotional, but Hillary has admirably demonstrated how a female candidate can have much greater self-control than her male opponent.



Cartoon: Kiss and Yell

A few relevant articles in case you missed them: One of the women alleging sexual misconduct by Trump is now fleeing the country out of concerns for her safety. Lou Dobbs retweeted the home address and phone number of accuser Jessica Leeds, which was dug up by a conservative website.  Trump spokeswoman AJ Delgado said “any reasonable woman would have come forward” with the accusations earlier. Delgado also claimed to be offended by the allegations, invoking some bizarre feminist reasoning from another planet:

“As a woman, I’m livid having read this. Not only are these accusations simply not credible but it’s disgusting that the New York Times is trivializing sexual assault this way. I take great offense at that, as a woman.”

Trump himself called NY Times reporter Megan Twohey “a disgusting human being” for even reporting on the accusations. A Wall Street Journal reporter tweeted that a Trump crowd in NC chanted “Lock her up!” in reference to the accusers.

In light of all this, I recommend this Vox article: “Trump is giving us a master class in why #WomenDontReport



Cartoon: Hillary’s internal debate



Trump’s Tremendous Stamina

If this comic sinks a little low, blame it on Trump. Between his blatantly sexist remark that Hillary didn’t look presidential because she lacked “stamina,” and the fact that I, as a freelance cartoonist, probably pay way more in income taxes than he does, I wasn’t in the mood to pull any punches.



It’s about more than Hillary



The bright side of a Trump presidency

Largely lost in the recent media frenzy over Hillary’s pneumonia was this little reminder of actual policy from Mike Pence, speaking at the Values Voters Summit:

“I want to live to see the day that we put the sanctity of life back at the center of American law, and we send Roe v. Wade to the ash heap of history, where it belongs.”

Pence vowed to uphold the Hyde Amendment, and added:

“The days of public funding for Planned Parenthood are over when the Trump-Pence administration arrives in Washington, DC,” he said.

It would be nice if we could talk about the millions of low-income women who will be denied access to life-saving health care instead of endlessly babbling about campaign gaffes and frivolous horse-race nonsense. Texas women, especially, have been through enough. Did you know this year’s Democratic platform includes a historic call to repeal the Hyde Amendment? Can we at least try to ground the conversation in the real-world impact on actual human beings?




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Jen Sorensen is a nationally-syndicated political cartoonist whose work has appeared in The Progressive, The Nation, Daily Kos, Austin Chronicle, NPR, Ms., Politico, and many other publications. The recipient of the 2014 Herblock Prize and a 2013 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, she tweets at @JenSorensen.

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