Elon Musk, the billionaire founder of Tesla and Space X, has agreed to buy social media site Twitter for $44 billion. Musk said he intended to promote unfettered free speech on the site, which conservatives accuse of suppressing their views. Critics fear Twitter is becoming a haven for hate speech, harassment and conspiracy. Editorial cartoonists explore both viewpoints in this week’s gallery.
Nick Anderson of Tribune Content Agency draws Twitter as a toy for Musk. A fearsome monster that may have come out of the movie ‘Aliens’ celebrates its return to the site in a cartoon by Bill Bramhall of the New York Daily News. Twitter’s little blue bird emerges from its cage in cartoons by Michael Ramirez, Scott Stantis, David Horsey and Phil Hands. Mike Luckovich draws the bird with eggs marked with hate, misogyny, misinformation and racism.
The cartoonists also commented on Russia’s unprovoked war against Ukraine, which is now in its third month. Dana Summers lures Russian leader Vladimir Putin to the table, preparing to carve out other nations that broke free from the Soviet Union after the Cold War ended. Luckovich and Walt Handelsman note Putin’s military reversals on land and at sea.
Other gallery topics this week include House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy filmed saying he “to see her” with President Donald Trump after the US Capitol riot on January 6, contrary to his public stance; rumors that President Joe Biden could forgive student loan debt; and French President Emanuel Macron’s electoral victory over far-right candidate Marine Le Pen.
The cartoons were drawn by Nick Anderson, Bill Bramhall, Dana Summers, Drew Sheneman, Scott Stantis, Walt Handelsman, David Horsey, Phil Hands, Joel Pett, and Joey Weatherford of Tribune Content Agency; and AF Branco, Mike Luckovich and Michael Ramirez of Creators Syndicate.