New England Newspaper's Cartoon Following Vegas Mass Shooting Brings Outrage
BENNINGTON, Vt. — A Vermont community newspaper has begun to receive the ire of its readers after it published an editorial cartoon following the Las Vegas concert shooting last weekend.
The Bennington Banner, a daily newspaper in southwestern Vermont, published a cartoon by Randal Enos in its Tuesday edition with a title of "WHATEVER HAPPENS IN VEGAS..." The cartoon included images of a pile of bodies. People have taken to Facebook to show their displeasure with publishing the cartoon.
A California teacher, Dorset, Vermont native and graduate of local schools, Sandy Casey, was killed in Sunday night's shooting.
The president of the paper's parent company, Frederic D. Rutberg of New England Newspapers, Inc., published an apology Tuesday and said he would be at the paper's office Wednesday morning to talk with people about the incident.
In part, Rutberg wrote, "as the president of the company, the responsibility for the grievous error is mine, and I apologize to the entire Bennington community that the Banner was so insensitive."