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Reinstate Stephanie Eisner
  • Petitioned Daily Texan Newspaper

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Daily Texan Newspaper

Reinstate Stephanie Eisner

    1. Samian Q
    2. Petition by

      Samian Q

      Austin, TX

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March 2013

Victory

From Petition Creator: Google "Quinoa: a foodie’s dilemma". She's getting published on The Daily Texan once more. Hopefully she returns to cartooning!

We, the concerned citizens of the University of Texas at Austin community and elsewhere, were stunned by the decision of the editorial board of The Daily Texan to fire cartoonist Stephanie Eisner on March 28, 2012.

Ms. Eisner drew a cartoon related to the Travyon Martin shooting incident in Florida, and this cartoon was published in The Daily Texan on March 27. Her cartoon lamented the national media framing the narrative of the shooting in simplistic and racialist terms.

Unfortunately, a minority within the campus community perceived racism within the cartoon itself and in the resultant controversy pressured the editorial staff to fire Eisner. Disappointingly, the editorial board complied to this vitriolic and narrow-minded minority and it removed Ms. Eisner from its staff.

The decision is an insult to journalistic independence, our national values of free speech and a free press, and the right to dissent from popular or prevailing viewpoints. Regardless of one's views of the cartoon itself, we find it alarming that Ms. Eisner would be shunned and silenced for expressing her views.

These values are not compatible with the liberal democratic values of our society. Ms. Eisner should be applauded for her courage and integrity, and we call upon the editorial board to reinstate her to her position as cartoonist.

We do not discount the stresses and tribulations that journalists face in defending their viewpoints to hostile readership.

Kurt Westergaard, the Danish author of the controversial Prophet Muhammad cartoons, has faced repeated attempts on his life for cartoons far more incendiary and offensive than anything Ms. Eisner has ever drawn. Yet his newspaper responded by republishing his cartoons --- an act of defiance that spoke volumes of a free society that did not hesitate to defend its values in the face of opprobrium or even violence.

We call on The Daily Texan to affirm its commitment to liberal democratic values and recognition of journalistic courage. We call on The Daily Texan to reinstate Ms. Eisner.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Professional illustrator Mark Armstrong on Eisner's case

      Samian Q
      Petition Organizer

      Be sure to check out his blog post on Ms. Eisner; he's quite sympathetic!
      (And he even has a political cartoon himself of The Daily Texan!)

    2. The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists (AAEC) supports Eisner

      Samian Q
      Petition Organizer

      I got this email from John Cole, President of the AAEC:

      "The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists supports your petition efforts to have Stephanie Eisner reinstated too her post at The Daily Texan.

      Stephanie's cartoon offers a valid critique of how many in the media are reporting the Trayvon Martin tragedy to fit a preconceived narrative. The wording in the dialogue balloon could have been different without dampening the cartoon's message; but in the context of the cartoon, Eisner's word choice obviously is not a racist insult despite what some apparently want to believe.

      Eisner is a college sophomore who made a sophomore mistake and has apologized for it. It's now time for the editorial board of The Daily Texan to do likewise.

      Best,

      John Cole
      The Times-Tribune
      Scranton, PA
      President, Association of American Editorial Cartoonists"

    3. American Thinker publishes article about the petition

      Samian Q
      Petition Organizer

      Check that out, too!

    4. University of Arizona at Tuscon expresses support for Stephanie Eisner!

      Samian Q
      Petition Organizer

      The Arizona Daily Wildcat's article "Don't Always Cave to Critics" is published below.
      Check it out!

    5. We just got to 250 signatures!!! We're on the home stretch!

      Samian Q
      Petition Organizer

      Remember that we're going for 400 SIGNATURES (Not 5,000 signatures). Once I get 400 signatures, I plan on printing the petition & signatures out, and taking them to The Daily Texan offices!

      Please please please be sure to email this petition out to everyone you know! Also, be sure to tweet this if you have Twitter and Like this if you have Facebook!

      I promise that I'll let you all know the moment any new developments come up! :)

      Again, you all are the GREATEST! :)
      Be proud!
      As Mahatma Gandhi once said, "Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth"!

    6. Reached 250 signatures
    7. PETITION STARTED TO REINSTATE TEXAS CARTOONIST AFTER TRAYVON CARTOON

      Samian Q
      Petition Organizer

      "The Daily Cartoonist", one of the fastest-growing news blogs for professional cartoonists, featured this petition!

    8. IMPORTANT NOTE RE: Number of signatures

      Samian Q
      Petition Organizer

      If we can hit around 400 signatures, I'll print out and hand deliver the signatures to The Daily Texan offices!

    9. Please make sure to Like this on Facebook or tweet this on Twitter!

      Samian Q
      Petition Organizer

      I personally don't have either a Facebook or a Twitter account, so I'm relying on you, my friends, to spread the word!

      Please hit the "Like" button on the lower left of this screen if you're a Facebook user, or the blue "t" if you use Twitter!

      Thank you all so much for your support!

    10. UT student starts petition to reinstate Trayvon Martin cartoonist

      Samian Q
      Petition Organizer

      The Houston Chronicle, an American newspaper of record with one of the largest circulations in our country, has officially become the THIRD major national news organization to report on this petition!

      A good day, indeed!

    11. Student Petition Pushes for Fired Daily Texan Cartoonist to be Rehired

      Samian Q
      Petition Organizer

      Fantastic coverage from "College Media Matters" --- thanks!

    12. National Public Radio (NPR) is the SECOND national news org to feature us!

      Samian Q
      Petition Organizer

      Fresh after The Huffington Post, NPR has now joined on!

    13. Editorial outrage does not merit cartoonist’s expulsion

      Samian Q
      Petition Organizer

      "Student Life" newspaper at Washington University in St. Louis wrote about us!

      Much love to our friends at St. Louis, Missouri!

    14. Online petition backs UT cartoonist

      Samian Q
      Petition Organizer

      KXAN Austin news has just reported on us; more to come!

      Be sure to check out the link!

    15. UPDATE: We just got featured on The Huffington Post!

      Samian Q
      Petition Organizer

      The first major national news organization to write exclusively about this petition!

      Be sure to check it out!

    16. Trayvon Martin cartoon sends The Daily Texan into editorial chaos

      Samian Q
      Petition Organizer

      Special mention to "The Digital Texan", which was the first news source to help us out!!!

    17. Student Fired for Trayvon Martin Cartoon

      Samian Q
      Petition Organizer

      The National Review Online (NRO) sure gets it... I was fortunate enough to share the petition with the columnist from NRO!

    18. Petition calls for Daily Texan to reinstate cartoon artist

      Samian Q
      Petition Organizer

      We made it on "The Horn"!

    19. We got featured in the Burnt Orange Report (BOR)!

      Samian Q
      Petition Organizer

      Check this out, guys!
      http://www.burntorangereport.com/diary/12080/why-the-ut-cartoonist-should-be-reinstated

      The staff at BOR were kind enough to take an op-ed from me with a link to the petition!

    20. 100 signatures down!!! (Only 4,900 slots left for you to sign) :)

      Samian Q
      Petition Organizer

      We can get many more signatures if everyone emails, Tweets, or Facebook-posts this link!

      You guys are the best :')

    21. Reached 100 signatures
    22. Thanks for the support!

      Samian Q
      Petition Organizer

      Hey, guys! Thanks so much for signing this petition! Please remember to share this petition on social media networks you may have, including Twitter and Facebook, and to email this to friends and family!

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Mackenzie Dalglish SPRING, TX
      • about 2 years ago

      I know Stephanie Eisner, and I know she isn't racist. Everyone can slip up from time to time, and she doesn't deserve to be nationally hated based on a mistake. What about the editors of the newspaper? Shouldn't they have caught this? Or, perhaps, did the true meaning of her cartoon shine through to them, and they missed it? In that case, she is not a poorly-skilled cartoonist as the media claims. Either way, she shouldn't have been fired as that was a cowardly act of "cover our ass and shove the culprit under the bus" by t.u. in my opinion.

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      • over 2 years ago

      The cartoon looked perfectly fine to me...if it offended anyone they should kill themselves to show how offended they were...then they would prove their point to me!

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    • Joseph Puccia CASTLE ROCK, WA
      • over 2 years ago

      I seem to recall that the good Revs. Sharpton, Jackson, and the MSM are the ones who jumped to the RACIST conclusion in this case with absolutely no evidence to back them up, just their own demented, biased, hateful opinions. More distraction to keep us busy while they think of bigger and better ways to sell out this nation to the communists. Keep playing that race card, like no other ethnic group ever experienced slavery. What an insult to honest, fair-minded, hard-working black people throughout this country!

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    • G Gorbachev BOSTON, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      Freedom to dissent and make socially relevant comments goes both ways. There was no racist content to her cartoon. If disagreeing that X is racist is itself racist, then there's no point in having any speech at all - why not just tell us all what to think?

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    • Griffin Sowards STATESBORO, GA
      • over 2 years ago

      No job should have been lost over this. IF someone had to be fired it should have been an editor.

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