The Washington Post is in hot water today after publishing an offensive cartoon portraying the children of Sen. Ted Cruz as trained monkeys.
The portrayal of humans as monkeys has long been considered racially insensitive taboo, and some critics are complaining that public outrage has been limited because Cruz, who is of Cuban ancestry, is a Republican.
In the cartoon, Cruz is holding two leashes, and his children are depicted as monkeys being made to dance for voters’ amusement. In addition to being insensitive, it’s long been considered a tradition in American journalism not to attack politicians’ and candidates’ children.
For its part, the Washington Post is refusing to apologize for its offensive cartoon. A note from editor Fred Hiatt said he simply neglected to review the cartoon before it was published.
To his credit, Cruz didn’t use the opportunity to score political points, and simply stuck up for his kids like any father would.
Classy. @washingtonpost makes fun of my girls. Stick w/ attacking me–Caroline & Catherine are out of your league. https://t.co/N61ys6z8w1
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) December 22, 2015
Fellow Latino candidate, and presidential rival Sen. Marco Rubio, spoke up for his fellow Republican:
Wash Post cartoon featuring @tedcruz’s children is disgusting. The Post saying the kids are “fair game” is even worse. — Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) December 23, 2015
– The Horn editorial staff
This just proves that the Washington Post is a yellow rag newspaper.
They are a disgusting rag. Anytime ANY publication or media outlet prints or shows anything even slightly off color about the dems the whole system spirals out of control and they start demanding apologies. This is reprehensible and I hope he sues them.
Me too. The Washington Post will not come into my house – ever! Trashy yellow “journalism”!
You are absolutely right!! They are disgusting, just shows what a low life, predudice, untrustworthy, so called “news” source they claim to be!!
The humanoid female that posted this is a PIG!!! Needs to change her pantie shield!!
PLEASE DON’T INSULT “HUMANOIDS”…….the female that posted this hateful cartoon is not even human.
Mikey Likes It !
Mikey,you and the rest of the scum of the earth deserve each other
They are trash the post. Is a low life an all lie SHAME on them
What would have been the general media reaction to Obama and his children in a cartoon like this?
T they probably would attempt to chop their heads off. It seems the new law of the land is that only Democrats and Muslims have any right to an opinion
You are so right Judy! LoL
This poor excuse for an outfit brings great shame to the word journalism! These reporters have no balls and no integrity,,, just do what their master says! That is one of the major problems with this country, and the world alike! Also when you attack someones children, for any reason, You should be slapped really hard! What a shameful organization!!,, with the common sense of doorknobs!!
Masanja Balele says
I am really sorry for TPs and Repubs that they do not know Ted Cruz is not yet an American yet. Cruz was born in Canada to a Cuban father. So actually Cruz is a Cuban-Canadian with a Vermont accent. People should know Cruz is an immigrant. He has migrant labor Visa. But he has overstayed it. That is why Cruz voted for the Canadian pipe-line his born Country. Cruz is now trying to renounce the Canadian and Cuban citizenship. But Texans are so stupid to elect a migrant laborer as their senator. There is something primitive about Texans, TPs and Repubs why they elected Cruz as their Senator. It is possible GOP did not have candidates and therefore were recruiting foreigners such as Cruz.
Charlene Holt says
Masanja Balele: You need to get your facts straight before you post half truths. Senator Ted Cruz renounced his citizenship to Canada when he ran for the Senate years ago. You sound as bad as the Washington Post. You people can’t tell the truth if it bit you on the butt. What is wrong with being born in Canada with a father who is an ex-Cuban. Not anywhere as bad as Obama being born in Kenya and we don’t hear one word of condemnation from the liberals, liberal news papers, no Democratic Party member that were the ones that put him on THEIR ballot to run for the presidency in 2008. Where is that condemnation on Obama……..who either lied to the Democrats or they knew it and did nothing about it. A president that refused to let anyone view his birth certificate which is one of the things all presidents are required…..no one said a word about that little tidbit. Also a president who immediately upon becoming the president had all of his records, transcripts sealed so no one could see the truth of where he came from. You people are sick.
so stupid are you> “O” is not a citizen either..no viable birth record, no college references etc., etc..never VETTED…yet the weird americans who voted for him are insane and only want handouts.
steve ramsay says
Obama has never been vetted so “who cares” it seems that socialists like you feel all is fair for you but no one else. Please do not refer to a phony birth record either, and his sympathy and support for muslim terrorists is obvious even to you, or it should be. If Cruz’s kid’s are fair game, so is every parents child even yours. Think about it and prove with facts that can be substantiated Obama is a US citizen. I never cap the muslim word out of disrespect for the terrorists and supporters of them.
Merry Christmas to you and yours.
KEN DUNAWAY says
Careful Mas. Balele , What do we have in W H. NOW?? BUT I DO THINK WE HAVE VIOLATED THE CONSTITUTION ENOUGH, AND THAT IS ENOUGH. DOESN’T ANYONE FOLLOW THE LAW ANYMORE , EVEN P.DEPT. DONT. WE SHOULD QUIT BASHING ONE AND OTHER AND WORK TOGETHER. WHAT WE HAD IN THE PAST, OUR WORST WAS BETTER THAN TODAYS BEST. PEOPLE BETTER THINK THINGS OUT AND GET THE WHOLE PICTURE OF WHAT IS HAPPENING AND WHAT WILL HAPPEN. MAY GOD BLESS US ALL
George Roberts says
Masanja Balele: Talking about uninformed and stupid. I would say you lead the field. You are just what the clinton/sanders bunch are looking for. Like Gump said, stupid is, as stupid does or speaks.
esteban l bovo sr says
SHOW PROOF OR SHUT UP, DO NOT GO HERESAY, PROOF THAT WHAT YOU ARE SAYING IS TRUE
The Washington COM-POST like all the other LIBERAL RAGS….Need to be held LEGALLY ACOUNTABLE for their Actions…
Bob Rea says
This is the final blow for this rag, I am cnacelling my subscription. This cartoonn is below the belt.
Sara Parker says
Good for you!
Good for you!
Amazon now owns the Washington Post. Go To Hell Jeff Bezos!
esteban l bovo sr says
SURPRISE, SURPRISE, BEZOS STEP FATHER IS CUBAN AMERICAN, BEZOS JR SHOUL CALL THE ASSHOLE CARTOON MAKER TO THE CARPET ANF FIRE HIS ASS
Robert L. Stone says
I would like to see Mr. Cruz sue the Washington Post and get an award that is so much money, it would bankrupt that news paper. If I had the power, it would be a billion dollars and the money would be into the general fund to lower the national debt.
John Miller says
Perfect reply and solution! God Bless America, Ted Cruz and his Family.
Sara Parker says
Thank you for that post!
They SHOULD be sued!
LEAVE THE CHILDREN OUT OF THIS!!!
Yeah the Washington post is a. Pig news paper. They are parasites just like the scum @ glamour. Bet they would come unglued if people referred to ovomits two girls. In that manner so you parasites leave MR. CRUZ CHILDREN ALONE.
It shows how low and scumbag the media is. And how prejudiced they are. I hope when we get a REAL president, the media cleans up its ACT. They NEVER did this under Bush and I don’t think it was NEAR that bad with slick willy. Even though it could have been.
James Olsen says
No, No, No Mr.Stone, give the money to the disabled vets.
The tone of politics in recent years is very alarming. We’ve seen a decline in civility and bipartisanship, and a rapid increase in hostility between those who have differing opinions. This has led to the alienation of the public in governance, which jeopardizes democratic participation. Societies that lack civility and respect for others have a dismal future.
Sara Parker says
I share your outrage with politics but blaming the politicians for the stupidity of Journalist seems a little off the mark. The News media is a joke that is not in the least bit funny. They use the publications as their personal agenda vehicle. This has to be total violation of their own ethics code ( if they have one ) and the constitutions guarantee of freedom of the press. We need Freedom of the Press to report the truth to the American People instead of their agenda or opinion. Their needs to be some recompence.
SJ Jolly says
FYI: There has been a nasty streak in American politics for a very long time. Clear from the very beginning. Civility and bipartisanship are the rare exception.
Oh, yes, people! And it’s going to get worse. The liberals are at it again, Trumpsters, along with the dirty GOP and other oath-breaking RINO politicians.. ALL TRUMP FANS NEED TO BE AWARE OF THIS **** The negative ads against Trump, all the ads for Bush paid for by the PAC Pimps, all of the hype by the media that Hillary can beat Trump, all the GOP candidates staying in the race with single digit % numbers, all the low polling GOP Candidates spewing negative comments about Trump, the media constantly bringing the low polling candidates on air to comment on anything and everything…..this is all a plan by the GOP Establishment to keep Trumps percentages below 50% in every state. This will allow the GOP establishment the opportunity to hand pick who the delegates will go to at the GOP National Convention even if Trump wins the popular vote. All popular votes must come in above the 50% mark in every state which will prevent the GOP from assigning that states delegates to whomever they want. Why do you think Jeb Bush keeps saying that Trump isn’t going to win the nomination? It is because he is in on this GOP Conspiracy to keep Trump from getting the GOP nomination. Bush is pretty sure that Trump will not make the 50% mark and already knows that those delegates will go to him making him the nominee. WAKE UP TRUMP SUPPORTERS AND SPREAD THIS TO ANYONE AND EVERYONE!!!!! This is sickening and no one is talking about it..the media isn’t talking about it, the GOP is banking no one starts talking about it. VOTE VOTE VOTE FOR TRUMP. Keep the GOP from bringing him down right before the National Convention. The GOP is banking on the Trump supporters not getting wind of this. They are banking on this so that after the primary elections are over it will be too late for us to do anything about it. They literally do not care if Hillary gets into office as all of them are sleeping together and are terrified if Trump gets into office all of their gravy trains will disappear. Obamacare, the Trade Agreement, Common Core all things that are making the PAC Pimps LOTS OF MONEY!! It is up to Trump Supporters to start to bring this to the forefront. The media never will as they are part of the PAC Pimps. VOTE VOTE VOTE!!!! FOR TRUMP!!! The GOP does not care if anyone runs 3rd party because they do not care if Hillary wins. If Trump runs 3rd party and loses and causes Hillary to win, the GOP doesn’t care. The GOP will take Hillary over Trump.” (Either way, they’d still get to ride their gravy trains – at the taxpayers expense. They intend for Trump to lose, using every foul trick they can come up with.)
marcy bernstein says
Where did the Washington Post make fun of the Obama children.
Politicians children are off limits.
This was a dirty trick for the Washington Post.
Ted Cruz and his daughters deserve an apology.
Sara Parker says
Oh, obama’s children have always been safe from the media. As HE has, as well!
gilbert marek says
You know, They never said One word about the President daughters at all, And they shouldn’t. Kids have nothing to do with what there Parents do. And Ted Cruz is a nice man and his family is also, Ted doesn’t say much ,But when he talks, He tells the truth, and his two little Girls are very beautiful little girls, Little dolls, and his wife is a beautiful lady, and is a very smart lady also. When people start that crap. They got nothing better to talk about.
I disagree with you, in generality, on the point that children’s behavior has nothing to do with what THEIR (you used the wrong one) parents do.
Sara Parker says
So very true!
Sounds like a lot of you are behind on some important information Didn’t you know??
THE MEDIA IS IN OBAMA’S POCKET
How does a “good” republican candidate expect to get “fair and unbiased” coverage of their campaign with the following information? Our media is bought-and-paid for. They follow the dictates of their boss in D.C. Now they are working together (along with 5 of the RINO candidates) to derail the campaigns of Trump and Cruz. This was forwarded to me, but I added the NY Times.
ABC News executive producer Ian Cameron is married to Susan Rice, National Security Adviser.
ABC News correspondent Claire Shipman is married to former Whitehouse Press Secretary Jay Carney
ABC News and Univision reporter Matthew Jaffe is married to Katie Hogan, Obama’s Deputy Press Secretary
ABC President Ben Sherwood is the brother of Obama’s Special Adviser Elizabeth Sherwood
CBS President David Rhodes is the brother of Ben Rhodes, Obama’s Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications.
CNN President Virginia Moseley is married to former Hillary Clinton’s Deputy Secretary Tom Nides.
I think someone on the Washington POST may have some ties to the Obama administration. And now we must add The New York Times and The New York News to this list.
The above media should be considered bought-and-paid for – by Obama.
And now you know why it is no surprise THE MEDIA IS IN OBAMA’S POCKET. Think there might be a little bias in the news? This may also explain the cover up of Benghazi, etc., etc., etc., etc., etc., etc., etc.,……..
Isn’t it interesting that every place you look in Obama’s administration people fill positions because of who they know, not what they know or how competent they are —- and you wonder why our country has so many problems.
THIS IS AND HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE ‘GREAT CHICAGO WAY…… NEPOTISM AT IT’S BEST. THE EASIEST WAY TO COVER YOUR LIES IS WITH FAMILY !
robert tyler says
Can you IMAGINE the UPROAR if they so characterized Obama’s or any other “African American” candidate like that (except, maybe Dr. Ben Carson)???
Sara Parker says
Everything you said is true!
It is a shame that our first African American president has caused our country to be more racist than ever!
mama bear says
Rubio is Bush all over, Cruz not much better. GO TRUMP the only truth teller
I agree with You! TRUMP needs to go alway. He doesn’t have political pockets to answer to since he is paying for his own campaign.
I think all the candidates should have to pay for their own campaigns that way the new president will not have to be helping any other political parties except for the stuff that comes up during his presidency!
Have you heard of campaign finance reform? The person with the most money shouldn’t automatically be the winner.
Genevieve Banda says
If Trump if the GOP winner I will vote for him. It would be stupid not to, and thus allow Hillary to win. Hillary would finish off Americafor sure. I can’t imagine anyone stupid enough to vote for Hillary, especially after she is a known liar. But stupid people are out there and in abundance.
However, my choice I’d Ted Cruz. I am not aware of a single lie from him. What can you tell me?
The Washington Post is simply the Democrat Party’s Pravda. They are just another liberal rag.
it’s long been considered a tradition in American journalism not to attack politicians’ and candidates’ children (of the Candidates on the left, Sarah Palin’s children were attacked as well.)
Cherie, FYI, Sarah Palin is a Republican….not a “candidate on the left” She is very conservative!
Totally sinful, unbiblical, anti-Christian. Is it any wonder that some folks refer to the Washington Post as washington compost?
WaPo is digging their own grave. Can’t wait to pizz on it.
It is totally abhorrent for the Washington post to print a cartoon of Senator Cruz’s children at all….much less as monkeys on a leash!!! What did they hope to prove? Maybe that the Post is a low-class, liberal, shooting-itself-in the-foot, dhimmicrat tool?
wilbert jennings says
They wouldn’t dare do that to obama and Michael his (spouse)
Do you mean Michelle?
Yes Michelle (Mike) the Mooch.
Louie Monroe says
I’m trying to imagine what would happen if The Washington Post depicted Obama with his children as monkeys on a leash.
EXCUSE ME??? Even now the media lies! They say the media is not supposed to attack politicians and their children? How quickly they forgot how they viciously attacked Sarah Palin and her daughter!
Those two little monkeys look like the Obama girls
J. Miller says
NO NO lou. YOU just committed the same reprehensible act!
It is a good thing this was not done to Obama as BLM, Sharpton, Hillary, and fellow Demoncrats would have held protests all over the country. I am sure our AG would have chirped in also.
Kevin Beck says
The Washington Compost lived up to this moniker today. And as usual, they will do what any libtard does when insulting a conservative: Reject the thought that they should apologize. The standard double-standard trick they use to excuse their reprehensible behavior. And the doofus editor just brushes it off by saying, “I failed to review it before it went out.”
Just one additional question for the lame-brain editor Mr. Fred Hiatt: If you did review the cartoon, would you still have published it?
J. Miller says
And that Washington Compost pile has an incredible liberal stink supporting anti-Constitution, ant-American, a.k.a. liberal/progressive agenda. Everyone invited to get off your couch, leave the low information TV and vote conservative this coming November to get America back on the Constitutional track for Liberty and Equal Justice for ALL. And for common sense sake SEAL THE US BORDERS AND STOP IMMIGRATION for at least five years.
Robert sterling says
If they had made the same portrayal of the Obama kids they would have closed down the paper and arrested every one that worked there and changed them with a hate crime.
J. Miller says
And that, Robert, is a STERLING reply. Thanks. 🙂
BOY DID YOU GET THAT RIGHT!!!That is the true underlying reason that we are all so upset. Obama, the hate mongering muslim would have the state dept. the IRS and the dept. of Homeland Security all over the one that would dare to voice an opinion different from theirs.
Sergio Pastor says
Can you IMAGINE the UPROAR if they so characterized Obama’s family……or any other “African-American” candidate like that . I am a Latino and a democrat and I find that cartoon very insulting…yellow journalism at its finest from racist Obama ass kissers. Attack Cruz , leave the kids out of it..
Dick Albright says
Ted and kids will outlast Hiatt, like Donald. We have more looking forward than at any other time…as this is OUR TIME! The campaign leaders prove EXACTLY WHO WE (“THE PEOPLE”) REALLY ARE…NOW, LIKE NEVER BEFORE!
This is simply disgusting and ultra-racist from the Washington Post.
Henry Stahl says
Such Vile & Disgusting cartoon garbage the Washington Post has heaped on its own liberal rag/washington compost with its characterization of the beautiful Cruz girls as “monkeys”.
This Rag has stooped to a New Low…As a parent and a grandfather this piece of garbage should not be supported by any entity running ads or subscribing.
snarlz barkly says
wapo, thanks for confirming what Trump had to say about you “disgusting” liberal media types in Grand Rapids, MI. on 12/22/15. You could not have proved his point anymore brilliantly if you tried.
Of course the biased media would never pull this on a democrap, pretty low even for the Wash Post though, the progressive liberals are done because they’re destroying our country. Good luck on getting any votes in 2016.
Philip Allen says
The Washington Post is a scumbag newspaper! The only way they can get any publicity is to stoop so low as to attack the children of a politician such as Ted Cruz. It’s one thing to attack a politicians ideas such as Ted Cruz himself but his children should not be attacked period, but when has the Liberal Media has any integrity and common sense. There is nothing to be gained by attacking someone’s children except to piss people off. The American Voters want to hear way we can get our economy going and bring jobs back to America, How we can keep America and it’s people safe and provide our Vets and Seniors a quality of life all Americans want etc. Criticizing someone doesn’t do a bit of good to make America better or great again. Discussing ideas and challenging ideas does. I always said if your ideas are the best then you don’t need to resort to name calling and trying to make the other politician look bad by attacking him as you will win on the best idea or ideas. Haven’t you heard may the best man win, the best man wins by convincing the American Voter his ideas for America is the best…batter than anyone else’s ideas. This is how you win!
Zella Orendorff says
I think it is totally disgusting that the Washington Post could even begin to print a cartoon depicting two innocent children as performing monkey’s just because their father is running for president. It just shows how low the liberal papers will go today to supposedly build up their agendas. You should be ashamed of yourselves. When we lose respect for our fellow Americans and their families, America loses credibility as a humanitarian nation that helps any and all people. You have beautiful children Mr. and Mrs. Cruz.
The hatred from the left is growing and will ultimately lead to their demise. They’re “supplying the rope to hang themselves”.
WAPO hands down tips off obvious lefty bias! How about somebody post all the advertisers of WAPO so we can send letters announcing boycott of their products for supporting this nonsense. Actually, if media outlets want to continue to play the liberal bias card we should boycott all their advertisers until they start doing their job as intended… which is to ferret out corruption and report the news truthfully!
I used to buy the NY Daily News 365 days a year but I stopped buying it because like the Washington Compost all the news & editorials lean totally to the left when all I wanted was fair news reporting not trying to convert me.
The media preys on low informed voters, half of which only read “Headlines” and not the article. I’m not a Cruz supporter but leave his children alone, EVERYONE should boycott their scum paper.,
saul mishaan says
the washington post is alot likes its sister, the ny times. they have shown their true colors once again. they dont believe that newspapers should be fair and objective sources of news reporting. they are simply left wing supporters of the democratic party.
they do have use though. dog owners should carry copies of them when they are walking their dogs…
Richard G. Shuster says
I quit reading the Washington Post eons ago,
this most recent gaffe is an example of why.
Free Speech is a Right, belittling is not Free Speech….
Richard G. Shuster
Phillip Lake says
Hey, Washington Post, you insensitive MF’s; why don’t you call Obama’s kids monkeys? You cowardly bastards. If you talked about my family that way you might not be worrying about a job or anything else. I hate you fn’ news people from tv to papers like you and on to the internet. NONE of you even know what good journalism is anymore.
Kathy Walker says
I don’t like Cruz and would not vote for him. He said in June 2013. ( That he was for immigration he never talked about sending them back to where they came from .) Just that he would deal the border after Trump said it first. I don’t trust Cruz he’s has bought off he after all is in Congress. I don’t think they should go after his kids, but the people in this country have had it with all the dishonesty. I think Trump is the only hope that we have to straighten this mess out.
Shirley Durmon says
It doesn’t really matter the Web – it is any dirty rag that would use someone’s children to ridicule or use them in any manner other than very nicely. This was really in very poor taste, and an apology from that site wouldn’t mean anything if they even tried to
since their minds do not work in the direction of decency. I do, however, appreciate Rubio taking up for his fellow Republican.
Those writers, if one can call them that, need to remember one thing; they may think they have won a battle, but guess who is going to win the WAR one of these days?
Truth sayer says
If Amazon does in fact own the Post then how about sending the president of Amazon a note and tell him to tell the Post to apologize. Then again you could remind him that you could shop some were else if he doesn’t do that. Just saying!
c’Mon! Where the hell does it even SAY those monkeys are supposed to be his kids??? It’s okay for media to trash Trump and his family, but, God forbid someone trashes any other candidate! Besides, like I said, who said the monkeys are representative of kids?
And you are a complete idiot! What if your liberal idol Obama was shown with his two kids depicted as monkeys? You would be the first to demand a Congressional investigation and that he cartoonist be thrown in prison!
Lee A. Paquet says
Instead of commenting on his policies (which are a giant improvement over Obama), the Liberal media ONCE again paints their targets with emotional outbursts that have nothing to do with the issues. Look for emotional appeals, non-logiic and distractions as the main tactics of the Left. They don’t have logical arguments.
utter trash! Senator Cruz (few others as well) is very professional and does not include sickening comments about anyone when he speaks..very refreshing. many of the politicians sound/behave as juvenile bullies…perhaps they are not able to address America’s issues so they resort to plain stupidity. time to have a real president with decent values and truly interested in keeping this country safe and prosperous.
It is an absolute guarantee that this would not have been published if it were the Obama’s or the Clinton’s that were the subject. The editor would have found the time to look closer and reject it.
Apparently it is okay for the liberals to attack the families of the Republican candidates and they don’t get upset but boy oh boy, don’t say anything or talk about any liberal’s family etc..
So Mr. Hiatt is saying that his editorial incompetence is an acceptable excuse for his newspaper to attack a candidates children? No wonder the press has lost it’s credibility.
That is disgusting attacking Cruiz’s children. Disgusting paper!
Is it just my memory going bad or what. Seems that i remember postage stamps with flags flying right. Bought some and now the flag is flying left. Political . or something else
George Roberts says
Thank you washing post, (note lower case), Cruz was in my top five. Now, to know that you and your lefties are so afraid of him that you would stoop so low as attacking his CHILDREN, you have moved him to my top three. And NO, the clinton undercover friend and sidekick, donald trump is not among them. Cruz has proven his worth by his response to this cheep shot aimed at him and his family.