Decision 2012: Historical Connections

Measuring the Media

Measuring the Media

Measuring the Media

Editorial cartoons — sometimes referred to as political cartoons — have been present throughout our nation's history. They use symbolism, caricature, slogans and other visual and verbal tools to comment on events from the Stamp Act to the Civil War to our current presidential election. As editorial content, these cartoons are free to offer an opinion on a news story rather than reporting objectively on the facts, the way a news article does. What do editorial cartoonists have to say about the current campaign? Browse through the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists' online database of current cartoons and find three cartoons that comment on the election. Then use this tip sheet to help interpret your cartoon. What perspectives do these cartoonists have on the election? Do you agree or disagree with these perspectives? Why?