December 23, 2015 Last Updated 8:30 am

The Washington Post pulls cartoon by Ann Telnaes depicting Sen. Ted Cruz’s daughters

Morning Brief: British family of 11 prevented from boarding flight from Gatwick to LA for trip to Disneyland, airline stiffs them of $13K flight costs, no explanation offered

The Washington Post pulled an animated cartoon from Ann Telnaes this morning that depicted the daughters of Sen Ted Cruz as small monkeys on leashes. The cartoon was created after Cruz used his daughters in a television commercial for his campaign.

WaPo-cartoon-cruz“It’s generally been the policy of our editorial section to leave children out of it. I failed to look at this cartoon before it was published. I understand why Ann thought an exception to the policy was warranted in this case, but I do not agree,” said Fred Hiatt, the Post’s editorial page editor.

Cruz, meanwhile, used the cartoon as an excuse for another campaign fundraising effort, attempting to raise 1 million in 24 hours. “I knew I’d be facing attacks from day one of my campaign, but I never expected anything like this,” Cruz said in his fundraising email.

Telnaes was unapologetic, tweeting “Ted Cruz has put his children in a political ad- don’t start screaming when editorial cartoonists draw them as well.”

A British family of 11 was prevented at the last minute from boarding a flight from London’s Gatwick to Los Angeles on December 15. The family of 11 was planning a trip to Disneyland when US officials took the father aside to inform him that he and his family would not be allowed onboard.

“It’s because of the attacks on America – they think every Muslim poses a threat,” one of the family members told the Guardian.

To make matters worse, the airline told the family that they would not be refunded the $13,340 they spent on their flights. The family was also forced to return what they had bought at the airport’s duty-free shops before they were escorted from the airport.

The Washington Post also reported the story today, and with their wide open comment threads are attracting Muslim haters, leaving some readers to wonder about the paper’s comment policies.

“Who are these people that comment here? Seriously, anyone speaking like this in real life would be immediately isolated and branded an ignorant bigot,” wrote one reader. “Seriously, where do you all come from, I really want to know.”

EMarketer today reported on the growth of digital advertising in Canada, finding that digital advertising now makes up a third of all advertising in the country.


“The shift toward digital ad spending is inexorable, as marketers have clearly indicated they prefer the more concrete metrics associated with digital ad formats,” the research firm reported.

Television still dominates advertising in Canada, as it does in the US, and print will still account of a fifth of all ad expenditures in 2016, eMarketer predicts.

But newspapers will be faced with more ad pressure, with the industry’s share of ad dollars slipping to 16.5 percent from this year’s 20 percent share.

With holiday approaching, many of the major app stores will be shutting down. Apple, for instance, is not accepting new app or app update submissions from December 22 through December 29. Yesterday the App Store team cleared out many minor bug fix updates, so none should be seen today.

TNM will employ kind of a soft shutdown approach, only posting new stories should a major event occur.

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