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Auchter's Art: Russian bots have an easy job

John Auchter
Michigan Radio

Three inspirations for this week's cartoon:

  • A recent This American Life episode titled "Words You Can't Say." There are two stories, and both are really good. But if you only have a half-hour, definitely listen to Act 2. It is a textbook (and real) example of how strict adherence to ideology can absolutely obliterate common sense and common good. 
  • Special counsel Robert Mueller bringing indictment changes against Russian nationals for interfering with U.S. elections and political processes. It's becoming more and more apparent just how easy it was for outside agitators to hijack political dialogue. American voters in 2016 weren't so much tricked as we were manipulated and amplified. Instead of questioning sources, we enthusiastically became accomplices. How is that not a top threat to our nation?
  • The most recent flurry of memes that followed the Parkland, Florida massacre. I applaud those who are off of social media for Lent. Good timing, I'd say. But because I draw this political cartoons, I didn't feel right totally cutting myself off, so instead I'm making a special effort to avoid anger triggers. And that's exactly what most memes are, anger triggers. Anyway, the small sample I've let my eye wander across, oy! If they weren't authored by Russian trolls, then they were authored by Olympic trolls from Russia.

Oh, wait, there was a fourth: The most recent crop of freeze/thaw potholes, which are destined to ruin my cars and shake the fillings from my teeth. Oh, how I hate potholes.
John Auchter is a freelance editorial cartoonist. His views are his own and do not necessarily reflect those of Michigan Radio, its management, or its license holder, the University of Michigan. 

Since 1995 John has created Michigan-based editorial cartoons for the Grand Rapids Business Journal, the Grand Rapids Press, and MLive Newspapers. His cartoons are currently featured at MichiganPublic.org and are syndicated to newspapers through the Michigan Press Association. John is an active member of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. You can view an archive of his editorial work and other cartoons at Auchtoon.com.
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