Newspaper Apologizes For Publishing Disturbing Cartoon About Las Vegas Shooting: ‘Not the Right Time’

On Tuesday, a Vermont newspaper published an editorial cartoon titled ‘Whatever Happens in Vegas…’ that depicted just a pile of outstretched bodies. The drawing, by Randall Enos, was a commentary on the mass shooting that took place in Las Vegas late Sunday night that left 59 dead (including the shooter) and over 500 injured.

Following the publication, the Bennington Banner issued an apology to its readers over the cartoon due to the backlash it had received. In a Facebook post by New England Newspapers Executive Editor Kevin Moran, he stated that publishing Enos’ cartoon was “not the right time or the right place, especially since Sunday’s night’s mass shooting hit so close to home for our readers and neighbors.”

Moran was referring to the fact that one of the people killed in the shooting, Sandy Casey, was from Dorset, Vermont.

Below is the Facebook post:

The president of New England Newspapers, Frederic D. Rutberg, also wrote a letter of apology to the Banner readers that was published in the paper. In that letter, he stated that the “decision to publish was made in haste” and that the paper is “addressing the matter internally.”

If you want to see the cartoon for yourself, this is what it looked like (WARNING: GRAPHIC):

[image via Bennington Banner]

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