Pittsburgh’s largest newspaper published a cartoon Tuesday poking fun at Gov. Rick Perry, but making light of last month’s explosion in a Texas town that killed at least 15 people.
The cartoon, published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, shows a smoldering crater with a sign that reads, “Fertilizer Plant,” and the governor saying, “I love the smell of deregulation in the morning!”
The Washington Times reported Sunday that the Sacramento Bee in California posted a similar cartoon, showing Mr. Perry boasting about “booming” business in his state and then showing an explosion with the word “BOOM!”
Following a slew of backlash, including from the governor himself, the Bee’s editorial page editor, Stuart Leavenworth, has continued to defend the cartoonist, who he says finds it offensive “a governor who would gamble with the lives of families by not pushing for the strongest safety regulations.”