Washington Post Didn't Get it Right
You know the Klyde Morris cartoon that Wes
Oleszewski drew for Aero-News last week (with a follow-on, Monday), the one
explaining the characteristically-lousy cartoon portrayal of the
FAA building? Remember how the hero-ant, Klyde Morris, noted that
he was accosted by FAA security, and told that he couldn't take a
picture of it?
Well, the Washington Post picked up on the story behind the cartoon, and,
although their reporter didn't get it right (he consistently
referred to Klyde's artist, Wes Oleszewski, as "Morris"), the
incident got at least a few folks asking what kind of insanity this
The reporter, Don Phillips, suggested that, since Klyde is often
pointing out the stupidity and heavy-handedness of the FAA, this
particular incident might have been a "counterattack."
The bad news is, there was a lot of discussion -- serious
discussion -- of whether it should be illegal to take photos
of federal buildings, from the sidewalk!
The Post says Wes would have not had the problem, if
only he had gone to the FAA's website for a photo. In other words,
if Wes had gone through channels, he could have looked at
a government-cleared photo. The Post thus implied that
Oleszewski might have had other reasons for wanting to take
that photo. Hmmm...
[Perhaps the federal government will get the message: it's
the government that is unpopular, not the American people.
Perhaps the government could get more in line with the American
people -- the freedom-loving, live-and-let-live, friendly and
intelligent folks we are. Perhaps then the government wouldn't need
to be so blinking paranoid, that its full-benefit goons are willing
and authorized to accost cartoonists --ed.]
"When they came for the cartoonists, I said nothing, because I
was not a cartoonist..."