An animated political cartoon poking fun at the Tea Party movement has caused an uproar in the blogosphere. The cartoon, on the NPR.org Web site, dismisses participants in the movement as inarticulate, paranoid bumblers. Creator Mark Fiore says the 90-second animation is satire.
“It’s actually not that funny — especially to those on the right, including members of the Tea Party movement, which is populated by passionate Americans who don’t like the direction President Obama is taking the country,” says NPR Ombudsman Alicia Shepard. She adds the cartoon is a “mean-spirited attack” and does not fit with NPR’s values of civility and civil discourse.