Fred Mulhearn, Louisiana's Own Cartoonist
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WHAT'D YOU SAY?
-- some of our favorite feedback

"These cartoons are just plain old school and sophmoric drawn like a high schooler with the wit of a wanna be comedian difinately a B movie cartoon."
-- Henry Wadsworth, from a comment
posted on LouisianaVoice.com
9/27/12

"Your editorial cartoon on November 19 depicted a 'white Democratic Louisiana politician' as an endangered species. There you go again, fostering racial bias as an editorial practice."
-- Cecil R. Phillips, from a letter
published in The Advocate
12/3/10

"An Advocate editorial cartoon about crime in downtown Baton Rouge is 'pretty low,' says the head of the Downtown Development District. ... Davis Rhorer says the cartoon came at a bad time."
-- from Baton Rouge Business Report
Daily Report
10/12/10

"Yesterday's cartoon inappropriately suggested that my role in the 6th District congressional race is to give Republicans the upper hand."
-- State Rep. Michael Jackson, from a letter
published in The Advocate
10/1/08

"I find your 'political cartoon' of April 22 offensive to the president of the United States and all who are proud Americans."
-- Shirley Newsham, from a letter
published in The Advocate
5/2/08

"The editorial cartoon depicting Gov. Bobby Jindal as a female cheerleader ... was incredibly stupid."
-- Jim Talbot, from a letter
published in The Advocate
2/18/08

"It seems to me that Bobby Jinal's campaign for governor has received a lack of competitive coverage and respect in the local newspaper and television media. ... Your editorial cartoonist even referred to him as 'that Jindal boy'."
-- Jeffrey F. Whitten, from a letter
published in The Advocate
8/6/03

"Fred Mulhearn's cartoon featured in your May 23 Opinion section ... made comical references to The Football Network. ... [T]his venture will create approximately 300 jobs over the next 2-1/2 years. Amusing enough for cartoon fodder? No -- just good business."
-- Don Hutchinson, from a letter
published in The Advocate
6/6/03

"Your paper's personal feelings about our new Insurance Commissioner Jim Brown sure are evident.... Based on the cartoon you printed in the Sunday (Dec. 15) paper, you had the audacity to compare a newly elected official to a convicted criminal...."
-- E. C. Hood, from a letter
published in The Advocate
12/24/91

"The unfortunate implication of this cartoon ... is certainly not factual and does your readers a great disservice."
-- Eugene H. Owen, from a letter
published in The Advocate
10/17/01

"It is with great disappointment that I open the Metro/State of The Advocate dated Monday, Sept. 10, and turn to the editorial section of your paper.... I do not at all find humorous your cartoon...."
-- Robert M. Marionneaux Jr., from a letter
published in The Advocate
10/16/01

" I would like to wonder aloud for a moment about Mr. Mulhearn... Is it possible, that as a child in school, he was perhaps scolded (or sent to the principal) by a teacher who caught him drawing in the margins instead of listening to the lesson?"
-- Ben L. Price, from a letter
published in The Advocate,
3/18/91

" Fred Mulhearn at Newman Ford asked that I explain that he is not the same Fred Mulhearn who draws the editorial cartoons... "
-- Editor's Note
published in The Richland Journal,
3/9/87

"I was glad to see the Morning Advocate cartoon picturing Jim Brown as a rabbit...."
-- Kerri D'Amico, from a letter
published in The Advocate
8/24/91

"I wish to take issue with Fred Mulhearn's editorial cartoon of Jan. 17.... I condemn Mr. Mulhearn for adding ... coal to the burning embers of racial unrest."
-- Chandler M. "Chan" Willis, from a letter
published in The Advocate
2/13/96

"In every cartoon of me, I look like a darn elephant."
-- Mike Foster, on the "Live Mike" radio show
as quoted in The Advocate
8/10/03

" The Advocate 'cartoon' by Fred Mulhearn which portrayed David Duke as a Nazi was, to say the least, an exercise in truly bad taste. Yes, it was very, very bad taste. "
-- Donald E. Kirsopp, from a letter
published in The Advocate,
3/7/89

"Fred Mulhearn amazes me. As a political cartoonist, he has repeatedly rendered humorous appraisals of Louisiana politicians ... [which are] blatanly arrogant, biased, irresponsible, and downright wrong ..."
-- Kelly Martin, from a letter
published in The Franklin Sun
9/16/87

" Morning Advocate editorial cartoons always show David Duke in a bad light."
-- Katie Andrews, from a letter
published in The Advocate,
3/31/90

"I was much amused by your Mulhearn editorial cartoon featuring a caricature of me... But you missed the point..."
--Billy Tauzin, from a letter
published in The Ouachita Citizen,
4/26/89

"Now that the Advocate cartoon has opened David Duke's closet, will it be doing the same for the other candidates? Or, is this journalism's dirty politics? Not pretty ..."
-- Eunice Laurent, from a letter
published in The Advocate
8/7/90

"It is my belief that we are fortunate to have a high-quality, locally owned newspaper, but on the flip side, your cartoon of the governor was in poor taste. Surely you can come up with something more stimulating than this."
--Ted W. Strickland, from a letter
published in The Advocate,
11/7/96

"On September 29 you ran a cartoon about which I feel compelled to comment. The cartoon implied that my husband was a lackey of the oil companies.... To imply such is not only unfair, but is patently untrue."
-- Carolyn C. Moore, from a letter
published in The Advocate
10/11/90

"It is regrettable that you permitted the cartoon to be printed in the October 19 issue... Personally, I feel The Ouachita Citizen owes the community, relatives and friends of these men an apology for printing this garbage."
--Bernon W. Butler, from a letter
published in The Ouachita Citizen,
11/2/88

"The editorial cartoon in the December 30 Morning Advocate was a cheap shot..."
--Daniel L. Juneau, from a letter
published in The Advocate,
1/11/89

"Like the vast majority of cartoonists in the South, you seem to be a Scalawag..."
--Kent Ebner, from a letter
posted on the Internet,
10/12/98

"In reference to your cartoon of October 4, I sincerely feel that you did a disservice to the agricultural aviation industry."
--Fred Bernard, from a letter
published in The Ouachita Citizen,
10/18/91

"It is a source of genuine regret to observe that The Advocate has joined the ranks of those Louisianans who repeatedly derogate the efforts of teachers, staff members and concened citizens to rescue the school system from the morass of inferiority into which it has sunk. For two consecutive days (Feb. 25 and Feb. 26), you published cartoons which give aid and comfort to those who have been engaged in a prolonged 'sickout' of their own with regard to the state's deplorable education condition."
-- Cecil V. Crabb Jr., Ph.D., from a letter
published in The Advocate
3/8/01

"This negative publicity reached its lowest depth on Tuesday, June 18, when Mr. Fred Mulhearn, the Advocate's editorial cartoonist, portrayed 'industry' and the Senate Natural Resources Committee as Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum...."
-- Jerry Brouillette, from a letter
published in The Advocate
7/6/91

"It is past time to kill the myth, presented once again by the Advocate's editorial cartoonist on Sunday, Dec. 9, that educators have filed suit challenging the Louisiana teacher evaluation program ... because they do not want to be evaluated."
-- Frederick Skelton, from a letter
published in The Advocate
12/17/90

"This is in regard to the editorial cartoon by Mr. Fred Mulhearn that appeared in the Sept. 29 edition of the Morning Advocate. As one of the individuals who requested Henson Moore to become involved in the dispute over efforts by the DEQ to prohibit, without scientific justification, the discharge of produced water I feel the cartoon misstates Mr. Moore's reasons for becoming involved."
-- Kai David Midboe, from a letter
published in The Advocate
10/11/90

"I was very disappointed on April 25, 1990, when I read my copy of The Citizen. The cartoon you ran on your Opinion page was disturbing to say the least!"
-- Maxey Renfrow, from a letter
published in The Ouachita Citizen
5/2/90

"The latest example of a reactionary manipulation of the facts is a cartoon which ... is knee- jerkedly defensive of the status quo in public education to such an extent that it misleads the public."
-- Helen M. Wagsten, from a letter
published in The Advocate
12/15/89

"The cartoon on the editorial page ... tried to make a mockery of support by Gov. Roemer and the Legislature of public education...."
-- Mrs. R. L. Bovand, from a letter
published in The Advocate
10/16/89

"A widely held misconception was reflected in a cartoon by Mr. Fred Mulhearn which appeared in the Friday, May 19, 1989, Morning Advocate."
-- P. J. Frederick, PE, from a letter
published in The Advocate
6/7/89

"It should be mentioned that I ... feel that the Advocate's editorial cartoon expressed an opinion that is both invalid and unjustified."
-- Ron Nethercutt, from a letter
published in The Advocate
2/23/89

"I found the cartoon that appeared in last Thursday's paper ... to be demeaning, stereotyped and racist.... The editors and publishers of The Sentinel are in positions of influence. If they thought all people were important, they would surely do something about making sure a demeaning cartoon would not appear in their newspaper again."
-- Elizabeth A. Davis, from a letter
published in The Concordia Sentinel
2/26/87

"Your editorial cartoon in the June 1, 1986 issue of the Sunday Advocate caught me somewhat by surprise. It implied the LSU Alumni Federation sends letters of fund solicitation to graduates within a week after commencement. This is not the case at all."
-- Tony Gustwick, from a letter
published in The Advocate
6/12/86

"The Advocate editorial cartoon of July 20, 1986 was disturbing."
-- R. Charles Hodson Jr., from a letter
published in The Advocate
7/28/86

"The local newspapers recently published a political cartoon in which a tiny Edwin Edwards makes his gambling pitch from the vest pocket of a gentleman attired in a black suit, white tie, and heavy sunshades -- and holding a cigar. ... Those images are ... past the point of political legitimacy."
-- Candance Lee, from a column
published in The Franklin Sun
8/6/86

"Sen. Rob Marionneaux Jr., D-Maringouin, ... was disturbed by a cartoon making fun of recent incidents of contaminated drinking water."
-- Elizabeth D. Avants, from a letter
published in The Advocate
10/25/01

"The cartoon (?) by Fred Mulhearn on Page 6-B of the Jan. 13 Morning Advocate prompts me to comment about the message presented by that cartoon. ... [W]hile it was intended to be ... 'funny' ... it is not funny. It is pitiful ..."
-- Frederick C. Church, from a letter
published in The Advocate
1/20/88


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