Editorial cartoons from June 6, 2021: Ransomware attacks, threats to democracy, emails from Fauci
Editorial cartoonists this week focused on a ransomware attack attributed to Russia which shut down production from global beef producer JBS. The cyberattack came weeks after Russian hackers disrupted Colonial Pipeline operations, creating a gasoline leak in parts of the United States
Dana Summers of Tribune Content Agency called hacking “a new Soviet arsenal”, recalling the nuclear concerns of the Cold War. Walt Handelsman of The Times-Picayune and The Advocate of New Orleans drew a “hacker” and a sickle, a visual echo of the hammer and sickle imagery of the Soviet Union.
Another popular topic was concern over the state of America’s democracy, as state legislatures passed laws restricting voting, Congress dismissed a commission to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol uprising. and former President Donald Trump claimed he would “restored” by August.
The Washington Post and BuzzFeed News, through Freedom of Information Act requests, obtained thousands of emails from Dr.Anthony Fauci, the country’s chief infectious disease expert. Critics of Fauci have taken advantage of his changing advice on whether people should wear masks to protect themselves and others from Covid-19. The New York Post also reported: âThe emails show that Fauci was warned at the start of the epidemic that the coronavirus may have been ‘engineered’. Yet he and other experts dismissed the controversial claim at the time.
Other topics covered in this week’s cartoons include commemorations of the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre in 1921; negotiations between Republicans and President Joe Biden over the size of an infrastructure bill; and the removal of tennis star Naomi Osaka from Roland Garros after refusing to attend post-match press conferences to protect her sanity.
The cartoons were drawn by Nick Anderson, Bill Bramhall, Dana Summers, Drew Sheneman, Scott Stantis, Walt Handelsman, David Horsey, Phil Hands, Joel Pett and Joey Weatherford of Tribune Content Agency; and AF Branco, Mike Luckovich and Michael Ramirez of Creators Syndicate.