Cartoonist receives death threats over Tillman satire
New York-AP – A cartoonist says he’s received lots of death threats for satirizing the media’s response to the death of a former pro-football player killed in Afghanistan.
Pat Tillman – an Army Ranger – was killed last month.
Cartoonist Ted Rall says he’s gotten about six-thousand e-mails – including 300 threatening death or bodily harm.
The cartoon, distributed Monday to about 70 newspapers, said that Tillman “falsely believed” that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were linked to the Nine-Eleven attacks.
It suggested Tillman was quote – “a cog in a low-rent occupation army that shot more innocent civilians than terrorists.”
Rall said the initial responses to the cartoon were “extremely negative” by nearly 100-to-one, but have since shifted.