This cartoon begins with the headline “Mainstream media reporting on the establishment”. Beneath that are two columns with the following subheadings; a red box labelled “don’t say” and a green box labelled “do say”. Each point in the don’t say column has a red cross beside it, each point in the do say column has a green tick beside it. The list in the columns is as follows:
Don’t say Incompetent.
Do say mismanaged, indecisive, ill-judged.
Don’t say racist.
Do say unique sense of humour, gaffe prone, blunt.
Don’t say corrupt.
Do say technically within rules, questions will be raised, cronyism.
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