Mike Fiore won a Pulitzer Prize this week (April 12) for Editorial Cartooning. In citing his work the Pulitzer board said, "His biting wit, extensive research and ability to distill complex issues set a high standard for an emerging form of commentary."
What’s "emerging" about Fiore’s work is that his political cartoons are animated. Fiore self-syndicates his work, which can be seen at SFGate or at Fiore’s own site.
But an app that shows his work has been banned by Apple, according to the Nieman Journalism Lab.
According to the Nieman article, here’s a portion of the email Apple sent Fiore last December when it rejected his app: "Thank you for submitting NewsToons to the App Store. We’ve reviewed NewsToons and determined that we cannot post this version of your iPhone application to the App Store because it contains content that ridicules public figures and is in violation of Section 3.3.14 from the iPhone Developer Program License Agreement…"
The email ends: "If you believe that you can make the necessary changes so that NewsToons does not violate the iPhone Developer Program License Agreement, we encourage you to do so and resubmit it for review. Regards, iPhone Developer Program."
A commentary about this situation is on Wired.com. (And it’s from that story where we got our headline, above.)