After Pulitzer Win, Apple Reconsiders Cartoonist

Company invites him to resubmit rejected iPhone app
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 17, 2010 1:54 PM CDT
After Pulitzer Win, Apple Reconsiders Cartoonist
A cartoon by Mark Fiore.   (AP Photo/Pulitzer Prize Board, Mark Fiore)

Pretty good week for political cartoonist Mark Fiore. Not only did he win the Pulitzer Prize, but it looks like Apple is going to accept his previously rejected iPhone app. Steve Jobs and company originally declined because they deemed Fiore's cartoons a little too edgy, what with him making fun of public figures all the time. But when he won the Pulitzer, Apple invited him to resubmit. (Details at Nieman Journalism Lab and the New York Times.)

A happy ending, right? This actually raises serious questions about Apple's control over editorial content, writes Erica Ogg at CNET. This is the company that's supposed to save print media, remember, and yet we have these subjective and seemingly "arbitrary" decisions on what's acceptable. "If the iPad does become a significant revenue source for print publications who turn their newspapers or magazines into iPad apps, it is logical that it could be harder for them to stand up to Apple." (More Mark Fiore stories.)

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