Apple Asks Pulitzer Prize-Winning Cartoonist to Resubmit App
Apple asked Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Mark Fiore to resubmit an iPhone app of his political cartoons, after previously rejecting "Newstoons" for its satirical take on public figures such as President Obama and Tea Party members. Fiore, who is considering whether to resubmit the app, apparently feels that his Pulitzer Prize has accorded him preferential treatment in the matter. As the App Store expands rapidly with new products from developers, Apple has been increasingly stringent about weeding out what it views as objectionable content.Apple has apparently asked a Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist to resubmit an iPhone app previously rejected because of its satirical nature. Mark Fiore's animations, which are featured on SFGate.com and lampoon public figures such as President Obama, reality TV stars and Wall Street titans, were previously deemed objectionable by Apple's app review committee. According to an e-mail to Fiore by Apple Dec. 21, and reprinted by the Nieman Journalism Lab, the NewsToons app's collection of political cartoons violated iPhone Developer Program License Agreement Section 3.3.14, which stipulates that "applications may be rejected if they contain content or materials of any kind (text, graphics, images, photographs, sounds, etc.) that in Apple's reasonable judgment may be found objectionable."
With that e-mail, Apple apparently included screenshots of the relevant "objectionable" content, such as a cartoon in which Obama on the podium is interrupted by Afghan president Hamid Karzai, the White House gate crashers, and a group of budget protesters. The Nieman Journalism Lab goes on to point out that "Fiore isn't the first editorial cartoonist to clash with Apple" and that a 2009 app "which used political caricatures by Tom Richmond" was also rejected before protests led to its eventual admittance.