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Exhibition Art in Action: Herblock and Fellow Artists Respond to Their Times

Herblock (1909–2001). “You Just Don’t Have Quite the Right Slant,” 1972. India ink and graphite over graphite and blue pencil underdrawing. Published in the Washington Post, December 22, 1972. Herbert L. Block Collection, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress. © Herb Block Foundation (035.00.00)

Trying to Intimidate the Press

Plunging across a TV screen in this cartoon, President Richard Nixon bends under the weight of coverage that his administration has approved—official releases, briefings, special pronouncements, and perhaps most intriguing of all, “Highest Sources,” which he holds tightly in his hand. His looming figure bears communiques that collectively form “The Administration Line” and nearly obscures the tiny figure representing the free press on the lower right. Herblock gives bold graphic form to his critique of administration officials seeking to discourage free and vigorous coverage of the administration.