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But the other shoe, which is probably more financial than anything else, dropped this week, when the Copley News Service syndication outlet confirmed that it would continue to distribute Ramirez's right-leaning cartoons to newspapers around the country.
Now, it's true that Ramirez won a Pulitzer Prize, but the IBD seems to be a far more appropriate venue for his cartoons than the Times. Yes — that's in spite of the fact that the LA Times readership is five times the size of the IBD. (And the Times has a Pulitzer Prize stable to prove it).
The appropriateness is obvious, because, for one, the IBD's editorial board makes the Wall Street Journal editorial writers look like a bunch of pinkos. Plus, the San Diego Union-Tribune's parent company Copley also has its own conservative tendencies, which makes clear why Ramirez was syndicated by Copley in the first place.