On Monday, May 2, 2016 the Des Moines Register published this article: Cartoonist says his work got him axed. The article highlights a facebook post in which Rick Friday claims he was let go from his job after an agriculture company depicted in a political cartoon threatened to pull advertising from the publication.
As a company that values conversation and transparency we reached out to Rick Friday. Here was our reply:
We just wanted to reach out and reiterate that we value open discourse and conversation. We also believe that a little humor and the ability to laugh at ourselves goes a long way. As you may know, we weren’t aware of the cartoon until Monday, May 2 and we had no part in your departure from Farm News. We appreciate anyone who speaks out on behalf of farmers.
Christi Dixon, Monsanto Communications
This is not the first time we’ve been the subject of a joke or political cartoon and it probably won’t be the last. It is much easier to laugh at ourselves than it is to stifle humor.