Most of the incident played out publicly on this blog. Here is what happened.
A few weeks back I criticized a Powell cartoon that mocked James O'Keefe and Hannah Giles, the young duo who exposed corruption at several ACORN offices. Powell responded to the criticism by posting this comment on my blog.
You folks enjoy your little echo chamber, y' heah. For the record, McClatchy watch, the fake pimp and hooker aren't whistle blowers...that would mean they actually were working for Acorn. That is my cartoon you posted, btw. You Neocons get all giggly over a few sad nuts at Acorn but don't seem to give a s### about illegal torture techniques, troops being fried in showers in Iraq because of greedy, corrupt contractors or the actions of so many perverts in what's left of the republican party.
You aren't conservatives, for Christ sake...you are D###Heads who could care less for your fellow human beings.
I think Powell was saying people should ignore corruption at ACORN and focus on illegal torture and corrupt contractors in Iraq and "perverts" in the GOP.
If that is his opinion, fine. But seriously -- what is the explanation for the vulgar language? Calling Republicans "D###Heads" is beneath his position.
Thinking Powell might have posted his crude comment in a moment of anger, I emailed him the next day to ask if he regretted his choice of words.
His response: "Not really." He did mention something about the stress of being an editorial cartoonist and having to deal with critics, but didn't regret the "D###Head" comment. Seems like a sad, no-class way to wind up his career at the N&O. Hopefully the Star's next cartoonist -- if there is one -- won't hold Republicans in utter contempt.