Saturday, July 30, 2005

Conservatives & Comic Strips - just a little monkey business

There are so many things in this country that just make me shake my head in disbelief. The newspaper battle of censoring comic strips on a partisan basis is one of them. Earlier this week, some papers edited or outright pulled "Doonesbury" because writer Gary Trudeau used President Bush's nickname for Karl Rove, "Turd Blossom", in a strip sequence satirizing the President's action (or inaction) toward administration staff members embroiled in scandal. The reason cited by editors for editing/pulling of the strip was the use of offensive/vulgar language in his use of the word "turd". On Wednesday, none of the papers who run the syndicated comic "Prickly City" pulled or edited the strip which used the word "poo" while lambasting Democrat Howard Dean as a "freak-show monkey boy". According to the Comics Reporter, this is not a new phenomenon. The cartoonists may have a liberal bias, but it seems as though the editors subscribe to the Faux News definition of "fair & balanced".

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