Doonesbury 2

March 13, 2012 • 2:55 am

Today’s Doonesbury continues the saga of the woman seeking her reproductive rights in what is presumably Texas or Georgia.

(Please click on the Slate site as well to ensure that artist Garry Trudeau gets some “click credit’).

According to HuffPo, this week’s strip has simply been rejected by some newspapers:

Trudeau defended the strip and blasted Republicans over recent developments on contraception and abortion in email exchanges with Reuters and the Guardian. “To see these healthcare rights systematically undermined in state after state by the party of ‘limited government’ is appalling,” he wrote.

Romenesko compiled comments from editors who pulled the cartoon. Numerous papers, including The Press of Atlantic City, The Oregonian and The Vacaville Reporter in California, said that it crossed a line for their comics pages. The Ogden Standard-Examiner in Utah cited the cartoon’s language and the Rock Hill Herald in South Carolina referred to “graphic content” as reasons for not printing.

Athens Banner-Herald editor Jim Thompson said that he made “a unilateral decision not to publish” the strip because he thought “readers might confuse the topic of this week’s ‘Doonesbury’ with Georgia’s proposed abortion legislation.”

26 thoughts on “Doonesbury 2

    1. Yeah, I read that and thought to myself “wow…they actually admitted to removing political commentary because they’re afraid its too relevant and would influence constituents’ opinions.”

    2. And I’m willing to bet that Thompson wants to “Teach the Controversy” so that kids can examine all sides and then make up their minds.

      Hmm, that would mean he thinks that kids in Georgia are smarter than adults there, which would imply that the longer you live in Georgia, the dumber you get…

  1. Isn’t this the perfect example of the Streisand effect, or would that only be an appropriate analysis if it were the papers themselves that the strip was mocking?

  2. If cannot distinguish the content of the Comics page with politics-section coverage of the state government, there is something comically wrong with the government.

  3. I think that this “shaming room” concept might have wider applications. How about before someone is allowed to attend church they are required to sit in a room and watch Bill Maher’s Religulous. Maybe a Ricky Gervais or George Carlin stand up routine on religion. Listen to some readings from The God Delusion or God Is Not Great. Because you know, we want people to make informed choices when they exercise their right to religious freedom.

  4. I’m pleased to let you know that in Babylon by the Bay, the San Francisco Chronicle is still showing this series.

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