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How long, O great cartoonist, will you remain "on vacation," as you seem to have been since the Ides of March?
GBT has put the daily strip on hiatus in order to write another season of the political sitcom "Alpha House," whose 11 initial episodes are all available online from Amazon Studios. The Sunday strips continue to be new, but twelve days before the Ides of March the Classic Doonesbury series began with the very first strip, which originally appeared on October 26, 1970. Since then GBT has been posting four weeks of dailies from each year of the strip's run. As of today, we are up to December, 1975. You can delve even more deeply into the Doonesbury archive here. GBT talks about how creating Doonesbury helped prepare him for writing "Alpha House" in this interview.
Thank the stars for Sundays. I really needed to be able to look forward to something like a new Doonesbury to get me through this week. Seeing Boopsie was a bonus, as always.
I know what it's like to talk to someone who has absolute faith in Fox. They believe that their opinions "are just as good as yours," even though you have studied the material carefully over years and thousands of articles in dozens of periodicals, while they heard it one night on Fox. They really cannot see any difference between the two. If you can cast doubt and aspersions upon their one source, they have the "right" to cast equal doubt and aspersions upon all 60 of your sources. One person, one opinion. What could be more fair and balanced?
One soon learns that Fox has more in common with religion than news, so you just leave those viewers alone. Yellow journalism is all about getting people to believe, getting them inflamed and angry, and channeling that public energy into the political outcomes desired by the media who practice such "journalism." There is something about some people that enables them to trust beyond doubt the news organization that most blatantly lies and generates speculation with the most childlike mentality, using statements that defy even reasonable attempts to parse and make sense of them, much less determine their veracity.
Is it a total trust of authority, where authority takes the form of a corporation? No, because there are other, larger corporations telling the news which those same people are convinced is all lies. So why do they hitch their wagon to Fox? Maybe it's because Fox is free to create the most dramatic stories with the most impressive smears, since they are not bound by actual events or truth. People like drama, so it seems very likely that they're drawn to Fox like moths to a flame.
It only takes a few minutes to find the clever falsehoods that Fox News spins into fear, uncertainty, and doubt. Sometimes it's not even verbal, but a lifted eyebrow, a tone of voice, or outright mocking laughter. I'm not saying that Fox alone does this, just that it leads the pack in such outrageous propaganda for their team.
Re Sunday's strip: Fox News doesn't cover "both" sides. In the US, both sides are giant corporations. In the world there are multiple conflicting sides, if you choose to look at it as taking sides. It is a choice to do so, you don't have to.
The FOX News strip is hilarious! So very true!
Do not mock Fox News, for it is the only station that sheds light on both sides.
I enjoyed your witty satire of Fox News in Sunday's comic strip. I also enjoyed the many past satires of President George W. Bush. I wonder if we will ever see your wit as it pertains to President Obama and his administration.
"Are they sure?" is one of a handful of the Doonesbury lines that were so memorable they stayed with me over all the years since, along with "Oh wow, look at the moon", both of which I've frequently quoted, well, for decades now.