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DECENCY AND FAIRNESS
David Stieglitz | St. Charles, IL | September 14, 2011

Kudos to the Chicago Tribune for having the courage to maintain standards of decency and fairness. McGinniss has everything to gain, and nothing to lose, by quoting anonymous sources, disgruntled formers staffers, and every marginalized Democrat in Alaska to get his 15 minutes. When Gov. Palin has the opportunity to refute his misrepresentations, then we can have a reasonable discussion in a public forum.

CURIOUS DECISION
Elizabeth Connor | Roswell, GEORGIA | September 14, 2011

I haven't paid for a print edition of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in years, so I didn't notice that the paper had pulled Doonesbury. But it is possible to find the strip online through the AJC site just a few clicks deep. If Ralph McGill is spinning in his grave (per the post below), part of the reason is his paper's curious decision to give its paying customers less content than non-paying digital surfers like me.

THE HIGH ROAD
Craig B. | Chicago, IL | September 14, 2011

I actually get why the Chicago Tribune editors think they are taking the high road in declining to run Doonesbury this week. I would prefer that they extend this policy to their columnists and letters to the editor, which often carry unfair and factually incorrect information. Holding their comics page to a higher standard than their editorial page makes a perverted kind of sense given the current media model of entertainment over information. I want to thank the Trib for underscoring its own obsolescence. Instead of paying $1 a day to get my daily dose in b&w, I come here to get the strip and archive in color -- for free.

MY INBOX
Thomas Andrew Olson | New York, NY | September 14, 2011

Thanks to the Internet Reformation, I get Doonesbury and other great comics in my inbox each day, and I no longer have to suffer the judgmental turpitude of such publications as the Chicago Tribune and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. My RSS aggregator presently contains over 110 feeds from all over the world, so I get the kinds of coverage the arrogant MSM in the U.S. obviously thinks us plebes unworthy of. "You can't stop the signal."

HELPING
Mike Flamang | Belmont, MA | September 14, 2011

You know you have to be helping the sales of McGinniss' book. I'm going to have to read it now.

A GREAT COUNTRY
Andrew Epplett | Listowel, CANADA | September 14, 2011

As a Canadian, I rely on Doonesbury, The Daily Show, and The Colbert Report to give me my American 'news,' since they remind me that a country where these people are free to satirize their political leaders has to be a great country. Too bad some newspapers feel otherwise.

WARREN
Mark Walmsley | Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS | September 14, 2011

Warren is in. Please, in the name of all that is civilized, let Joanie out to help with the big work.

POSITIVE FEELING
Joshua Rey | Oxford, CT | September 14, 2011

I'm getting a pretty positive feeling about Sarah Palin from today's extracts. I hate meetings too -- would you want your country run by people who liked meetings? And what's not to like about a politician who makes post-feminist jokes at her own expense? As for the SayWhat? quote, if she really believes God loves her (doubtless not to the exclusion of loving everyone else) it's quite reasonable to remind herself of this encouraging fact. She probably has pictures of her family on her desktop; maybe she likes them too!

SMALL BLUE ISLAND
Jim Davis | Atlanta, GA | September 13, 2011

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has also pulled the Palin strips. They've apparently given in to the fact that they're on a small blue island in a very large red sea. Ralph McGill must be up to 3600 RPM in his grave.

COPOUT
Jean Ray | Canton, GA | September 13, 2011

I was disappointed, but not surprised, to find that the Atlanta Journal-Constitution is not running this week's strips, due to "stong political content..." What a copout! Keep up the good work.

SHARED B.D.'S SENSE
Paul Roe | Souderton, PA | September 13, 2011

I spent 9/11/11 digging a drainage trench around my house. My headphones, normally tuned to NPR, were solidly in pop and hip hop for the day. I didn't know any of the folks we lost then, and since in response, but I still shared B.D.'s sense of senseless waste of life.

HYPOCRITICAL
James Johnson | Kenosha, WI | September 13, 2011

I think the Chicago Tribune is being hypocritcal in not showing comic strips about Palin when it allows another comic strip to attack Obama on an almost daily basis.

NICELY
S. Hoffman | Chicago, IL | September 13, 2011

The Chicago Tribune has always been very right-wing. They endorsed Obama "because it was the thing to do at the time," and then they reverted to who they are. More important than writing in this space, I think, is writing letters to the newspaper. And these letters should say, nicely, "Fairness, my ***."

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER
Steve Lill | Valparaiso, IN | September 13, 2011

I couldn't believe it when I saw the note in the Chicago Tribune stating that "due to fairness" Doonesbury was not going to be shown in this week's papers. I've had a subscription for over 20 years, and the main reason is for the comics. I sent them some nasty feedback and suggested that they'd be much better off censoring Charles Krauthammer in the editorial section. His treatment of the president in editorials is extremely disrespectful of the office, and yet they continue to print them.

THE LATEST EXAMPLE
Jack Cerf | Chatham, NJ | September 13, 2011

A patriot, it has been said, is someone who loves his own country for itself, as opposed to a nationalist, who believes that his country must be superior to all others. GBT has always been a patriot -- it just comes out differently in 2011 than it did 40 years ago, and the maturation of his feelings has been worked out through the life he's created for B.D. The 9/11/11 strip is just the latest example.

THIS ANNIVERSARY
Dan Bodah | New York, NY (via Saranac Lake) | September 13, 2011

Thanks for the 9/11 strip and BD's gentle wisdom. As someone who was at work three blocks south of the WTC on that Tuesday morning, this anniversary meant a lot to me. You captured perfectly my reaction to how the blaring official coverage machinery, full of people using my grief to advance their agendas, had no place in the day. I do feel, though, for those who had no direct experience of the day. I understand their need to try to reach out for the real through some mediated simulacrum of the event, and I wish them peace.

DISAPPOINTMENT
Philip Hummer | Chicago, IL | September 13, 2011

I returned to Chicago yesterday and opened my subscription copy of the Tribune today to find the Doonesbury cartoon missing. This is the only genuine satire I know of in our publication and it is shocking that the "Trib" would omit it. I am communicating my disappointment to the head of the editorial board.

THEIR REASONING
William S. Beisiegel, Jr. | Schaumburg, IL | September 13, 2011

I called the Trib yesterday to hear their reasoning for not running the strip. They said it was because they could not verify the veracity of the quotes, an issue because you did use quotation marks. I don't mind thoroughness, but this seems like they're holding you to a higher standard than they hold themselves on a regular basis, since this ain't exactly Watergate and they're not the Washington Post. Not that this isn't important, but do they really think that you or Mr. McGinniss have it wrong? In my mind, even if you or he does, it would be up to you to correct/clarify any error, even if they chose to accept the responsibility for publishing.

POLITICALLY RELEVANT
Billy | Mahomet, IL | September 13, 2011

Sarah Palin is less politically relevant than Tom Brady's passing statistics, yet trashing her for sport trumps any commentary on President Obama's failings. As a life-long fan and admirer of GBT's insightful chronicles, I feel deprived of his take on a progressive Presidential administration's struggle between aspiration and reality.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
Michael Gorman | Chicago, IL | September 13, 2011

I wrote to the 'fair and balanced' Chicago Tribune to complain about them pulling Doonesbury this week. I received an anodyne response to which I replied: "Thank you for your response, unsatisfactory as it is. I have now read the second strip. It is obvious that the series is a satire of the way Fox News twists the 'news' in favor of the far right and contains nothing about your beloved Mrs. Palin that is not already common gossip. To repeat, thank you for your courteous response, I do not envy you your task of whitewashing political bias."