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I'm an American who has lived long enough in Canada that the last time I lived in the U.S., red was not used to describe John Birchers, but rather the people they so adamantly opposed. Doonesbury has once again reminded me that even the symbology of politics has changed over the years. Case in point, the SMALL BLUE ISLAND post below. In Canada, blue is tory (conservative, sort of), red is liberal, and the New Democrats are orange (federal) or purple (Alberta -- used to be green, but then the Greens came along!). Every election year in the US -- which is almost certainly also an election year here, if not two or three -- my brain becomes seriously colour-deranged. By the end of your Presidential election, I will almost have the red/blue set sorted out -- then it will end for about a year, year-and-a-half, and I will become completely befuddled again. Can't they just call them elephants and donkeys, and have done with it?
I can't stand Palin, but smears like McGinniss's book only serve to make Palin a sympathetic character, if not actually give her some kind of respectability by comparison. Judging from the other comments here, I'm not alone in this opinion, so fer crissakes stop helping Palin's image by taking a lower road than she has. Apparently newspapers are pulling this week's strip, and that's deplorable, but what can you expect? They're dinosaurs watching that comet growing brighter in the sky.
Trudeau isn't vouching for the McGinniss book's accuracy (to be fair, the book is starting to sound like a Kitty-Kelley-esque smear job). He's merely reporting its contents in furtherance of the real target of his satire, the far right's inevitable, far-fetched overreaction to McGinniss's claims. Mocking political spin doesn't merit censorship; it sounds like the Atlanta and Chicago editors are cranky because they know that they're ones being slammed.
Who do you know who has to attend meetings on a constant basis who never (ever) says, "Damn, I have to go to this f***king meeting." Honestly. Who do you know who has never once said that, or wanted to say it? This is just more Palin fear by the left. Sarahphobia.
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.
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.
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.
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."
You know you have to be helping the sales of McGinniss' book. I'm going to have to read it now.
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 is in. Please, in the name of all that is civilized, let Joanie out to help with the big work.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ***."
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.
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.
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.