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GETTING THE NEWS
Tiger69 | Silverton, CO | July 19, 2014

Fox: To quote Mel, "It's like getting the news from the town drunk."

LEADS THE PACK
Shooshie | Dallas, TX | July 17, 2014

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.

TAKING SIDES
Dave Heasman | London, UK | July 17, 2014

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.

TRUE
Maerzie | Florence, WI | July 17, 2014

The FOX News strip is hilarious! So very true!

COMMENTARY FOR TODAY
Mike Utzinger | Milwaukee, WI | July 17, 2014

What a juxtaposition! Ginny Slade announcing she's running for Congress in the seventies strip because of insensitivities to women at the highest levels and GOP, Rep. Renee Elmers' insensitive comments about her own gender repeated in "Say What?" The 40-year-old daily Doonesbury strips are a fabulous commentary for today.

FOX NEWS
Mo Paoletta | New York, NY | July 16, 2014

Do not mock Fox News, for it is the only station that sheds light on both sides.

WITTY SATIRE
Robert Rossoford | Stillwater, MN | July 14, 2014

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.

NAILED IT
Patricia E. | Columbus, OH | July 13, 2014

Roland's deadpan dive into rumor-news spinning on behalf of Fox parallels the beautiful dark opening of Henry IV part 2 in which 'Rumour' describes his deeds -- flying across the globe. "Rumour is a pipe blown by surmises." Shakespeare and GBT nailed it.

STAYED WITH ME
J. Foster | New York, NY | July 13, 2014

"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.

THIS SIDE OF THE POND
Andy K. | Cambridge, UK | July 13, 2014

Re todays strip: We don't have Fox News on this side of the pond. By law, all news broadcasts must be politically neutral, meaning it can't be broadcast. I am not claiming things are better on this side of the pond, just Google "Daily Mail online" and "George Clooney" for a fine example.

WHERE YOU LIVED
Douglas Welsch | Cedar Park, TX | July 12, 2014

I think Gaydar was probably a function of where you lived. I lived in Southern California and worked on the fringes of the entertainment industry (Disneyland) and Gaydar was fairly widespread and functional, and I imagine San Francisco, New York, and other large cities had the same thing, due more to exposure than any locational superiority.

GAY
C.J. | Willis, VA | July 11, 2014

Today's was always one of my favorite daily strips. I have always remembered it, and any time someone tells me they are gay or someone else points out that someone is gay I just smile and say, "Oh that's okay. I'm usually pretty happy myself."

ACKNOWLEDGING
John Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | July 11, 2014

We Mad Men fans are fond of discussing the concept of "gaydar" among current teens and its absence during the 60s. GBT looks to have been somewhat ground-breaking while acknowledging that mid-70s gaydar was none-too-finely-tuned. We parents presume that our own teenagers have more sensitive gaydar than we (and women's more so than men), however it's ironic to note that when my son came out last year, neither his mother nor his sister had a clue (and he seems exactly the same to me now, "post-closet").

REVELATION
Molly Cook | New York, NY | July 11, 2014

I've had mixed feelings about your running the vintage strips, but that changed this morning with my all-time favorite -- Andy and Joanie and that tender, loving, confusing revelation to any woman who's ever loved a gay man (and didn't know it). This strip tops them all for me, and led to many more ahead of their time regarding the gay community, AIDS, all of it. A treasure. Thanks.

ANDY
Casey | New York, NY | July 08, 2014

I love re-reading the vintage strips. I have all of the books and pick them up at random. Andy's story is one (of several) that makes me cry every time I read it. AIDS was such a taboo subject, and GBT handled it with such compassion and sensitivity. His ability to address important issues with grace, and a smile, is what makes Doonesbury an art form. Thank you and keep 'em coming.

ANDY
Elizabeth Connor | Washington, D.C. | July 08, 2014

The story of Joanie meeting Andy Lippincott was wonderful and sweet the first time so many decades ago. Now that we know the rest of the story, it's heartbreaking, too.

ENLIGHTENED
David Ferrier | Edmonton, CANADA | July 08, 2014

Re: Skid's fingerless gloves. Once again I am enlightened by Doonesbury. About a year ago I saw someone wearing gloves in the summertime and wondered why. Now I know. Thanks!

PROGRESSION
Ray Lampe | Templeton, MA | July 07, 2014

Hey, I love the progression in today's Flashbacks page. Early on, we see frazzled uncertain Joanie going off to law school, and 20 years later she is forcefully prosecuting big tobacco. Way to go!

HALE AND HEARTY
Joshua Rey | London, UK | July 06, 2014

Great to get a fix on Duke's age; in today's 35-years-ago Flashback strip he's 42 years old. So he's still hale and hearty at 77. Must be a lifestyle thing...

ABOUT BIKERS
John | Madison, WI | July 06, 2014

Just an FYI about bikers; there is a method to our apparent madness. Having ridden now for 30 years on freeways all over the country I can tell you that the best way to get killed on a motorcycle is to ride like you drive a car. You will be run over, or at least off the road, if you pace traffic. The safest speed is 10 mph faster than the cages. It gives them fewer shots at you. Pinballing is just part of the deal.