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TNT: ‘Doonesbury’ belongs on the editorial page

Letter by John P. Dickson, Gig Harbor on July 30, 2012 at 10:47 am with 9 Comments »
July 30, 2012 10:47 am

Does Doonesbury really belong in the comics or rather in the editorial cartoon section? There is rarely anything funny about the comic strip. It is really just political satire which takes aim at George Bush, Mitt Romney and anything or one considered moderate or conservative.

While some of the cartoonist’s points are right on target, they are for the most part political jabs at his favorite targets. Whether one agrees or disagrees with the cartoonist, it should be quite clear the strip is frequently just foisting off political views which should appear with other political cartoons in the editorial section.

Please liberate the “comic” pages from political diatribe. We get enough of that in other sections of the paper.

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  1. There is rarely anything funny about the comic strip

    That is true for almost all of the “funnies” – whatever political stance they support.

    Another complaint about a comic in recent weeks….you should be glad your concerns are so small.

  2. alindasue says:

    Didn’t we just have this discussion a couple weeks ago? This letter is almost word for word identical to the one we were responding to then.

    If they moved every comic strip whose author that has political leanings to the editorial pages, the comics pages would be awfully bare and there’d be no room left on the editorial pages for editorials.

    I don’t have time to follow all the comic strips, but here’s a small sample of the ones I have read that lean a bit politically:

    Doonesbury (obviously)
    Non Sequitor
    Bloom County
    Rudy Park
    Jump Start
    Boondocks
    Frank and Ernest
    Stone Soup
    B.C.
    Candorville
    Baldo
    Real Life Adventures (occasionally)

    There are others that I remember being cited the last time this was brought up, but as I said, I don’t follow all the strips.

    The big point is that cartoonists expressing political bias goes all the way to the beginning of the genre. If you want to avoid a strip that you feel is too slanted in a way you disagree with, then simply skip over it and read the strips you do like – just like the rest of us do.

  3. lylelaws says:

    Garry Trudeau couldn’t resist playing the race card in an attempt to shame those who are think that photo ID should be a voting requirement.

    Shame on him and his crow.

  4. Fibonacci says:

    lylelaws
    Please don’t try to claim that the voter ID is NOT based on trying to make it harder for poor minorities, students, the elderly, etc (who tend to more often vote Democrat) to vote. Any reason other than this you might give is not true. How many fraudulent votes did they come up with at a cost of over $2 million dollars? I think it was 12. Righties can claim all they want to that voter ID is to protect our voting system but no one believes that is the real reason.

    I bet if Doonesbury was making fun of Obama the letter writer would find it hilarious.

  5. lylelaws says:

    Fibonacci,

    If Trudeau made fun of President Obama I would find it shocking.

    He came up with a Sarah Palin doll, so why not a Reverend Wright doll?

    Could it be that just like Bill Mahar he is more comfortable just sliming Republicans?

  6. He came up with a Sarah Palin doll, so why not a Reverend Wright doll?

    Because it doesn’t work comically. There is a craft to humor that, clearly, you don’t understand.

    To have a former beauty pageant contestant as a doll makes sense. To have a Black Liberation Theology preacher a doll is just……a lylelawism – it don’t make no sense at all.

  7. Fibonacci says:

    lylelaws
    You would find it shocking because it would be unexpected or shocking that a comic strip made fun of a president? I suspect the first and I bet you WOULD find it funny.

  8. MyBandito says:

    As conservatives have no sense of humor, the comic section is the best place for Doonesbury

  9. lylelaws says:

    As the old saying goes, “You are known by the company you keep” and Barack Obama kept Jerimiah “God Damn America” Wright’s company for more than twenty years before throwing him under the bus for fear of losing votes.

    If Garry Trudeau ever did a strip dealing with the subject I must have missed it.

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