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Dobson v. Doonesbury

Post by Cheryl Tucker on April 30, 2007 at 4:27 pm with No Comments »
April 30, 2007 4:27 pm

dob3Our letters to the editor e-mail regularly receives form letters, which we call "turf." The latest is one that’s going around in various incarnations to defend Focus on the Family head James Dobson (pictured) against a Garry Trudeau "Doonesbury" that ran April 15. Click here to see it.

The letter, cribbed verbatim from a link paid for by Focus on the Family, came in from a Spanaway writer we’ll just call "John."

We won’t run John’s letter in the print edition (and he goes on our unofficial "enemy’s list" for trying to slip a plagiarized letter by us). But here it is for blog readers.

Garry Trudeau has made a tidy living for the past four decades poking fun at pop culture and politics, but his pen shouldn’t come with a license to blatantly distort the truth – and that’s what he did on April 15.

The "Doonesbury" creator made a worthwhile point in noting the multiple marriages among Republican presidential hopefuls, but his suggestion that Focus on the Family’s James Dobson isn’t concerned about the moral failings of those men is blatantly untrue.

Look online for Dobson’s name in reference to Election ’08 and you’ll find he hasn’t excused the misbehavior of any of the GOP field. He even pinned Newt Gingrich down on the radio about whether the former speaker had repented of cheating on his wife.

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