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Fri Mar 9, 2012, 03:41 PM

Newspapers to pull Doonesbury regarding next week's transvaginal series

This is because your newspaper still thinks it can control the information you have access to. It's almost quaint.

Recently, the state of Texas began enforcing a law that forces women to have an ultrasound before an abortion. This procedure would involve the woman having a wand inserted inside her even if the abortion is because she was raped which, of course, is exactly the kind of irony and nuance that anyone involved in the abortion debate is physically incapable of seeing.

However, you know who are good at seeing irony? Cartoonists! That’s why, next week, Garry Trudeau’s Doonesbury will be running a weeklong series of strips on the subject. However, some newspapers are considering pulling the series and running repeats because of the content. Clearly, this will be the most controversial reproductive rights-related comic strip since Marmaduke got neutered.

http://www.mediaite.com/print/newspapers-are-considering-pulling-doonesbury-strips-about-texas-abortion-law/

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Reply Newspapers to pull Doonesbury regarding next week's transvaginal series (Original post)
pokerfan Mar 2012 OP
sinkingfeeling Mar 2012 #1
Justice wanted Mar 2012 #2
TheWraith Mar 2012 #8
LadyHawkAZ Mar 2012 #9
Justice wanted Mar 2012 #10
CTyankee Mar 2012 #15
joeybee12 Mar 2012 #11
madinmaryland Mar 2012 #19
riderinthestorm Mar 2012 #14
Melissa G Mar 2012 #20
Quantess Mar 2012 #21
toddwv Mar 2012 #3
FSogol Mar 2012 #4
nolabear Mar 2012 #12
toddwv Mar 2012 #5
JohnnyRingo Mar 2012 #6
socialist_n_TN Mar 2012 #13
JohnnyRingo Mar 2012 #18
caveat_imperator Mar 2012 #7
Gabi Hayes Mar 2012 #16
pokerfan Mar 2012 #17

Response to pokerfan (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 03:45 PM

1. Isn't it kind of ironic that they'll pull cartoons making fun of real devastating laws passed

by the GOP? And yet, they have to work hard not to offend the same fools.

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Response to pokerfan (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 03:47 PM

2. Afraid the actual truth will be told! PROPS DOONESBURY! Thank you!

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Response to Justice wanted (Reply #2)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 04:55 PM

8. Uh, maybe it has something to do with the fact that the comics are read by little kids?

Little kids not being the most appropriate audience for a conversation about vaginal probing?

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Response to TheWraith (Reply #8)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 05:02 PM

9. Doonesbury is usually on the editorial or opinion page

Little kids mostly don't read that. It's not about kids; it's about fundie adults who want to pretend they aren't trying to legislate rape.

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Response to TheWraith (Reply #8)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 07:45 PM

10. Not always.

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Response to Justice wanted (Reply #10)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 08:03 PM

15. Mine is now in the comics section...unfortunately...

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Response to TheWraith (Reply #8)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 07:48 PM

11. Little kids don't read opinion pages...

Where Doonesbury is usually placed.

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Response to joeybee12 (Reply #11)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 12:55 AM

19. Sorry, joey, but if you read most opinion pages, they are mostly written by little kids.

Occasionally you might see something by Paul Krugman, but mostly it is writers with the intelligence of a first grader trying to make sense of the world.

That is why Doonesbury is normally in the Comics Insert to your paper.

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Response to TheWraith (Reply #8)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 08:00 PM

14. Brenda Starr and Dick Tracy regularly published murder and mayhem.

Boondocks was outraged about racism.

But of course if Doonesbury is to present a comic strip about a grotesquely perverted law, we must somehow "shield the children"!!11!!!

Besides, little kids simply gloss over the political cartoons. I'd really like to know one little kid you know that ever reads Luckovich or Danziger....

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Response to TheWraith (Reply #8)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 02:42 PM

20. From the article...

http://www.mediaite.com/print/newspapers-are-considering-pulling-doonesbury-strips-about-texas-abortion-law/
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Director’s Cut: Guys, there’s very little news going on today so I wasted a fairly long time writing different versions of the last sentence in the first paragraph. For an educational peek behind the curtain, here’s a look at some of the different paths I could have chosen. Journalism students take special note.

…since that time Garfield got neutered.
…since that time Cathy thought her legs looked fat in the stirrups.
…since that time Snoopy got neutered.
…since that time Marvin‘s parents got to go back in time and make a different choice.
…since that time both main characters in Mutts got neutered.
…since that time Crankshaft forgot to put a rubber on his crankshaft.
…since that time Hobbes was neutered.
…since that time Dick Tracy forgot to put a rubber on his Dick Tracy.
…since that time The Phantom went up against The Fetus Who Cannot Die.
…since that time Heathcliff got neutered.
…since that time the Family Circus revealed that Billy’s real father was “Not Me”
…since that time all of Bloom County got neutered.
…since that time Loretta Lockhorn refused to bring a child into a loveless marriage.
…since that time Slylock Fox investigated the mystery of how he got neutered.
…since that time Ziggy was mistaken for a giant aborted fetus.
…since that time Mallard Fillmore suicide bombed an abortion clinic.

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Response to TheWraith (Reply #8)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 05:15 PM

21. As I recall, I thought Doonesbury was dreadfully boring when I was a teenager.

All of it went over my head, and/or, I didn't care.
Kids don't bother reading Doonesbury. They would sooner try to make sense of Gasoline Alley.

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Response to pokerfan (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 03:49 PM

3. Then it is up to us to make sure

that those strips see more eyes than current newspaper readerships could ever hope to present.

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Response to toddwv (Reply #3)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 03:50 PM

4. Exactly, K & R. n/t

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Response to toddwv (Reply #3)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 07:50 PM

12. PER-zackly, as Pogo would say.

Of course he was always in hot water too.

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Response to pokerfan (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 03:50 PM

5. Time to start cancelling newspapers too.

Make sure to write them a letter telling them why.

Point out how they will run any right-wing talking point about why the government must invade women's vaginas but won't run a comic strip that emphasizes the issue.

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Response to pokerfan (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 03:51 PM

6. It's incredible how aware Trudeau is

Though he says time spent away from the drawing board is the most cherished time he has, I'm glad he hangs in there. Serial artists of his calibre is dwindling to nothing and I'll deeply miss him when he's gone.

Meanwhile, I'll also miss The "Red Rogue" next week. He's hands down my favorite Doonsebury character these days.

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Response to JohnnyRingo (Reply #6)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 07:58 PM

13. Isn't that the Red Rascal?

I agree he's a entertaining character. He's SO clueless. Sorkh Razul? I'm sure the spelling in wrong, but that's close.

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Response to socialist_n_TN (Reply #13)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 12:47 AM

18. oops... You're right of course

One of my favorites was when he was kidnapped by AlQaeda and they tried to get a ransom from the CIA. I forget how much they bargained down to, but I thnk they just wanted to give him back by the end.

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Response to pokerfan (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 04:26 PM

7. Of course these same newspapers

have no problem printing Prickly City or Mallard Fillmore on the comics page instead of editorial where they belong (and where they banish Doonesbury to).

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Response to pokerfan (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 09:35 PM

16. what is this thing that you call a

newspaper?

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Response to Gabi Hayes (Reply #16)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 11:57 PM

17. In the olden days

they used to cut down trees and print the news on them. Then once or twice a day they would pay someone to drop the printed tree parts at your door. Insane, I know. But probably no more insane that using rockets to deliver the mail as was once seriously proposed.

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