So... What was the Big Deal?
Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 10:53 AM
Last week, the Chicago Tribune pulled "Doonesbury" because it didn't meet the paper's standards of fairness. The weeks' strips have now run. Can anybody tell what strip(s) caused the Trib's editorial staff to hit the panic button? Because I'm having a hard time finding the Big Deal...
It seems to me Trudeau took a pretty standard gag construction -- the reporter uses passages from the book and then uses creative phraseology to spin them in a positive/ambiguous light -- to produce a rather lackluster series of strips. It's pretty tame stuff.
What was the part that gave them such a hard time?
I have a hard time believing that this was about the Trib being unable to verify the veracity of the book. Did it block comics/stories that discussed other books -- whether they were controversial (The Da Vinci Code) or outright fabrications (A Million Little Pieces") -- before the pieces ran?
Having read the strips, I'm having a heck of a time figuring out what this was all about.
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