Chicago Tribune: This week’s “Doonesbury” strips don’t meet our standards of fairness

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“Doonesbury” creator Garry Trudeau is running excerpts from Joe McGinniss’s Sarah Palin’s bio in this week’s strips, which won’t be seen by Chicago Tribune print edition readers. The paper says in an A2 note that “the subject matter does not meet our standards of fairness [because] the strips include excerpts from a book that is not yet on the market and therefore unavailable for review or verification by the Tribune.” The book’s release date is Sept. 20. The Tribune is running “Thatababy” in the place of “Doonesbury.”

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  • Anonymous

    You have to keep in mind who is running the Tribune nowadays. It’s not your father’s world class newspaper anymore.

  • Anonymous

    Go read the strip online.  It takes an isolated excerpt from the book to clearly accuse Ms. Palin of some form of racism.  I’m not saying that the accusation isn’t true, but its a serious accusation based on one individual’s quote – I think that isolate quote issue is what the Trib wants to verify.  The strip may accurately represent what’s in the book.  The book may accurately represent what the individual actually said.  The individual’s quote may accurately represent what happened, and that may be a manifestation of actual racism from Ms. Palin.  Or there may be a problem in that chain.  I can’t say I fully support the Trib’s decision here, but at least in this one, controversy-dodging, posterior-covering (thus, self-serving) way, the Trib is declining to be like News Corp/Fox News and perpetuating not-yet-substantiated information.

  • http://twitter.com/Astraea_Muse Astraea

    We’d all be laughing.  It turns out, and this might come as a shock, that comic strips are not actually required to be factual.  In fact, in most cases they make up imaginary scenarios that have little basis in reality.  Suggesting that the Trib is pulling a comic strip because its information cannot be verified is like suggesting that some sitcom should be pulled because the factual basis of its gags is not proven.  It’s a ridiculous excuse for pandering.

  • Anonymous

    One can only imagine the reaction in the other situation: The Tribune pulls a comic strip that quotes from a Birther book or Obama bio that has not yet been released to the public or even the general media.

    The MSNBC-like wing of the MSM would collectively yawn.

    Trudeau has never been known as being fair, and since about 1979, he has not really been funny. Bloom County whipped his butt with one arm tied behind Breathed’s back.

    It’s no surprise he would quote from a gossippy book released by the “author” who moved in next door to the Palins to rile them.

  • Anonymous

    One can only imagine the reaction in the other situation: The Tribune pulls a comic strip that quotes from a Birther book or Obama bio that has not yet been released to the public or even the general media.

    The MSNBC-like wing of the MSM would collectively yawn.

    Trudeau has never been known as being fair, and since about 1979, he has not really been funny. Bloom County whipped his butt with one arm tied behind Breathed’s back.

    It’s no surprise he would quote from a gossippy book released by the “author” who moved in next door to the Palins to rile them.

  • http://twitter.com/Astraea_Muse Astraea

    I presume you are permanently pulling Mallard Fillmore for failure to have any verifiable facts?

  • Anonymous

    You’re batting 1.000. I said your comment *exemplified* the national discourse. Purely, perfectly. I had concluded long ago that the national discourse was broken, and stuff like this is why. Too many people (now with Internet access!) conclude all kinds of off the wall stuff based not on facts or evidence, but on their “feelings.” It’s what gets crazy people elected, for instance. It’s why some people who have never been poor think all poor people are just lazy. Etc. It’s narcissism, pure and simple. Which nearly always goes along with ignorance. 

    To wit: Newspaper-comic readership is way down, but Doonesbury is still near the top. A quick Google search shows that one research outfit put the Sunday strip at No. 7 in 2008. Trudeau is still producing and selling books and other doo-dads. The strip has been popular on Slate for years. A neat trick for something “nobody reads.”

    I almost never read it myself. The difference is, I don’t equate my own experience with that of the whole world. Sure your comment was just offhand and meant to announce to the world that you don’t like Doonesbury (which is really *fascinating*). I was struck, like I said, by it’s purity in exemplifying why so many people insist on staying ignorant. 

  • Anonymous

    Who knew the Chicago Tribune had standards????

  • Anonymous

    So based on a two sentence comment I make on a blog, you’ve concluded that the national discourse is broken? Brilliant logic.

    I think I’m correct in my assumption that no one reads Doonesbury based on the fact that it’s never discussed in the media. None of my friends admit to reading it and many of them work in the media.

  • Anonymous

    You don’t read it, therefore nobody reads it. (Or, more accurately, you don’t *like* it, therefore nobody reads it). I don’t know that I’ve ever seen the brokenness of our national discourse exemplified in such pure form.

  • Anonymous

    It doesn’t matter because no one reads the Chicago Tribune anymore.  We will all send links to the strip on our iphones and no one will notice it wasn’t in the Trib.  So old school…

  • Anonymous

    yes, pathetic. absolutely embarrassing.

  • http://scorcher.org/ Jym Dyer

    The nerve of G.B. Trudeau, using real quotes from the Palin bio instead of makin’ stuff up to be “fair” (and balanced?).

  • http://twitter.com/medillustrator FerrerBeals

    Brilliant Gary. You knew they’d pull it, and now the twitter-verse is taking over. Keep it up.

  • Anonymous

    The Trib is ridiculous.  It took them until 2008 to endorse a Dem for president, & he turned out to be Bush-lite on so many issues.
    The Doonesbury has  Fox reporter roland Headly reading the new McGuinness book on Palin and translating it into Fox-speak.  “The only thing she read on a coast to coast trip was People magazine” is translated into Fox’s “Palin reads constantly”.   Although Palin has recently been speaking against the all-powerful corporate oligarchy, that is a new turn and may indicate some reading.   

  • Anonymous

    Sounds more like censorship…

  • Badmoodman

    You guys at the Trib not only do a poor job of editing your online articles but you also have zero guts.

  • Andy Hall (was AndyinTexas)
  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marc-Levy/1332321421 Marc Levy

    The Tribune sounds ridiculous. It’s pulling comic strips because they quote from a book the Tribune hasn’t reviewed or “verified”? I’m not even sure what that means. Its copy editors are going to fact-check the book? Confirm that it exists? In fact, the editors note doesn’t even say they’re going to do anything; they seem to be simply upset the book isn’t “on the market” and available for them to maybe, possibly, theoretically do those things.
    If Trudeau made up a book to quote from, and made up the quotes from it, apparently he wouldn’t be having this problem. (Although he surely doesn’t see it as a problem.)Weird, Tribune, just weird.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AGTBBSXPEHC5KYFF5DQ32FOAXA KMQ

    People still read the Tribune?  I’ve lived here for 5 years and havent read it once.

  • Anonymous

    People still read Doonesbury? I think I read it once in 1983.

    This is so indicative of how clueless newspaper managers are. The entire industry is imploding and they worry about a comic strip that no one reads.