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According to my RSS feed, Dan Gillmor wrote about a Boondocks cartoon that was spiked today by the Chicago Tribune (but I get a page forbidden message when trying to read the page):
Tribune Kills Anti-Bush Cartoon
It’s over the top, I agree, but the paper explained its decisions to readers, according to Romenesko, this way: “Today’s original Boondocks strip presents inaccurate information as fact.”
Maybe someone should tell the Trib about those horoscopes it runs, not to mention at least some of the advertising…
I don’t agree that it is over the top, it’s just satire. We need more of it. The Trib’s excuse is incorrect. Bush has been recorded saying “I wouldn’t answer the marijuana questions. You know why? Because I don’t want some little kid doing what I tried.” That is an admission he smoked pot. And given the long-standing suggestions from many sources that Bush used cocaine, this is a perfectly reasonable satire—hell, during the Clinton era, people accused the president of hundreds of scandalous things that were unfounded, but the satire flowed freely. It’s not time to be polite, it’s time to offend sensibilities that have been protected for far too long.
UPDATE: The link is working now.]]>