Posted by: Donna
Judging from all the papers who had announced they weren’t going to run this week’s Doonesbury cartoons, I expected the first one to be a lot more abrasive than it was. The strip isn’t saying anything that lots of people aren’t already saying about intrusive and offensive anti-choice bills being introduced in several states. And the scarlet A was a nice touch. What’s going on here is the usual MSM squeamishness around the “controversial” topics of female reproduction and sexuality plus maybe buying into the right wing false equivalence b.s. around the Limbaugh debacle, where any liberal anywhere who ever said a bad thing was equated with Rush spending 3 days impugning a woman’s character (and that of the vast majority of American women) on the public airwaves.
The Arizona Republic was among the papers declining to run the Doonesbury strips. A Facebook friend of mine sent several inquiries around to reporters at the paper and TV news reporters about it. Columnist Laurie Roberts got the question to the top editor, Randy Lovely. His response: “I reviewed the Doonesbury cartoons and did not feel they were appropriate for publication.” Which is taking the path of least resistance, basically. Far easier to do that than to put out any message that describes the anti-choice movement accurately. It’s worth noting that the Republic hasn’t done any editorials on all the anti-abortion, anti-contraception, and anti-sex ed CAP legislation this year. Not that I’d expect anything more honest than some vacuous barf about the “extremism” of “both sides” of the issue but it would at least be nice if they’d stop avoiding the subject entirely so as to mollycoddle the tender feelings of sex-obsessed authoritarians.
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