WARNING: According to the
nannies editors at The Birmingham News, this week’s storyline of Doonesbury comic strips could cause blindness, nausea, bleeding from the ears, and maybe even liberalism. In the event you experience such symptoms, DO NOT consult a physician, as they are likely now required by law to violate you with something.
More likely, though, the strips only would have caused a lot of angry letters to the editor and canceled subscriptions. So sorry, Doonesbury, you lose your privileges to say anything remotely interesting on the opinion pages. But in all fairness, everyone else lost those privileges years ago.
As we’ve written throughout the week, Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau has tackled the issue of legally mandated transvaginal ultrasounds for women seeking abortions. Not only do transvaginal ultrasounds make women uncomfortable, they make editors uncomfortable, too. So the News killed the strips and replaced them with an appropriately boring substitute storyline made available by Trudeau’s syndication service.
As one of our commenters noted earlier this week, the News made a mistake. No, their mistake was not going all wobbly in the knees the moment a cartoonist drew something interesting. Rather, the News reminded readers that newspapers aren’t necessary to read comics anymore. If you want, you can read Doonesbury right here on the Internet for free. In fact, the print is bigger and it’s in color. (And if you think that is wild, just wait until you see some of the crazy business on Youtube!)
But enough tongue-clucking for now. If you want to see the Doonesbury strips the News thinks are too offensive for its readers, the links to each of them are below.