Tribune Censored Boondocks

Posted by Mitchell - August 8, 2003 (entry 74)

From Reclaim

On July 14 and 17, Chicago Tribune editors decided not to publish Boondocks, Aaron McGruder's daily hard-hitting comic strip. This isn't the first time the strip has been censored, but the weasely denial of censorship by the Tribune's ombudsman Don Wycliff was exceptional. After the Tribune substituted an old Boondocks strip without notifying readers that they refused to publish McGruder's intended cartoon, Wycliff said "The very fact that readers could find the strips elsewhere indicates that they were not censored." By this definition, censorship does not exist.

Wycliff continued, "We are not an unfiltered receptacle for tasteless, libelous or otherwise unfair cartoons." Uh, Mr. Wycliff, if unfairness or questionable taste was cause to banish political cartoons, they wouldn't exist.

I plan to let Don know what I think. I hope you will too.

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