Daily Archives: March 12, 2012

From BEN GARVIN, photographer, St. Paul Pioneer Press: AP moved a weird and gruesome mug of the guy who opened fire near Pittsburgh. We were planning to use it until I realized he was dead. Is that a new thing? Moving a mug of a dead guy. His eyes were open and vacant, side of his head shaved. Ew. Caption from wire is below.

EDS NOTE: GRAPHIC CONTENT – This photo from the Allegheny County Medical Examiner and provided by the Pittsburgh Police, shows the corpse of a man identified by police as 30-year-old John Shick of Pittsburgh. Shick was shot dead by police after he killed one person and shot several others at a University of Pittsburgh psychiatric clinic, Thiursday March 8, 2012. Police confirmed Shick’s name at a Friday March 9, 2012 news conference in which they released a more detailed description of the shooting. (AP Photo/Pittsburgh Police )

* Read more about “brazen hoaxer” Tommaso Debenedetti in The New Yorker
* @PresHamidKarzai


“Given that the Georgia General Assembly is considering an abortion bill — House Bill 954, sponsored by Rep. Doug McKillip, R-Athens, which would prohibit abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy — I made a unilateral decision not to publish the ‘Doonesbury’ strips intended for publication this week. Quite simply, I thought there was a real possibility that readers might confuse the topic of this week’s ‘Doonesbury’ with Georgia’s proposed abortion legislation.” (Athens, GA Banner-Herald editor Jim Thompson)

“Editors believe he has expressed that opinion in a manner that skirts, if not crosses, the boundaries of good taste expected in a family newspaper.” (Vacaville, CA Reporter)

“I am concerned about the graphic content.” (Rock Hill, SC Herald)

“The language in the original strips was not appropriate for a comic that could be viewed by children.” (Ogden, UT Standard-Examiner)

“The Texas abortion cartoons venture too far for the comics pages.” (The Press of Atlantic City)

“Went over the line of good taste and humor.” Oregonian)

Other papers that aren’t running this week’s new strips in the print edition:
St. Paul Pioneer Press
– Tallahassee Democrat (“Thus far, no disclosure about its decision either in the paper or online,” says a reader)
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
– Greensboro News & Record, and Winston-Salem Journal (via John Robinson)
– Utica Observer-Dispatch
– Indianapolis Star
– Arizona Daily Star

The Los Angeles Times has moved the strip from the comics section to the Op-Ed page. Similarly, the Houston Chronicle is putting the strips on its Outlook page.

Why the El Paso Times is running the strips: “The ‘Doonesbury’ series on the new Texas law is, in the tradition of the strip, pointed and destined to stir discussion. That fits with the purpose of our opinion page. We expect our readers will engage in a discussion of the contents of the latest ‘Doonesbury’ installment, and we look forward to carrying parts of that discussion on our opinion pages and our digital platforms in the coming days,” says editor Bob Moore.

“This would be jarring if all of a sudden Garfield tackled abortion and Republican right misogyny, but this is Doonesbury. It’s a political cartoon,” writes Journal Register’s Matt DeRienzo.

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette is running the strips, reports Max Brantley.

Here is today’s strip.

* Reports: CNN to buy Mashable for more than $200 million. (New York Times)
* Washington Post’s “Reliable Source” on Louis C.K. and the peril of Washington media dinners. (Washington Post)
* Committee to come up with “simple, common sense rules” for aggregators. (New York Times)
* Chicago Reader is on the block. Will Village Voice Media pick it up? (Crain’s Chicago Business)
* Mexican billionaire, NYT investor Carlos Slim finances Internet TV network that will feature Larry King. (New York Times)
* Shafer: Having been 28 myself once, I wonder how long jr. vanity mogul Chris Hughes will stick with TNR. (Reuters)
* Conservative cartoonist responds to critics of his Fluke drawing. (
* Ex-NPR staffer Alex Chadwick will soon have a national audience again. (