On January 7, 1999, the Post and Courier (Charleston's
daily paper) did not run Garry Trudeau's "Doonesbury" strip. The
paper neither justified their decision nor acknowledged the omission
of the comic. Instead, that day's comics page redistributed the
comics so as to make the absence of "Doonesbury" less obvious. Here
is the strip in question:
- Look at the criteria on pages 330-334 of your textbook. Decide
what criteria (if any) applies in this case. If the Post and
Courier were acting on criteria such as that listed here,
which ones would justify their decision to omit this comic strip?
Which ones would not justify their decision?
- Was not running this strip an act of journalistic
responsibility or of censorship? Was the Post and Courier
justified in not running the comic?
- If you were an editor at the Post and Courier, what
would you have done? In your response, decide on what ethical
grounds you would make your decision. And you might consider
options other than running or not running it. For example, if you
decide to leave the strip out of the paper, are you obligated to
offer reasons for omitting the strip? What do you think of the
idea of printing a web address at which the strip might be
Last updated on 17 January 1999