Sunday, January 30, 2011

Where's Mallard Fillmore When You Need Him?

We're not usually too enamored of the comic strip Mallard Fillmore. Obviously most newspapers carrying the strip do so in order to balance Doonesbury or other cartoons that may be considered of the liberal genre. Still we hope the conservative duck was on alert last Friday when most newspapers carried articles on the anniversary of the Challenger disaster. In case you missed this quote from a TimesDaily article, let's play "Which One Doesn't Belong Here?"

There has been a growing list of calamities since then: Waco, Oklahoma City, Columbine, 9/11, Space Shuttle Columbia, Katrina, Virginia Tech, and now Tucson.

We hope none of our readers had difficulty in finding the odd man out. Why in the name of J. Edgar Hoover would Waco belon
g in a list of calamities/tragedies that affected innocent citizens? We realize the TD doesn't proof its own articles, much less those of the Associated Press, but hope springs eternal. Perhaps our local rag could at least find a volunteer to check content before it's published.


While on the subject of cartoons, we've previously mentioned the often offensive Argyle Sweater. Did any among us truly find a joke about Walt Disney's frozen head to be humorous--tastefully or otherwise? For a paper so afraid of offending local business interests, the TD doesn't seem to put much thought into what's published in a family oriented section.


It seems Cherokee has recently been a focal point for even more controversy. We'll have a full report from C.R. tomorrow.