I’ve not been a fan of the Oregonian for some time, a distaste that has grown with the arrival of publisher Christian Anderson, of Orange County Register renown. This dislike remains, along with their editorial decisions, the focus of their reporting, and their thirst for the blood of seemingly any local public official.
It didn’t, however, have to do with the blatant squashing of ideas. Until now.
This week, the Oregonian pulled the super fabulous comic strip Doonesbury, from Pulitzer Prize winning, Academy Award nominated Garry Trudeau. Why? Well, simply because they don’t like the topic, which happens to be abortion. How very repressive dictator of you, Mr. Anderson. Just because the comic was talking about a constitutionally protected right. Of course, how distasteful.
Beyond these pesky constitutional issues, the justification the Oregonian is using stems from the fact that they don't find the comic “funny.” Interesting that they're in charge of the funny. As a woman who has seen her rights assaulted, abused and generally trotted out for public floggings, I would like to say that I find the idea that the Far Right gets a little ribbing in return a tad humorous. Funnier than, say, hearing a woman called a slut or imagining the reality of transvaginal ultrasound. Can we have just a moment of amusement?
So, in that spirit, here is the first installment of the comic that the Oregonian deems so (oh, dear) offensive to us all.