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February 12, 2004

Big Brother Comes to The Funnies

In a media full of hidden bias, editorial spin and tabloid headlines, at least there's the funnies, right? You can always rely on the comic strip to lighten up your day a wee bit, sure in the knowledge that in this at least, you and everyone else are seeing the same thing.

Right?

Wrong.

The Get Fuzzy that appeared in my newspaper today.

The Get Fuzzy that appeared online.

The difference lies in the punch line, for those who missed it.

Now what would make Darby Conley draw two different endings? Surely one of them wasn't considered too racy? The lettering in the upper one makes me suspicious. Did someone at the N&O decide than an upchuck joke was too offensive?

Posted by Bigwig at February 12, 2004 11:36 PM | TrackBack
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It isn't just the funnies, and it isn't just online/print. Last winter, when I still lived in Queens, NY, something in a Maureen Down column in the print edition of the Times got me especially annoyed. Visiting my parents over the weekend in Connecticut, I tried to cite it from memory, then remembered they subscribed. I dug out their copy of the paper and discovered that the paragraph in question, all fiery and furious in the New York edition, had been rewritten, and softened, for the Connecticut edition. I can email you scans of both articles if you want to see them... I thought it was so strange I emailed the discrepancy to Jonah Goldberg at NRO, who also thought it was odd and posted it on the Corner ("Get Me Howie Kurtz!", scroll about 1/3 of the way down). Maybe a lot of Americans don't realize what a nutjob Maureen Dowd is because they're not reading the same columns... But, er, I don't know why anyone would tweak that comic. I mean, neither punchline is especially hilarious.

Posted by: This Moron at February 13, 2004 04:17 AM

The second comic is the one I just read in a local print pub. I dunno.

Posted by: Kehaar at February 13, 2004 02:18 PM

well, the italic writing appears to be Darb's usual italics, so i'd wager he wrote both.

Posted by: andy at February 13, 2004 09:56 PM

Has anyone e-mailed the author to ask him? I looked at www.comics.com, which carries the strip online, but the author contact page was being updated. Might try later.

Posted by: Joe at February 18, 2004 07:32 AM
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