Friday, June 20, 2003

Here is an excellent post from Daily Kos that takes to task the Mallard Fillmore comic strip from this past Sunday's paper.

Mallard Fillmore runs on the editorial page of the San Antonio Express-News each day right beneath Doonesbury - I guess to provide "balance." But it is really not a fair fight.

Doonesbury uses a whole host of well developed characters and follows lengthy and complex storylines to make nuanced and often biting political statements that frequently skewer both sides of the political debate.

Mallard Fillmore is a crudely drawn gag strip that has no character development and serves only to take cheap political shots at liberal "strawmen." The stip's modus operandi is not unlike that of your typical junior high school bully and the intellectual level of its arguments rarely even rise to that level.
What is worse, however, is that the assertions made in the strip are often times blatantly false. But for some reason newspapers around the country continue to run the strips everyday without correction. For example, several weeks ago the stip did a series lampooning comedian and liberal activist Janeanne Garafolo because she had at one time promised to apologize to President Bush if weapons of mass destruction were found in Iraq. The strip showed Mallard the duck waiting impatiently in front of the White House for Garafolo to show up to make her apology - the implication being that the WMDs had already been found. Of course, no WMDs have been found and there has been no retraction from the cartoonist who simply changed the subject and went back to attacking the Clintons once again.

It is really a shame that so many papers waste space on the Mallard strip when there are so many other talented, and yes, conservative cartoonists out there who could do a better job. In San Antonio there is a conservative cartoonist named Leo Garza who does an excellent daily strip for the local paper called Nacho Guarache which is many times superior to the Mallard strip. If conservatives had any sense at all they would be trying to get Mr. Garza's strip a national syndication deal to take the place of the embarrassingly bad Mallard Fillmore.

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