The “Turd” Hits the Fan at the Statesman

Managing editor Fred Zipp of the Austin American-Statesman announced today that like 10-12 other American newspapers, the Statesman pulled Monday and Tuesday’s Doonesbury comic strips referring to “Turd Blossom,” George W. Bush’s pet name for advisor Karl Rove. In today’s strip, Bush says, “Here’s my problem, Karl. I made it clear I would fire anyone found leaking the identity of one of our spies. And now it turns out it was you! So what am I going to do with you, Turd Blossom?” Zipp explained why the editorial staff made the decision:

We publish a newspaper that strives to appeal to a broad audience. The gratuitous use of profanity is a hot-button issue for many of our readers, so we generally avoid it.

I asked humor columnist John Kelso if he had ever managed to get the word

6 Comments so far

  1. ttrentham (unregistered) on July 27th, 2005 @ 9:05 pm

    I saw the mention of some papers pulling the strip this morning on CNN.com. I hadn’t seen today’s or yesterday’s paper, so I checked as soon as I got home. I’m supremely annoyed that they were pulled.


  2. Michael(tm) Smith (unregistered) on August 1st, 2005 @ 7:37 am

    Sharp one, that Assistant Managing Editor Debbie Hiott is. And what a memory. Just the combination you need in an Assistant Managing Editor, in my book.

    But I bet humor columnist John Kelso gets the last laugh every time he manages to get the name “Dick” Cheney past her.


  3. ANNE HIOTT MCLAURIN (unregistered) on September 23rd, 2005 @ 9:05 pm

    HEY MY SWEET NEICE , DEBBIE HIOTT. THIS IS YOUR NAMESAKE. LOVE YA DARLING. LET ME HEAR FROM YOU. DEFEND WHATEVER YA BELIEVE IN . BE YOU DADDY’S GIRL. YA YA


  4. ANNE HIOTT MCLAURIN (unregistered) on September 23rd, 2005 @ 9:14 pm

    HI MY SWEET NAMESAKE. THIS IS AUNT ANNE. LOVE YA SO MUCH. KEEP ON TAKING UP FOR WHAT YA BELIEVE IN , AND LET US HEAR FROM YOU . WE LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU. KEEP ON BEING YOUR DADDY’S GIRL AND MY SWEET NAMESAKE. LOVE YA ALWAYS. YOUR AUNT ANNE


  5. omit (unregistered) on September 23rd, 2005 @ 10:17 pm

    Um. What?


  6. captain (unregistered) on October 3rd, 2005 @ 2:11 pm

    doh! I guess in the intervening nine minutes Auntie Anne got Little Debbie to edit her post. LOL!



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