Monday, June 25, 2007

Mainstream press' leftward bias plays out in Lexington comics debate

Anyone who reads the Lexington Herald-Leader knows that the paper recently dropped two of its comics page stalwarts, "B.C." and "The Wizard of Id." The reason given by the paper was because the creators, Brant Parker and Johnny Hart, recently died.

Never mind that the two strips are continuing to be published with no disruption in service and no loss of quality. The Herald-Leader has decided to move on. They have been auditioning a number of decidedly non-funny comics recently, having decided on one replacement ("Get Fuzzy") and still looking for the second one.

The H-L received several requests to keep the two comics, and complaints about them were very rare, but apparently that doesn't matter. They have an agenda to promote, who cares what the populace thinks?

Why would the paper drop the two strips, even though they are still very popular and are being produced at the same level of quality by surviving family members who obviously inherited their fathers' talents?

Could it perhaps be the messages the strips contain?

Both comics, but especially "B.C.," frequently contain positive, Christian messages. In fact, you can always count on "B.C." to publish some uplifting piece around Easter or Christmas. There's no hatemongering or homophobia or any of the rest of the negatives frequently attributed to people of religion; just a happy, positive message of faith and salvation.

Meanwhile, the Herald-Leader continues to publish "Doonesbury," with its anti-conservative, anti-Republican, anti-American message, each day on the same pages that used to be graced with "B.C." and "Wizard." Many papers have moved "Doonesbury" to the editorial pages, but not the H-L.

Only one of us here at K-Pac 2 is a Herald-Leader subscriber, and he's been thinking seriously about dropping his subscription since the news items can be read online, and most of the comics can too. (One of us lives outside the circulation area, and yet another lives in the region but she says she reads the paper at work or borrows a copy from a friend or she reads online, saying "I won't give those socialist liberals one hard-earned dime of my money; I work too hard to subsidize their leftist agenda.")

The paper's keeping the never-ceasingly-negative "Doonesbury" while dropping "B.C." and "The Wizard of Id" just gives him another reason to save 20 bucks a month.

Never has the Herald-Leader's leftist liberal anti-Christian anti-conservative slant been so apparent as in this decision.

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