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Chicago Tribune Pulls Doonesbury Cartoon Over Charity Mention

Chicago Tribune Pulls Doonesbury Cartoon Over Charity Mention

For the second time in less than five months, the Chicago Tribune pulled a Doonesbury cartoon for mentioning the charity “DonorsChoose.org” and the move has the paper once again facing accusations of a conservative editorial bias.

DonorsChoose.org is an award-wining non-profit started in 2000 by a New York school teacher looking to improve the quality of public schools which have been severely hurt by funding cuts at the state and federal level. The organization allows American public school teachers to post up classroom project requests on their website, asking for materials they desperately need to help enrich their children’s education and lives. Individuals can then donate the money or supplied for on or many of the schools in need. Once the project reaches its funding goal the materials are then delivered.

The cartoon in question featured a QR code that when scanned would take the reader to the website for DonorsChoose.org and stated that any charitable donation made from that scan would be doubled by the Doonesbury team.

DonorsChoose.org has come under attack by the far right because, among other reasons, the science books distributed do not teach creationism. DonorsChoose.org denies any political bias and has the backing of school teachers nationwide of all faiths and political beliefs. But that hasn’t stopped the attacks.

This recent action by The Chicago Tribune is an outrageous act of censorship for an institution that is purported to be a non-biased news organization and will only serve to enable this kind of baseless attack on real learning. Our public schools face enough struggles, manufactured hard-right political scandals should not be among them.

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3:30PM PST on Feb 12, 2012

Yes, but it is illegal to censor the news for a political bias, and get caught.

3:23PM PST on Feb 12, 2012

Freedom of speech. All opinions are allowed to be expressed

10:45AM PST on Feb 9, 2012

I remember a time when papers stood PROUDLY neutral above politics.

One of the MANY fine things about Doonesbury is its willingness to take a position in an EDITORIAL/CARTOON way.

When the Chicago Tribune decides to censor a cartoon in order to pander to the religious right--they've lost any credibility in the area of impartiality.

In order to avoid confusion (after all--someone might be new to the area) it should now advertise itself as "The Chicago Tribune...Toady to Conservative Christians."

3:14AM PST on Feb 8, 2012

Brilliant publicity for the charity! You couldn't buy it.

9:02PM PST on Feb 7, 2012

And thanks to CT's censorship I know of this charity now, and will be directing a sizeable amount of money to it in the near future.

Thanks Chicago Tribune!

8:51PM PST on Feb 7, 2012

There is an answer. Don't buy it. Don't put ads in it. Support the papers that fit your point of view. There are no papers who do not have a bias. It has always be that way. Pick your bias. Pick your paper. This is, after all, America.

7:43PM PST on Feb 7, 2012

Shame on you Chicago Tribune

7:38PM PST on Feb 7, 2012

One picture worth a thousand words. I would love to see some artist do a spin on Romney using subliminal messages...would be a collectors edition! After Napoleon was captured, his supporters put his initials, and profile into their handicrafts..you would have to know where to look for them. Also, cartoonist Hirsh(field?) used to put his niece Nina's name in his sketches..lots of fun to look for..s wisp of hair, in a collar of a coat, etc. check it out.

4:17PM PST on Feb 7, 2012

I wonder if Oprah still lives there half the year, and if so, what she thinks of this travesty! As the 'education queen' of daytime TV, I hope she would be furious and outspoken about it!

4:17PM PST on Feb 7, 2012

I haven't read that scabby newspaper since they locked out the printers. This is nothing new for the wannabe WSJ.

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