Newspaper editors have long maintained sharp boundaries between news, entertainment and opinion. Garry Trudeau's "Doonesbury" comic strip not only blurs that line, but crosses it completely.
Don't get me wrong. For many years, I've followed the exploits of Mike Doonesbury, B.D., Zonker Harris and a host of other characters in the strip. However, for the past 16 years Trudeau has increasingly focused the "Doonesbury" storyline on advancing a political philosophy that he, and his wife, Jane Pauley, share, rather than producing a universally entertaining comic strip.
Trudeau's unswerving liberal bias is certain to entertain those of that same political bent. However, that same bias is likely to rankle folks with a more conservative viewpoint. Hence, an editorial page placement would be more appropriate for the "Doonesbury" strip.
As the 2012 election rhetoric heats up, this would be a good time for your editors to relocate "Doonesbury" from the comics section of the newspaper to the editorial page. There, Garry Trudeau would appropriately join the debate with his fellow political cartoonists and commentators.
Hilton Head Island