Letter to the Editor

Your view: Not so funny

Thursday, May 3, 2007

To the Editor:

No one expects the funny pages to reflect the same level of journalistic fairness that news pages do, but when a cartoonist gets it as wrong as Garry Trudeau did recently, it's worth taking the time to correct the record.

Using "Doonesbury" to draw attention to the divorces and infidelities among those seeking the Republican nomination for president makes a strong political point -- especially when contrasted to the less checkered marital histories of the Democratic front-runners. But what exactly does Focus on the Family's James Dobson have to do with any of it?

It doesn't take much effort to discover that Dobson has been plainspoken about the candidates' weaknesses. He's plainly said he couldn't vote for two of the men Trudeau referred to -- and grilled a third on his national radio show about the would-be candidate's marital trespasses.

Trudeau appears to support gay marriage, as the cartoon's second-to-last panel indicates. Maybe that's why he took this unwarranted shot at Dobson -- a vocal proponent of defending marriage as the union of one man and one woman.


Dennis Gamblin