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Why Are Newspapers Censoring This Strip?

Berkeley Breathed’s Opus cartoon usually runs in a few hundred newspapers, among them the Washington Post. Berkeley ’s home page had this note: “The Opus strips for August 26 and September 2 have been withheld from publication by a large number of client newspapers across the country, including Opus' host paper The Washington Post.” What gives? It’s the new form of terror—media corporations’ terror, in these days of dwindling circulation and stock prices, that they might lose readers, any readers, over “sensitivity” questions. Never let humor, truth and the American way, whatever that is anymore, stand in the way of shareholder value. Here's the strip:

 

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