'Intelligent discontent is the mainspring of civilization.' -- Eugene V. Debs

Thursday, November 18, 2004

Ted Rall's War with the Tone 

According to E&P, WashingtonPost.com is dropping Ted Rall's comic strip. Executive editor Doug Fever had the following to say about the decision:

Ted Rall does very interesting work. Some of it is not funny to an awful lot of people. We decided at the end of the day that it just did not fit the tone we wanted at WashingtonPost.com.

The funny thing about the above is that the NYTimes.com people said the exact same thing when they decided to drop Rall last March:

New York Times Digital Spokesperson Christine Mohan said in an e-mail: "After two years of monitoring cartoons by Ted Rall we decided that, while he often does good work, we found some of his humor was not in keeping with the tone we try to set for NYTimes.com ... While NYTimes.com and its parent company support the right of free expression, we also recognize an obligation to assure our users that what we publish, no matter what its origin, does not offend the reasonable sensibilities of our audience."

The tone is a mighty enemy...

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