Tank McNamara Comic Pulled For Dick Cheney Putting A Hit On Michael Vick

Censorship? Or Common Sense? Tank McNamara Sports Comic Kept Out Of Washington Post

8/11/09 in Media   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

The Tank McNamara comic strip has appeared in the Washington Post and many other sports pages across the country for years. I remember reading it for years as I grew up. Yesterday, however, it didn't appear in the Washington Post, because of content that was ruled to be a little over the top, by the Post's editors.

So the question is simple. Is this censorship gone wrong? Or was it a sensible move by the post?

I can understand their reasoning. It really IS a bit over the top. Despite the fact that it has become fashionable to bash the administration that held the Oval Office from 2000-2008, I don't really think that it would be considered to be acceptable to joke about ANY former vice president putting out a hit on an NFL football player, even one who just got out of jail on dogfighting charges and was still unsigned.

But in the end, it's a comic strip. I'm one of the people who believe that almost nothing is sacred in the name of comedy, and it's safe to say that no one in their right mind would take this seriously. What are your thoughts on the Post's decision?

Washington Post pulls comic featuring Vick, Cheney [AJC]
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8/11/09   |   Balmer_Johnny   |   5 respect

I miss reading Tank McNamara in the Baltimore Sun when I lived in that fair city. Now were I live it is not carried. I do agree that suggesting that the NFL Commish kill Vick is a bit much, but given it is Chaney and he is notoriously mean-spirited, what else can you expect.

8/11/09   |   BluDevil   |   618 respect

The Post has every right to decide what they want to publish or not. Its really not a matter of free speech, because the Post isn't saying that Tank McNamara can't be published anywhere, they are just saying they don't want to publish it in their paper which is the same as when an editor decides to publish one article over another. That's not keeping the author of the article from their free speech right, as they can go out and express that same article on the street, or on their blog, or whatever.

8/11/09   |   Jubanator14   |   367 respect

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Well see the thing with free speech is it protects you from the Government coming in and censoring what you say, write, draw, etc., it says nothing about your employer censoring you. Plus there is also responsibility of your speech, which people are not free from.

With all that said, it is a pretty cheap shot at Dick Chaney and in the PC world we live in now, it was a very smart move to not run a comic. And as Eric Cartman put it...."Butters, only gay little dweebs read the funnies!"

8/11/09   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

I don't think Dick Cheney's the only guy who wants to kill Vick...........

8/11/09   |   TurkogluForMVP   |   50 respect

im happy they didnt run it because its not funny.. i am in no way offended by its content but i am offended at the lack of hilarity it has. At least make it funny geez

8/11/09   |   feel_the_steel   |   9 respect

As stupid as it was, it's still just a comic strip.........geez. The Post must be on their period this week.

8/11/09   |   ary201   |   213 respect

Maybe they just didn't run it because IT WASN'T FUNNY AT ALL.

8/11/09   |   mikecubbie69   |   65 respect

It is way over the top and kind of stupid, but come on, other comic strips are over the top and they arent censored.  And no one in there right mind would believe that the VP would put a hit out on a football player. I think the Post should be ashamed of themselves, because obviously, other places arent afraid of publishing the offending comic strip.

8/11/09   |   tpowell25   |   1627 respect

And now because of censorship, this is the most Tank McNamara has been read in years.

8/11/09   |   primo   |   1 respect

Freedom of speech and comedy is supposed to be dangerous... did it hit its mark? Don't know maybe the punchline wasn't that funny

8/11/09   |   Heyhey1970   |   194 respect

I think the premise of the comic makes no sense.  I would have run it, but not because it was clever.  I'm no fan of former VP Cheney, but this was a less than creative way to jab him.

8/11/09   |   kantwistaye   |   4214 respect

Insinuating a murder of a pro athlete by a former VP is just stupid no matter what said pro athlete and VP may have previously done.

8/11/09   |   THE_Smoot   |   70 respect

Enter Jesse Jackson.

8/11/09   |   mk_donley   |   2554 respect

This strip is an unecessary swipe at Vick. I wonder if members of PETA read it yet?

8/11/09   |   drn0iswatr   |   731 respect

well...it could have just been the former VP encouraging Vick go hunting with him. 

8/11/09   |   keppieboy   |   158 respect

 The strip is just stupid I would not have run it.