The only turd on the comics page is Mallard Fillmore

I guess it’s okay if you’re the President, but not for Garry Trudeau:

Why did Garry Trudeau use Karl Rove’s “Turd Blossom” nickname in Tuesday and Wednesday’s “Doonesbury” strips?

“Given that I’m writing for a general audience, I try not to use crude or vulgar language gratuitously,” replied Trudeau, after E&P e-mailed him several questions this afternoon. “But in this case, I felt that [President] Bush’s nickname for Rove was illuminating. ‘Turd blossom’ has so many connotations, none of them flattering. It’s a small masterpiece of nastiness.”

About 10 to 12 newspapers pulled or edited the “Turd Blossom” strips, according to an Associated Press story. Trudeau is OK with the pulling part, but not the editing part.

“Editors obviously have a responsibility to determine what’s appropriate for inclusion in their papers,” said the Universal Press Syndicate cartoonist. “The syndicate and I accept that from time to time individual editors may object to particular strips and decide to drop them. What’s not acceptable to us, however, is for editors to alter the content of a strip and represent it as what I sent them. In most cases, changing the dialogue compromises its meaning or rhythm or humor. Sometimes, the strip no longer even makes sense. Who benefits from that? We’d prefer that an offending strip be dropped altogether.”

In today’s “Doonesbury” comic (which can be viewed here), an aide tells Bush: “Sir, we’re still getting pretty beat up on the Rove revelations. We can’t get traction on any other issue. It’s just the leak thing 24-7!” Bush responds: “Yeah, I know. Karl’s sure been earnin’ his nickname lately.” Aide: “Boy Genius? I’m not so sure, sir.” Bush then calls out to Rove: “Hey, Turd Blossom! Get in here!”

Meanwhile, Chris Muir goes meta…and still isn’t funny. What’s really sad about Muir is that he uses the same computer images over and over again and so the only work he really does is the copy…and he can’t even get that right.

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