Chicago Tribune Pulls Doonesbury Over Charity Pitch
Garry Trudeau pushed a fund for public schools
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Feb 7, 2012 2:08 PM CST
Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau.   (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

(Newser) – The Chicago Tribune refused to run Friday's Doonesbury strip because it made, in the paper's words, "a direct fundraising appeal for a specific charity." The newspaper's "editorial practices do not allow individuals to promote their self-interests," it said in a notice. The strip promoted DonorsChoose.org, calling it "a cool site that connects you to public school classrooms in need." The comic contained a smartphone-scannable code to send users to the website, the Washington Post reports.

Trudeau finds the Tribune's explanation somewhat mystifying. "I’m not sure ‘self-interest’ quite applies, since (a) DonorsChoose is a charity, and (b) I have no formal connection to it," he tells the Post. And "curiously, the Trib had no problem with the previous day’s strip directing readers to my website—which actually was in my self-interest.” But Trudeau is taking it in stride. "I try not to second-guess editors; they’re the clients, and I have no expectation that my strip is going to make it into every paper every day."

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Antone123
Feb 9, 2012 7:35 AM CST
The Chicago Tribune a paper that has had a vendetta against Illinois public school for the past 10 years or more. They slam teacher's salaries, pensions, work hours,etc. Yet they cannot keep their own house in order. It has become a right wing rag and it is a shame, they used to have pride in their reporting way back when.
Spudsy
Feb 7, 2012 3:02 PM CST
Bankrupt right-wing rag doesn't like a charity that benefits public schools. Oh I'm shocked, I tell you.
JoeQ
Feb 7, 2012 2:22 PM CST
Trudeau should also thank the Chicago Tribune for all the fine free publicity.