Bloggers Weigh in on Cartoonist’s Drunk-Driving Arrest

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By: E&P Staff

Bloggers are taking differing views about this month’s drunk-driving arrest of “Mallard Fillmore” cartoonist Bruce Tinsley.

Joshua Fruhlinger noted on his blog that the conservative Tinsley (who also had another alcohol-related arrest this summer) has used “Mallard Fillmore” to take swipes at liberal U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) for the politician’s past drinking.

“The hypocrisy issue has come up,” added Universal Press Syndicate editorial cartoonist Ted Rall on his blog. “After all, Tinsley often mocks Ted Kennedy for alleged drunkenness in his strip.”

But the liberal Rall also said Tinsley’s drunk-driving arrest “could happen to anyone who knocks back three or four beers in an hour or two in a city without decent mass transit, i.e., most people reading this. Speculation that he’s an alcoholic is just that. If Tinsley has issues, he ought to be allowed the privacy to seek help without being ridiculed by a Standard Issue American Media Pile-on…. Cut the dude some slack, and let him figure out his life.”

The Indiana-based Tinsley does “Mallard Fillmore” for King Features Syndicate.

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