‘Obviousman’ Stirs Talk of Compliant Press

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By: Dave Astor

Obviousman is going interactive, and many people interacting with him are annoyed at the press for being too soft on the Bush administration. Cartoonist Wiley Miller contrasted this with the backbone the press showed during Watergate.

In today’s “Non Sequitur” comic, Miller pictures Obviousman being interviewed on Joe Pyle’s radio program. Included in the second panel is an e-mail address for readers to send questions to the “super-hero” character.

Miller reported receiving more than 100 e-mails for Obviousman — including messages from Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, and various European countries — before taking a break from his computer. “What’s interesting is that most of the people writing are asking about the lies and deceit of this administration and why the press isn’t asking them questions,” said the cartoonist. “People are as pissed off at the press for being complicit in the lies coming from the White House as they are being lied to in the first place.”

Miller added: “Now that Watergate has come back into the news with the revelation of Deep Throat’s identity, the stark difference between our independent news media back then and our corporately owned sheep of today is glaring, to say the least. My hope is that reporters and editors will note that difference and how the lies and crimes of the Nixon administration pale in comparison to those of this administration, then [start] doing their damned job.”

What will Miller do with the e-mails? “I’ll reply to some, but others I will use as direct questions for Obviousman in the strip,” he said. “That may be creating a monster for me, though, considering the response just this one little edition has elicited.”

The dialogue in today’s “Non Sequitur” has Pyle saying to Obviousman: “Let’s talk about your greatest super power — your uncanny ability to spot the ‘naked emperors’ among us in government. How do you do that?” Obviousman replies: “They’re ALL naked, you idiot.”

“Non Sequitur” appears in more than 700 newspapers via Universal Press Syndicate.

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