Trio of Papers Pull Today’s ‘Boondocks’ Referring to Bush and Drugs

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By: Dave Astor

At least three of the approximately 300 “Boondocks” clients dropped today’s strip mentioning President Bush’s alleged former drug use.

Aaron McGruder’s comic showed one character saying: “Bush got recorded admitting that he smoked weed.” Another character replies: “Maybe he smoked it to take the edge off the coke.”

According to Universal Press Syndicate, newspapers pulling today’s strip included The Detroit News and the Star Tribune in Minneapolis. The Poynter Institute’s Romenesko site reported that the Chicago Tribune also dropped today’s “Boondocks,” with the paper saying the comic “presents inaccurate information as fact.”

The syndicate further noted that The Miami Herald plans to pull “The Boondocks” when McGruder addresses a different topic this Friday and Saturday; Universal declined to say what that topic will be.

“We respect the rights of editors to substitute strips or not run them if they feel a comic is inappropriate,” said Kathie Kerr, director of communications at Universal.

CORRECTION, March 1: An earlier version of this story repeated a Universal report that the Star Tribune would pull “Boondocks” again on Tuesday. In fact, the paper only pulled Monday’s cartoon.

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