Arts & Entertainment

Post-Gazette Will Keep Controversial Cartoon -- For Now

Editors say they're satisfied a syndicator won't allow a repeat of obscenity in February 10 strip


Editors at the Pittsburgh Post Gazette say they will keep the cartoon strip Non Sequitur, after receiving assurances from the strip's syndicator that there won't be a repeat of the February 10 cartoon in which an obscenity appeared (click here for our previous story).

More than 20 newspapers decided to dump the strip, including the Butler (Pa.) Eagle, which first discovered a scrawled sentence in the bottom right corner of one panel, directed at President Trump, that said "We fondly say... go f--- yourself." Last week the P-G editors wrote they were still deciding whether to keep or cancel the strip (click here for our story).

"We deeply regret not catching (artist) Wiley Miller's hidden inappropriate message. It has dealt a serious blow to the long history of excellent service and trust Andrews McMeel Universal has built with your newpaper partners," wrote syndicate managing editor Sue Roush in a statement.

"We have learned a hard lesson and are putting new policies in place to assure that this never happens again." Sue Roush, Andrews McMeel Universal Syndicate

In today's edition, the P-G wrote that reader responses on whether to keep or cancel the strip were 50/50.

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