The ProJo's Ironic Error

In this week's Phoenix, on the newsstands today, I've got a piece on the Providence Journal's decision to spike a controversial "Doonesbury" series on a Texas abortion law and use an alternate Doonesbury series on our anti-social tendencies in the Digital Age.

Well, today, a wrinkle: the paper ran the fourth strip in the abortion series - by accident. That's what a note says on page A2 of the paper in the "corrections" box. The irony is, today's strip is, perhaps, the most controversial in the series.

The gaffe did force the ProJo into something I called for in my piece - an explanation for the paper's decision to kill the abortion series. "The Journal elected to use the alternative strip because we believed it was more suitable for our comics page audience," says the note to readers.

Interesting side note: the e-edition of the paper, which is supposed to be an exact digital replica of the print edition, includes the alternate, Digital Age strip.


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