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Bush's Pet Name for Rove Leads to Doonesbury Censorship

by TChris

Editors who don't share Garry Trudeau's sense of humor have, from time to time, edited or refused to run Doonesbury strips they find offensive. It's happening again, and the controversy centers around Karl Rove.

In the strip, Bush and an aide are lamenting the problems the administration has had over allegations that Rove leaked the name of a CIA officer to reporters.

Bush says, "Karl's sure been earnin' his nickname lately."

The unnamed aide says, "Boy Genius? I'm not so sure sir ..."

Bush then says, "Hey Turd Blossom! Get in here."

"Turd Blossom," CNN reports, is "one of several nicknames Bush uses for Rove" (clearly the most appropriate), although "mainstream U.S. media have rarely mentioned the nickname." Gee, they slavishly report every other gem the president utters. What's so bad about Doonesbury quoting the president?

Yesterday's strip.

Today's strip.

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  • Re: Bush's Pet Name for Rove Leads to Doonesbury C (none / 0) (#1)
    by Che's Lounge on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:01:40 PM EST
    Calling Webster's! Will Rove's picture be next to the definition from here on in?

    What the heck does that mean, anyway?

    Re: Bush's Pet Name for Rove Leads to Doonesbury C (none / 0) (#3)
    by scarshapedstar on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:01:41 PM EST
    What the hell? That's what Bush calls him. But the Republican war on reality knows no bounds.

    Re: Bush's Pet Name for Rove Leads to Doonesbury C (none / 0) (#4)
    by Johnny on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:01:41 PM EST
    Turd Blossom is what happens when a baby fills it's diaper with good old number 2. Sometimes it takes a shape similar to a flower... Or so my mother-in-law claims.

    Re: Bush's Pet Name for Rove Leads to Doonesbury C (none / 0) (#5)
    by mckimj on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:01:41 PM EST
    The press won't run Doonsberry and they won't print the truth. I do not believe for one minute that we'll leave Iraq soon, that the shuttle is safe enough for astronats,that Robert's nomination was anything but a effort to Get "turd blossom" off of the front page. An "ill- informed" electorate is dangerous to the preservation of democracy.

    Re: Bush's Pet Name for Rove Leads to Doonesbury C (none / 0) (#6)
    by John Mann on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:01:41 PM EST
    What the heck does that mean, anyway?
    It has to do with Mr. Rove's remarkable ability to turn one into the other.

    Re: Bush's Pet Name for Rove Leads to Doonesbury C (none / 0) (#7)
    by Che's Lounge on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:01:41 PM EST
    I thought it was a plant that grew out of a pile of cow manure. Like a mushroom.

    Re: Bush's Pet Name for Rove Leads to Doonesbury C (none / 0) (#8)
    by TKindlon on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:01:41 PM EST
    All the editing needed is one quick blue pencil line through the second word in that nickname, then it's exactly right.

    Re: Bush's Pet Name for Rove Leads to Doonesbury C (none / 0) (#9)
    by TKindlon on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:01:41 PM EST
    Suggested edit: One blue pencil line through the second word in that nickname is just about right...tlk

    Che, shrooms grow out of a cowpie;-) nuthin' to do with rove;-)

    Re: Bush's Pet Name for Rove Leads to Doonesbury C (none / 0) (#11)
    by Che's Lounge on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:01:42 PM EST
    I was being fecetious

    Che, so was I ;-) Dude, shrooms are good thang, rove ain't;-)

    Ahh $hite! I totally missed the best part 'fecetious', LMAO!!!

    Re: Bush's Pet Name for Rove Leads to Doonesbury C (none / 0) (#14)
    by chris on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:01:42 PM EST
    Today's punch line ("Chief Justice Rove") was either stolen from the Daily Show (Rob Cordrey last week), or it's so obvious we all have some reason to fear. Think of Roberts (henchman of the 2000 election) and Ratzinger (John Paul's Rove until now) as precursors.

    Re: Bush's Pet Name for Rove Leads to Doonesbury C (none / 0) (#15)
    by Che's Lounge on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:01:43 PM EST
    Rocker, LOLOS (Laughing out loud on shrooms)

    Re: Bush's Pet Name for Rove Leads to Doonesbury C (none / 0) (#16)
    by peacrevol on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:01:44 PM EST
    come on now, that's just good humor...but is it really news, or an issue?