Thanks to a “production error,” the Providence Journal ended up giving us an explanation for why it didn’t run Garry Trudeau’s Doonesbury cartoon that deals with the Texas abortion law.
This item was in today’s Corrections:
“The distributor of Doonesbury this week offered to newspapers nationwide a choice of two comic story lines. The creator, Garry Trudeau, had drawn a weeklong series of comics focusing on the abortion debate in Texas. Upon review, The Journal elected to use the alternative strip because we believed it was more suitable for our comics page audience. The alternative appeared Monday through Wednesday. Because of a production error, Thursday’s comics page carries the strip that focuses on the Texas debate. The alternative strip will resume in Friday’s Journal.”
Not sure why they couldn’t have told me that when I asked on Monday, but here’s my original story on the controversial comic, and the way I was treated by two editors there when I called for comment.