Fox News and Sarah Palin are in the crosshairs of liberals like Garry Trudeau, author and artist of the liberal political cartoon Doonesbury. Trudeau is ground zero for liberals; he gets his liberal ideas into print easily, so the masses can read and be enlightened.
Fox News and Sarah Palin are in the crosshairs of liberals like Garry Trudeau, author and artist of the liberal political cartoon Doonesbury. Trudeau is ground zero for liberals; he gets his liberal ideas into print easily, so the masses can read and be enlightened. There seems to be nothing more glorious than bringing parody to liberal perceptions of conservatives, whether true or not. Trudeau mocks Palin and her views mercilessly in one of his latest Doonesbury comic strips, published in newspapers nationwide and on his web site. He also entertains liberal readers with his inept Fox News correspondent, Roland Hedley, a spacey, globetrotting reporter for the cable news network. Trudeau provided readers of The New Yorker with a collection of twitters by Hedley, including dates and times.
In one of Trudeau’s latest strips, Hedley rents a house in Wasilla, Alaska, adjacent to real-life author Joe McGinnis, who rented a house adjacent to the Palins. The Palins claim McGinnis’ is stalking them with his proximity to their home, separated by a 14-foot wall. McGinnis denies this, but is reportedly working on a book titled, “Sarah Palin’s Year of Living Dangerously.” Perhaps they are living dangerously now that McGinnis is next door. In Wasilla, Hedley is dressed in fatigues, ready for this comparative war zone, looking out for his colleague Palin, a Fox News contributor. Back at Fox News news headquarters, the editorial team gets word that Hedley’s house blows up, the result of a gas leak.
Trudeau segues from the newsroom to a bedroom where Palin is caricatured as a Toy Story doll. Palin speaks her mind while her young female owner, Sam, is sleeping. In one panel, Palin wants to refute the mainstream media because of its bias, a common complaint of conservatives like Palin. But for Trudeau, Palin’s complaint is like attempting to upset nature - that which cannot or should not be questioned - the hallowed news rooms of the Washington Post or the New York Times. They have their heads on straight, to be sure. The message from Trudeau: “Stop your silly whining Mrs. Palin. How could someone from the backwoods of Alaska possibly know - or understand - what happens in the hallowed newsrooms of the New York Times?”
For Trudeau, Palin bravely, but stupidly, attempts to stop the march of the liberal way, the Democratic Party, Pres. Obama. She and those like her have no real ideas or solutions. They are left with saying no. Also to be mocked by Trudeau is Palin’s sense of morality: Did Sarah Palin use the word hell? Evidently at least once.
Isn’t she supposed to be better than that, with her unrealistic Christian standards? For Trudeau, Palin is no more to be taken seriously than the cartoon characters in Toy Story - perhaps even less so. She is something of a crazed patriot who sees Sam, her bedroom friend as a tyrant. “Yes, and to get that liberty tree growin’, gotta spill tyrant blood, Mr. potato head.” Mr. Potato Head is one of the characters from the Toy Story movie series.
The Liberty Tree was an elm tree used as a rallying point in opposition to the Stamp Act in Boston before the Revolutionary War. Liberals like Trudeau may see our history of armed conflict, battles necessary to secure freedom as nothing more than a caricature to be used by people like Palin. Or, that there is no freedom other than that deemed necessary by the liberal elite.
Ironically, a group of Loyalists to Great Britain chopped down the tree, leaving a stump. Perhaps this is what Trudeau and other liberals think of freedom - nothing but a stump of the past, unnecessary for our current enlightened thinking. And Palin, with her personal brand of patriotism, is extraneous and dangerous.Palin, as a crazed toy, may even have her young owner die to preserve that freedom - Toy Story style. It’s a good thing Sam’s mom is a liberal, so that she can warn her daughter of the futility of people who talk about concepts like freedom and liberty. The message from mom: Palin has no real intelligence; she can’t, she’s from Alaska. Since she is a conservative, she spits out things that are programmed into her. Therefore, her brain is empty.
Her mom goes on: “Sarah’s a dummy, a shiny plaything, a cipher, a blank, a total nothing . . . not a thought in her head, just a piece of plastic crap.” From a mom, this is pretty harsh stuff.
But the caricature from Trudeau plays well with liberals, as it attempts to dispirit conservatives like Palin with a cheap shot, in an uncivil tone. And it’s coming from one who is “respected.” He’s just saying what many like him are thinking. Liberal news editors and reporters can thank Gary Trudeau for at least saying what they were thinking all along: Sarah Palin should not be influencing mainstream America - she’s too conservative, and she believes in defending unborn human life, not getting rid of it when it is inconvenient. They would hope that by giving her just enough attention to be a toy in the hands of a young girl Palin would get the message. But for someone like Palin, this kind of attention can mean only one thing: liberals are paying attention and they are scared - that someone with values like hers would ever make it into the White House. The problem for Trudeau and others like him, is that Palin has no intension of stopping her message, just as a chopped down an elm tree did not deter the Sons of Liberty.
© 2010 Larry Ingram
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