I haven’t been following Doonesbury, but I see the error of my ways, for last night, in a comment, reader bric posted a link to today’s strip from The Washington Post. It perfectly sums up PuffHo’s “journalism”:
Maybe I should put “sideboob” in the title of my science posts!
I had no idea that ex-reporter Rick Redfern had fallen so low, but Garry Trudeau’s character description explains (my emphasis):
A reporter’s reporter, Redfern is also a boy’s dad and was, until Dubya took the oath of office, a Washington insider’s husband. The 21st century has not been kind in any of these areas. Joanie retired and Rick was booted from the Post, suddenly finding himself blogging for a living, ever in search of eyeballs and a paycheck. Long baffled and frustrated by his slacker son Jeff’s unearned sense of entitlement, Redfern suffered the indignity of watching him strike bestseller gold as the Facebook folkhero “Red Rascal” and buy a 12-bedroom mansion. Rick is also puzzled by the fact that he is married to a grandmother. He now writes for the Huffington Post.
And then, Googling “Doonesbury Rick writes for HuffPo,” the first hit was a post I did on this very site in September of last year. It’s about Rick unwillingly writing for the site for free, an issue on which Trudeau and I agree.