'Save Judge Parker' Sentiment Unfurled in Force
After more than 125 comments and 600 votes on this blog, two things are abundantly clear about The Post's decision to drop five print comics at month's end:
1. A fair number of readers are more than a little miffed.
2. Many of those want to save their beloved "Judge Parker."
To get a flavor of the heated passion of some of the e-mails and comments to The Post, here's a sampling of the wonderfully spirited rhetoric. Strung all together, these dozens of excerpts become especially compelling, in a cumulative-force kind of way:
"HAVE YOU PEOPLE COMPLETELY LOST YOUR FREAKING MINDS?????"... "I have faithfully followed Judge Parker in the paper for 20+ years and now that you have decided to take it out, I think it is an injustice. Please don't do this" ... "Please tell whomever made this decision that it is pathetic and inane. ... "
"DEATH TO MARK TRAIL!" ... "Keep your hands off Zippy!" ... "I plan on rallying and complaining being one of the last Post subscribers in the world apparently. ...
Why Pooch Cafe in stead of the tripe that is Prickly City? ..."
"DEATH TO FAMILY CIRCUS!!!!!" ... "This is a big mistake. ... Piranha Club?? NOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!" ... "This is STUPID. Please say it ain't so. ... "
"KEEP JUDGE PARKER IN THE POST!!!!" ... "I hope you come to your senses." ... "And the editors wonder by subscriptions to the printed paper is way down!!!!!"
"If you're just reducing the comic page you will be losing this subscriber, because I am tired of watching a once great paper become a second rate bird cage liner." ... "When you have Congress, Marion Berry[sic], the DC Government, PG police and anything on TV who needs the comics? You need where to get cheap booze! ... "
"Please. Somebody needs to put the Family Circus out of its misery. I hate it so much... SO MUCH!!! Every morning, when I see that single dismal little frame staring at me from the corner of the page, I die a little." ... "Enough is enough -- bye bye subscription to the 'Leaflet.' "
"Dear Post Comics Editor: Your proctologist called. They found your head. Along with Classic peanuts... Sherman's Lagoon, Hagar the Horrible, and Garfield." ... "Good luck Washington Post. You're gonna need all the luck you can get to survive not only the terrible business environment, but also your own incompetent management."
"What the *&@# is your comics editor thinking? I'm not going to address the ones chosen for the axe, but for crying out loud, why would ANY of them be cut while keeping reruns - RERUNS- of fracking Peanuts?" ... "Of all the stupid ideas (to drop "little dog lost,") this one should be enshrined in the stupid museum."
"And as for dropping 'Judge Parker' - HAVE YOU PEOPLE COMPLETELY LOST YOUR FREAKING MINDS?????"
Taken as a whole, the admirable power of all this passion, in fact, could begin to faintly resemble one of my favorite cinematic speeches. Ah yes -- HERE's the kind of gung-ho language that 'Riffs lauds and applauds so heartily -- be it about AIG or a little healthy funnypage demi-rage. (And more seriously: Is this still an uncannily relevant patch of writing by Paddy Chayefsky or what?)
| March 19, 2009; 8:32 AM ET
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