Miles From Fenway


A Slow News Day
May 21, 2005, 5:10 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

There have GOT to be more important things happening in the world. Bob Lobel suing the cartoonist responsible for the Get Fuzzy cartoon that I mentioned here (yes the cartoon is there if you’d like to see it again) can’t be so big that people are scouring the internet for any news about it they can get. Can it?

Apparently it can.

Site meter reports that hits on my tiny little blog here have doubled since I posted the cartoon and BREIF commentary. Most of the searches were from Google and all of them included the words Bob Lobel and Get Fuzzy. Some variations included the words sued, cartoon, etc. But you get the idea.

I am sure no one actually read what I wrote and I am sure that most people were sorely disappointed when they were directed here in the first place, but I must admit I was intrigued. So I went to Google and I did a search. And wow was it a good day to be AP journalist Jay Lindsay!

The story titled “Boston Sportscaster Sues Cartoonist” was published in over 38 newspapers across the country, and even a few overseas. This is of course not counting the immense amount of press this is getting in the Boston media and this was with only the most basic search of Google News.

Now here’s my question. Don’t we all have better stuff to focus on? I’ll be the first to admit that this is not a hard hitting blog that I have created, but I’m not the media. I am a twenty-four year old woman who needed a space to vent her thoughts on various issues, mainly what the Red Sox should be doing about all the runners they’re leaving in scoring position.

And what makes the whole thing all the more comical to me, is that I don’t see how all this press is going to help Bob Lobel’s image. The comic strip was a joke. That’s what comic strips are supposed to be. You don’t see the President suing the cartoonists behind Doonesbury every other week, do you?

Lobel HAS to lighten up. I stand by what I said in my first post on the issue, you’ve got to think to yourself that maybe, just maybe, you’re taking life a bit too seriously when a fictional talking dog is causing you to become litigious.

But regardless of one Boston sports writer suing a cartoonist and the papers that did not edit his name out of the printed product, doesn’t the national and international media have something more important to talk about? Yes, I know, it was a short piece. And of course the BOSTON papers are going to make a big deal out of it because by God if this cowboy of an artist is going to make fun of one member of the Boston sports media they could be next! But still. There are wars going on. There are games to cover. I am sure there’s a baby somewhere that fell down a well.

Which leads me to only one conclusion. It’s been a VERY slow news day in most of the country.

Signing off from RI,
FINY

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