Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for July 28, 2019


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    BE THIS GUY Premium Member 4 months ago

    You don’t have to pay the guy on Twitter.

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    alaskajohn1  4 months ago

    That’s WHY I stay off social media.

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    Rod Gonzalez  4 months ago

    Somebody should beat up Rat.

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    Packratjohn Premium Member 4 months ago

    On my planet, a suspect who initially denies guilt and is later found or pleads guilty, must reimburse any and all agencies which spent time and money proving the case. If he pleads up front, no charge. In other words, don’t waste our time if you’re guilty…

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    BE THIS GUY Premium Member 4 months ago

    This is investigative journalism:


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    Nachikethass  4 months ago

    “Hold a mirror up…”

    Pastis is brutal!

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    Jesy Bertz  4 months ago

    This is why it should be called “Antisocial Media”.

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    dwane.scoty1  4 months ago

    Ratogram: The latest in Prejudgement Du Jour!

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    EcurbYkspohs  4 months ago

    Reporting is only as good as the facts that are reported, some facts get left out at times ;-) ……. Croc Power !

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    Ksandler4570  4 months ago

    In other words, Steph is admitting how crazy his liberal party is with their whole guilty before proven innocent thing. Nice.

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    wllilly1960  4 months ago

    …FAKE NEWS!.Stephan’s an enemy of the pimp, uh, people!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    matthew  4 months ago

    The 24/7 news cycle has killed investigative reporting. Independent sources on social media are trying to bring it back. The spawn of the 24/7 news cycle are doing everything in their power to demonize and demonitize their unwanted independent competition.

    This is our surreality in 2019.

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    Tue Elung-Jensen  4 months ago

    Yes, but that is social media. In the other case the politician would just say “it wasnt me” and leave.

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    Masterskrain Premium Member 4 months ago

    Sadly accurate. That rumbling sound you hear emanating from various points around the country is the sound of Edward R. Murrow, Walter Cronkite, Chet Huntley and David Brinkley rapidly rotating in their Sepulchers…

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    Bigger than Stuttgart  4 months ago

    Too bad only Project Veritas does this sort of investigative journalism these days. Of course, ABCNNBCBS call them ‘fake news’. The Left just can’t handle the burning light of truth.

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    tripwire45  4 months ago

    Exactly! Journalism is dead.

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    Zebrastripes  4 months ago

    Media doesn’t always report ALL the news….they’re political correctness is shielding we the people from potential harm…which has already begun….

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    Pickled Pete  4 months ago

    All the President’s Men, (1976 film), demonstrated investigative journalism at its finest.

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    Michael Snellings Premium Member 4 months ago

    I’m liking this new trend. Which actually was an old trend. Instead of choosing political sides. Make fun of everybody. It’s the Comic Guys Way.

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    DonnaSimmons  4 months ago

    Honestly tho, at this point the legacy media is just as bad, if not worse, than social media.

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    Agapostemon  4 months ago

    Support your local paper.

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    rudym300  4 months ago

    The only problem with this is the strip says journalists actually investigate and reinvestigate. Much of the press is like Twitter on steroids.

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    aerotica69  4 months ago

    Which reminds me, I need to start looking for the rock I’m going to live under when I retire. I’m thinking somewhere in upstate Vermont. It’s real there.

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    bbbmorrell  4 months ago

    The real end to the reporter sequence is that the politician would say, what? that’s old (fake) news and do something else that occupies the reporters time for a while.

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    grocks  4 months ago

    Sad but true

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    car2ner  4 months ago

    Yellow journalism has existed since the first page of news came out. Before that there was gossip, We still gossip but now we do it at the speed of light. It is up to us to avoid falling for gossip.

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    Gent  4 months ago

    No, Pastis. You’re wrong. Journalists are a bunch of biased propaganda pushers. Armed with facts my foot. They’re always armed with half truths and blatantly biased propaganda with selectively selected news stories. Most of em are like that, if not all, that is.

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    Snoots  4 months ago

    At one time news wasn’t worth the paper it was printed on. Then we eliminated the paper.

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    Reader  4 months ago

    The lack of ANY great journalism today makes it look like the journalism of yesteryear consisted of the few greats, rather than the mostly mediocre slanted circus that is was.

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    Squoop  4 months ago

    “I deny everything” sounds about as believable as “the check’s in the mail” and “dog ate my homework”.

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    hariseldon59  4 months ago

    Panel 8: Leonardo DiCaprio in ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’.

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    Brain Pudding Premium Member 4 months ago

    Sad but true. Mob rule prevails.

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    DCBakerEsq  4 months ago

    I’ve seen GoComics work in a similar fashion …

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    COL Crash  4 months ago

    It shouldn’t take years to prove the obvious.

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    Holden Awn  4 months ago

    Makes me nostalgic for the times when there was such a thing as “good investigative reporting”.

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    Yorkgirl41  4 months ago

    In my opinion, Stephan hit the nail on the head. Years ago I took a journalism class and learned the rules for good reporting. (That’s when History, Social Studies and Geometry were taught! AND prior to FB.) Newspaper reporters (journalists) researched facts before they approached the editor with a story. Today it seems to be who gets the story first, gets the publicity, whether the story is true or not. Now, even with proof of falsehoods, they are reluctant to print an apology or correction. Social media acts as judge, jury and executioner (killing reputations) without regard to facts or truth.

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    VICTOR PROULX  4 months ago

    Google HR 1837 and find out what American “journalism” has to tell you

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    gladimadad  4 months ago

    Unfortunately there is not much difference between the two these days. When was the last time you saw an honest attempt to tell both sides of an issue in the MSM?

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    whiteaj  4 months ago

    “Good investigative reporting:” Nowadays, an extinct concept.

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    William A Short Premium Member 4 months ago

    All right is 2 words.

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    BillS50  4 months ago

    How the heck did this become about Trump? Is everything about Trump? If so, I guess he’ll be pleased.

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    Solaricious Premium Member 4 months ago

    Stephan, you’ll be a hero in newsrooms everywhere! (But can we still have flamethrowers?)

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    Eric S   4 months ago

    hmm is it #metoo or #notme?

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    Hapthorn  4 months ago

    There’s a mistake in the second to last panel. The internet never says sorry.

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    ravenoverthegreen  4 months ago

    Most journalism now doesn’t investigate. “I didn’t do it.” Headline: He didn’t do it.

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    mjb515  4 months ago

    But reporters were a primary content creators of social media, There certainly is no clear distinction between the two.

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    LesliePiper1  4 months ago

    Why do Twunt voters love to play all the parts in a ‘courtroom’ drama? When accepting of bad behavior, they play judge, forgive themselves and doom the innocent; they play attorney and yell charges; they demand punishment,which theyhave assigned.

    Just criminals waiting opportunity, they are.

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    zeexenon  4 months ago

    How good investigative reporting worked before the ’90s.

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    OldManMontgomery  4 months ago

    You have that reversed, Bilan. That is the technique used ON the President.

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    pchemcat  4 months ago

    Sounds like the way all of the media works, not just social media. Journalism is dead, long live sensationalism.

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    Concretionist  4 months ago

    And editors, we really really need editors. Way back in the antediluvian ages when there was email but no internet there were discussion groups. Two kinds: One was “moderated” by a few folks who volunteered their time to make sure that every message met the standards of the group. That kind was extremely useful to me in my work. The un moderated ones were a lot of fun if you wanted to watch flame wars, but the information density approached zero.

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    Guilty Bystander  4 months ago

    Sadly, journalism works more like social media these days. “Good investigative reporting” has become an oxymoron.

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    eddi_tbh  4 months ago

    We are getting to news cycles measured in nanoseconds. To misquote somebody, everybody will get their five minutes of infamy.

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    Sisyphos  4 months ago

    Cartoon-Boy’s fantasy journalism no longer exists in the real world. On the other hand, the Insta-Judgment of social media is pretty much real.

    So, which is worse? We are the losers either way….

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    JasonBall  4 months ago

    I love how Pastis has both comics that roast the radical right, and comics that roast the radical left. Anyone ever offended by him should remember that fact.

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    Glammerocity  4 months ago

    There were Democrat analysts and academics who questioned the effectiveness of Cambridge Analytica. There’s an irony in it becoming such a popular belief via social media. Analysts from both sides said the OCEAN analytics weren’t nearly as useful as good old “how did they vote previously” tried and tested methods. It could be said, perhaps in a social media meme, that a bunch of Internet scammers took nearly 6 big ones from Trump’s campaign funds for a couple of tins of tartan paint.

    FTR, I’m on the left and don’t have a Facebook account.

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    Phil (full phname Philip Philop)  3 months ago

    Newspapers being honest?

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