Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for July 17, 2020


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    BE THIS GUY Premium Member 9 months ago

    … and oatmeal cookies.

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    Sherlock Watson  9 months ago

    We could always go back to having town criers.

    “Hear ye, hear ye… Item the first: The Orange Clown in the White House hath said something stupid again…”

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    Concretionist  9 months ago

    Oh Pig. Just google it and watch a 15 second segment on Pinterest or something.

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    sergioandrade Premium Member 9 months ago

    Don’t the elves also make shoes.

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    Guilty Bystander  9 months ago

    C’est la vie. The internet is to newspapers what the automobile was to village blacksmiths.

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    Wilde Bill  9 months ago

    If something happened to the mayor, Rat probably had something to do with it.

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    Caldonia  9 months ago

    Now there’s less old trash in people’s bins. Boo hoo!

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    Liverlips McCracken Premium Member 9 months ago

    Investigative journalism is vital to a working democracy. That’s why I subscribe. If you want it to survive, you have to be willing to pay for it.

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    Johnny Q Premium Member 9 months ago

    And without subscribers, they couldn’t attract the advertisers who provide 2/3 of their revenue!

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    Notaspy  9 months ago

    If the news company never went online, that’s on them.

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    hariseldon59  9 months ago

    These days print versions seem like such a waste of paper. I’ll gladly pay the same money to read it online. Just to avoid all that recycling.

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    Denver Reader Premium Member 9 months ago

    Many have already sold to hedge funds who have no intention of continuing to print a paper, irrespective of subscribers.

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    TampaFanatic1  9 months ago

    When I was a kid back in the ’70s the Tampa area had the Tampa Times (PM) Tampa Tribune (AM), the St Pete Times (AM) and the St Pete Daily Evening-Independent (PM) and the tri-lingual La Gaceta (English/Spanish/Italian) plus you could get copies of the Orlando Sentinal and Miami Herald from numerous sources. Now it is down to the Tampa Bay Times which is the old St Pete Times since the Trib folded a few days ago and the La Gaceta is a weekly and the ****ing USA Today if you qualify that as journalism. The old man was a 2 newspaper a day guy, read his morning Trib with breakfast and picked up one of the PM papers on the way home from work. I try to buy a Times from time to time and I have subscribed on-line but I fear it might be just a matter of time before thi area has zero local print media coverage. I know technology has forced the powers that be to consolidate the media via mergers and the bottom line forced other papers underwater but what is sad that many people from my Gen-ex generation along with the slightly older boomers who dove into a print journalism career in the ’70s, ’80s and early ’90s suddenly found themselves marginalized and competing with the younger techno-savvy kids for a piece of the internet pie. I think Doonesbury did an arc of that same situation with Mike Doonesbury though he got run from the print advertising field……. The times they are a changing……..

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    rdav1248961 Premium Member 9 months ago

    When I saw the first panel, I thought the reason there was no paper was because people were now using it as toilet paper.

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    Troglodyte  9 months ago

    It’s a mayor conspiracy, Pig! They’re trying to paper over the facts. If I were you, I’d be sheeting…

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    EllisAmirRogersArcher  9 months ago

    At least it helps the environment and saves trees.

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    Breadboard  9 months ago

    Pig take 2 of your Debbie Downer pills and call Stephan in the morning ! … Croc Power !

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  18. Whatever  9 months ago

    I’m gonna miss the comics page. Where am I to read them now?

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    jel354  9 months ago

    Goat actually indulged one of Pig’s naive beliefs?

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    wrd2255  9 months ago

    McClatchy (Miami Herald) is about to be bought by a hedge fund, which usually doesn’t bode well.

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    wilhemenacooker  9 months ago

    perhaps is was the loss of real journalism and hard news? you know, the 5 Ws and H, along with the inverted pyramid and editorialization relegated to the op-ed page?

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    iggyman  9 months ago

    I buy subscribe to the paper every day for the funnies, actually and some of the local news. The wire services and the major papers lost their objectivity, which I was taught was the most important thing!

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    tripwire45  9 months ago

    People still read newspapers?

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    Markov Da Robot  9 months ago

    Well, people DO still subscribe. Just online.

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    Zebrastripes  9 months ago

    Oy! Pig is in LaLa land just about on every subject…oink

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    Ignatz Premium Member 9 months ago

    I hate to sound like a killjoy, but printed newspapers have astronomical costs, and no real advantage over a website. There are a FEW advantages, but also many disadvantages. Maybe they should have a print edition that’s subscription only, for those who want it. Instead of printing and distributing a million copies of the New York Times every single day.

    Newspapers should go online and develop a strong local section. The one thing I have a hard time finding online is what’s going on in my own town, and my own neighborhood. And have an advertising SECTION, like a newspaper. A place where people go when they WANT to see ads. Companies pay MORE for those, since they self-target.

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    SkyFisher  9 months ago

    No newspaper!? How will we get our comics!…oh…wait…

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    cunningpal  9 months ago

    Goat’s line could be: “The Big Elf in the White House tells us everything we need to know.”

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    diskus Premium Member 9 months ago

    Too much news these days, and you can pick and choose which you want, whether its true or not

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    diskus Premium Member 9 months ago

    Btw didnt miss Rat in all this. Maybe Guard Duck can fill in for a while!

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    Whatcouldgowrong  9 months ago

    “. . . were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter” From the letters of Thomas Jefferson

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    jc17  9 months ago

    Part of the problems of the old newspaper industry is that most of the management never quite understood that people didn’t buy newspapers because they wanted the paper. There’s a similar problem with many of the major online sources, but it’s hard to find such a succinct (or funny) way of describing it. You can see the symptoms whenever what you’re reading suddenly gets covered by a popup, which can often only be “fixed” by killing the browser and starting over (but first adding the site to your “avoid” list).

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    Mary Ellen  9 months ago

    The venture capitalists that own our local newspaper just decided that it wasn’t making enough money for them, so it’s gone. No local news here at all anymore.

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    tsk5565  9 months ago

    Which is why I sit down every morning and read 3 dozen comics off the web – don’t need papers anymore

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    Spacetech  9 months ago

    Here I was only buying the paper for the comics.

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    Al Nala  9 months ago

    And some of the papers…lie to you.

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    enigmamz  9 months ago

    And Girl Scout cookie rip-offs…

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    ocarol7 Premium Member 9 months ago

    Well, the news of Our mayor is that some wackos…er, i mean citizens…. are attempting a recall because she had the audacity to mandate face coverings as the covid rates rise astronomically here…. How DARE she try to keep us healthy, she’s got to go! Of course, as the first ever female mayor, taking ‘orders’ from a woman may have played into their ire- But then again, when you’re stuck in the terrible twos, it’s important to let Everyone know that ‘you’re not the boss of me!’

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    Another Take  9 months ago

    150 people so far liked this?

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    Solaricious Premium Member 9 months ago

    Don’t make me sad, Steph. I work in the newsroom a local newspaper…(actually, your local paper)

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    Sisyphos  9 months ago

    The Magic Elves do toys and, luckily, online comic sites…. —With a little help from those Obnoxious Advertisers….

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    marilynnbyerly  9 months ago

    My paper didn’t come again, today. Sigh. My house is an outlier in the paper route, and the local paper can’t get consistent people to deliver so I’m forgotten 2-3 days a week. Fortunately, I can read it online.

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    Otis Rufus Driftwood  9 months ago

    Newspapers are online you know. Saves trees, though ad revenues may not be as good.

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    Happy Cat Premium Member 9 months ago

    We still get the paper and read it. They have some excellent writers and have done some very good in-depth investigative pieces. I’m with Thomas Jefferson on this one. Plus, after working all day on a computer, it is nice to sit down in a comfy chair with print.

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    DCBakerEsq  9 months ago

    My last real newspaper was the WSJ, but we went online only beginning in 2018.

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    Cathryn Pindzola  9 months ago

    Just a general question- who/what is that fluffy white character by Steph’s head in the lead cartoon sketch?

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