Gannett corporation purges conservative “Mallard Fillmore” comic strip from its newspapers

by Peter Heck · Mar 4th, 2021 9:02 am

Last Updated Mar 4th, 2021 at 9:40 pm

In what is being called an "unprecedented" move, the left-leaning newspaper corporation Gannett, which owns USA Today and a number of other papers throughout the country, has pulled the popular "Mallard Fillmore" cartoon from its pages.

Bruce Tinsley, who created the strip almost three decades ago, was informed by his syndicate, King Features, that the corporation was canceling him. King Features told Tinsley that they had "never seen anything like it."

"I'm used to this phenomenon, I'm just not used to it coming from the corporate level," Tinsley said. "I still don't know how many. They said it had never happened before. it was all at once and it was a mandate from the corporation, not any individual editors' decisions."

Tinsley was informed by King Features that two cartoons in particular prompted Gannett's decision to expunge the conservative duck from its papers. Both of the offending cartoons poked fun at President Biden's support of transgender participation in women's sports.

🔦 The elimination of the conservative cartoon by Gannett comes just days after Dr. Seuss Enterprises was pressured to pull six of the beloved children's author's books, and weeks after the entertainment giant Disney fired actress Gina Carano for her conservative political views.


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