Washington Post Reverses Itself On Doonesbury Strip That Poked Fun At Paper

04/01/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • RICHARD PÉREZ nytimes.com

Some mistakes are so harmless that nobody is going to insist on noting or fixing them. But The Washington Post decided last week that when your ability to poke fun at yourself is in question, it's best to say a public "oops" and correct the error.

The comic strip Doonesbury, by Garry Trudeau, follows a single story line through each week, and last week's was a rerun of a series from 2008 about buyouts at The Post -- a potentially sore subject in a newsroom that eliminated more than 100 jobs that way last year. The series of strips had the character Rick Redfern, a reporter, being forced out after 33 years with the newspaper.

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