July 03, 2004


Wasn’t Salon supposed to be an alternative to mainstream media?

Dear Salon reader:

As the country celebrates its independence, Salon is celebrating our own, by joining forces with another great voice of independence, the Guardian. Starting on Wednesday, July 7, look for special Guardian stories each day in Salon.

Many American readers have come to appreciate the rigorous integrity of the Guardian's reporting on the war in Iraq and the Bush administration ...

They’ll sure appreciate the rigorous integrity of Steve Bell’s cartoons. Send Steve a note; welcome him aboard.

(Via Jim Treacher and Wardytron)

Posted by Tim Blair at July 3, 2004 04:38 PM

That's only slightly less bad than "Saddam and Osama: Together Again!"

Posted by: Aaron at July 3, 2004 at 05:05 PM

And how is merging resources "independance"? Wouldn't this be "Dependance Day"?

Posted by: Aaron at July 3, 2004 at 05:06 PM

Steve Bell makes Michael Leunig seem Conservative!

Posted by: Richard at July 3, 2004 at 05:22 PM

They're celebrating their independence from paying customers.

Posted by: Jim Treacher at July 3, 2004 at 05:41 PM

"Many American readers have come to appreciate the rigorous integrity of the Guardian's reporting..."

Wow, now that is a phase I'd have bet money I'd never have seen in my lifetime...

Posted by: Harry Tuttle at July 3, 2004 at 05:48 PM

I first became aware of Steve Bell when he illustrated the liner notes for The Clash album "Sandinista".

I liked his style then but I'm appalled at how truly vicious and mean spirited his work has become over the last 20 years.

He's like Ted Rall if Rall could actually draw.

Posted by: JDB at July 3, 2004 at 06:10 PM

Isn't this "Blair's Law" all the stupidities merging together into one amorphous Moore-like blob of stupidity?

Posted by: Quentin George at July 3, 2004 at 06:57 PM

That email address seems a likely spot to put my new found "deuce" picture to good use.

Posted by: Papertiger at July 3, 2004 at 08:13 PM

I stopped being surprised after Salon got in bed with MoveOn and dryhumped on top of the sheets for all the world to see.

Let them play footsies. It means that their audience is shrivelling to the point that they've got to share their wacko readers instead of expanding towards the center.

Posted by: Sortelli at July 3, 2004 at 10:37 PM

Yea, when I want honest reporting I always think of the Guardian.


Posted by: Chris Josephson at July 3, 2004 at 11:08 PM

Oh the irony.

"As the country celebrates its independence..."

Jeez, and I thought the institutions Americans celebrated their independence FROM were British.

So Salon is saying is saying that, on Indenpendence Day, they will celebrate becoming the mouth-organ of a British newspaper.

What a bunch of dumb-asses.

Posted by: David Crawford at July 4, 2004 at 03:14 AM

To think I actually enjoyed reading Salon in the late 90s...

Posted by: PW at July 4, 2004 at 04:03 AM

Not only does Steve Bell scribble and scrawl sad little cartoons, he has very bad manners. I wrote him a nice note after seeing his depiction of Bush as a pig-monkey, and he never wrote back. Perhaps he was too busy studying Saudi schoolbooks about the Joos.

Posted by: c at July 4, 2004 at 05:44 AM

Don't know if it's still true, but the Guardian's proofreading used to be so bad the it was known as the Grauniad. That always cracked me up.

Posted by: PapayaSF at July 5, 2004 at 05:34 AM