Doonesbury Cartoons on Frank Sinatra

The Times has received 221 letters commenting on its decision not to print all of Garry Trudeau’s Doon e sbury strips on Frank Sinatra; 206 criticized The Times’ decision and/or praised Trudeau; 15 criticized Trudeau and/or praised Sinatra.

I was totally disgusted when Ronald Reagan made a mockery of our civilian decoration by giving it to Frank Sinatra. Thank God he didn’t compare him to Mother Theresa.

Now once again I am disgusted at your paper’s lack of guts for not publishing the Doonesbury cartoons on the subject.



San Diego

Editor’s Note: The Times risks lawsuits again and again because taking the risk is often the only way to get important information to its readers. Most of the Sinatra panels were withheld, not because of fear of litigation but because the newspaper was strongly advised by its lawyers that they would have substantial problems defending in court any libel suit that might have been filed.