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Tank McNamara sacked at Washington Post

Michael Cavna reports that the Washington Post pulled the original Tank McNamara and is running a replacement because the strip insinuates Dick Cheney advising the NFL commissioner to kill Michael Vicks. See original strip on

Post Managing Editor Raju Narisetti says the decision was a no-brainer: The original strips were deemed “inappropriate.” The Post sacked the week’s strips, in which NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell seeks advice on how to handle the reinstatement of former quarterback/convict Vick, who ran a pit-bull ring that resulted in canine deaths; the storyline attempts to satirize issues such as perceptions of racism by the NFL front office and owners.

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#1 Henry Clausner
@ 7:11 am

sipping my coffee::::I’m guessing the strip is now banned for good? has the cartoonist been put in jail also? protests in front of the house?..guess we’ll need a Czar to monitor the strips also.

#2 Andrew Feinstein
@ 3:38 pm

Hi Alan,

On a random side note, I had an editorial published in the Denver Post a few years ago comparing Dick Cheney’s “torture” of birds to Michael Vick’s “torture” of dogs.

#3 Mike Rhode
@ 5:12 pm

My guess is that the Post pulled it for the Dick Cheney satire and not the Vick storyline. They’ve pulled comics for political reasons in the past.

#4 Ben Rankel
@ 7:42 pm

Always sad when a comic that seems to have some teeth gets pulled before it can bite into some people.

#5 Ted Dawson
@ 9:42 am

Apparently the Post was unable to find two sources to corroborate Tank’s veracity.

#6 Woodrow Barlettani
@ 10:39 am

time for dick cheny to stop running the country, as he has since “father Bush”…Micheal Vicks was gambling, sorry about the dogs

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