Earlier this month the Great Falls Tribune Editorial Board found themselves in some hot water with readers because they ran an editorial cartoon by Gary McCoy about Planned Parenthood and its chief executive. You can see the cartoon HERE.
First of all, it is nice that the Tribune Editorial Board (I might start calling them “The Bored” or “The Boring”) created a little controversy in our sleepy little town of Great Falls, Montana. The weekly “free Barry Beach” letters are making me yawn.
I like it when the contents on the opinion page stir people in the community, but that does not happen enough in most Montana newspapers – they don’t like to make waves.
After the Tribune mentioned that the cartoon stirred some controversy from their readers, I had to go back and see it again to see what it was about. I did not particularly care for it. Some readers thought it was racist and I can see how they might interpret it that way.
Like most people, I wish there were fewer abortions, but abortions are legal. I also understand that abortions are a very small percentage of what Planned Parenthood does. They also provide valuable healthcare for women, men, and young people.
I wasn’t going to write about the cartoon or the Tribune Editorial Board, but yesterday I happened to catch the opinion in Sunday’s Tribune from three fellows who call themselves the “No Teams Team.” Read it HERE.
Yes, this is their real name – however silly it may sound.
According to the Tribune the No Teams column is written by Gregg Smith, David Weissman, and Dave Bertelsen, who are from Great Falls, Montana, USA. I am actually acquainted with all three in varying degrees.
The big news is the “No Teams Team” devoted 550 words to tell us that the cartoon published in the Tribune was not racist. They closed their column with these pearls of wisdom:
Think. Open your mind. Discuss. Debate. Don’t pick a “team” and mindlessly cheer for it.
I think the “No Teams Team” picked a subject they know little about, but we should thank them for playing. The people commenting about the column mostly feel the same way.
As of this morning about 43 people decided to comment about the column from the “No Teams Team.” One of my favorite lines was from a Brooklyn, New York, reader:
“No Teams Team” is an OK name for you guys. “Uninformed, Biased Opinion Team” would be even better and more accurate, but doesn’t roll off the tongue as well.
Someone else left this little jewel (below) in the comments, which is worthy enough to end this column with:
In “Water is Wet” News: White Men Mansplain Racism.