- Bad Reporter
Infobox Comic strip
caption= Lead panel of the "Bad Reporter" strip.
syndicate=Universal Press Syndicate
genre=Topical humor, satire, current events
September 25, 2003
website= [http://www.amuniversal.com/ups/features/bad_reporter/index.htm UPS website]
Bad Reporter is a semi-weekly
editorial cartoonin comic stripformatthat first appeared in the " San Francisco Chronicle" on September 25, 2003[cite journal | author= Asmussen, Don | title= Bad Reporter | journal= San Francisco Chronicle | year= 2003 | date = September 25, 2003 | volume= | issue= | url= http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2003/09/25/MNASMUSSEN.DTL] .
It typically contains four panels, the first a simple black panel with a
caricatureof creator Don Asmussenand the slogan "The lies behind the truth, and the truth behind those lies that are behind that truth". The remaining three are spoofs ( parodies) of newspaper articles containing a mock-up of a prominent newspaper masthead (such as the Chronicle or the New York Times), a headline, a simulated photograph, and a short text introduction or lead. Images are often obviously doctored file photographs or images from recent newspapers. Often there are humorous sidebars and other graphics.
The strip grew out of an earlier effort for the paper entitled "The San Francisco Comic Strip." Its first topic was the recall of Governor
Gray Davis. It then moved on to cover the 2004 presidential election and events beyond.
left|thumb|145px|Portion_of_[http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2007/01/19/DDASMUSSENBR.DTL January 19, 2007 strip] .] The humor is generally topical and
absurdist, describing one local or national current event in the terms and context of another. The strip often focuses on political scandals in San Francisco, California. For example, a panel from one 2007strip describes a notorious brawl between students at a local Catholic high school and a visiting Yale University a cappella glee clubin terms usually used with respect to the Iraq War(the 2003 United Statesmilitary action in Iraq), with local celebrities the Brown Twins humorously portrayed as " warlords" who want the college singer " occupiers" out "right now." [cite journal | author= Asmussen, Don | title= Bad Reporter | journal= San Francisco Chronicle | year= 2007| date = January 19, 2003 | volume= | issue= | url= http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2007/01/19/DDASMUSSENBR.DTL]
The strip is syndicated by
Universal Press Syndicate.
* [http://www.amuniversal.com/ups/features/bad_reporter/index.htm Official United Press Syndicate website]
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