regarding your comments on Matt Stone and Trey Parker, "(But even they, on occasion overreach—by, say, attempting to depict the prophet Muhammad in an episode, thereby subjecting employees at their network to legitimate threats of violence.)"
This is like telling a gay person they should have expected to get beaten up because they overreached by walking into a hard-core biker bar.
There's more to this un-funny comic strip than just un-funnyness. The deeper issue is that any reader viewing it that day who has a hatred of gays suddenly had his feelings validated by what perceives to be a legitimate news source. Should the Wildcat have a disclaimer on the front page to indicating, "These are student created articles and content and, since there is no oversight by any 'real journalists' you shouldn't take anything you read in here seriously".
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