Could it be? A newspaper comic strip from the political Right? A welcome counter to the Bush-bashing, coastal-elite Doonesbury? Be still my heart.
The comic strip Dilbert delightfully skewers 21st Century bureaucratic America, Silicon Valley and every I.T. shop. It’s staged in the world of cubicles and pointless meetings; populated by inept bosses, worthless consultants, and a socially inept info-tech engineer whose own dog disrespects him. Dilbert does daily in print what Office Space (“Did you get the memo?) did on the big screen and Steve Carrell’s Office did in the TV series. With one big difference emerging this week.
Wednesday in the Wisconsin State Journal, the syndicated strip began a story line in which The Pointy-Haired Boss informs Dilbert of unsubstantiated allegations that our hero colluded with their Elbonian competitors. (The entirety of Elbonia lies six inches under water.)
In the interests of fair usage, we reprint only two panels of Wednesday’s (6-21-17) installment. (Dilbert is on line.)
Today’s installment reveals that a thorough tossing of Dilbert’s electronic paper trail reveals no collusion “But there are many other crimes he might have committed,” the bespectacled Dogbert announces. “You should pay me to investigate them.”
The parallels with the obsessive inquiry into the Trump administration’s supposed canoodling with Vladimir Putin is unmistakable. (The preceding is what we call in the journalism game the “nut graph.”)
Dilbert’s creator, Scott Adams, is a respected social observer; his essays are published in Wall Street Journal and elsewhere; he has written several books (including The Dilbert Principle). He is also a Trump supporter.
Adams praises Trump’s communication skills and predicted he would be elected president. He nonetheless endorsed Hillary Clinton and in July 2016 advised readers of his blog:
I endorsed Hillary Clinton for my personal safety because I live in California. It isn’t safe to be viewed as a Trump supporter where I live. My politics don’t align with either candidate, but backing Clinton reduces my odds of dying at the hands of my fellow citizens. (And yes, I am 100% serious. It just happens to be funny by coincidence.)
By late September, according to the Wikipedia entry (I’m not proud) he had switched allegiance and endorsed Trump.
Now we’ll see how many newspapers drop Dilbert and how many more of our liberal-progressive-socialist First Amendment bashers, having been mortally offended by this white male oppressor, demand they do so.
In February 2017, Adams stopped donating to his alma mater, UC Berkeley, after the violence which erupted against Milo Yiannopoulos and student Trump supporters. — Wikipedia.