IN JANUARY, when I wrote about a publisher’s creative team-up involving Wounded Warrior Project, I immediately heard from some readers who questioned the nonprofit’s financial doings, just hours before the New York Times ran a story about the organization’s alleged lavish spending.
And one cartoonist who certainly seems to have his drawing hand on the pulse of this ongoing story is “Doonesbury” creator Garry Trudeau, who so passionately writes military story-lines within his Pulitzer-winning strip, and visits military hospitals, and travels to Iraq and Afghanistan to talk with the troops on the front lines. Then again, I ‘d expect nothing less from Trudeau’s timing; in 2004, when he was a Pulitzer finalist, the judges cited “cartoons that were often ahead of the headlines.”
So it resonated like a usual stroke of deftness when on March 6, Trudeau poignantly satirized the WWP scandal by invoking the tropes of fundraising commercials that appeal to our humanity and patriotism and true gratitude. In the Sunday strip, CEO “Steve” and other top WWP executives “suffer from the invisible wounds of scandal.”
By last week, back in real life, it was being reported that the WWP board had fired “CEO Steven Nardizzi and COO Al Giordano.”
So how does Trudeau himself view the perfect timing of that Sunday strip?
“Sometimes I get lucky,” Trudeau tells The Post’s Comic Riffs, before immediately adding: “But not all the time. Check out the upcoming strip for March 27, and you’ll see what I mean.
“It’s not predicated on [Marco] Rubio still being in the race,” the cartoonist says of the Republican presidential candidate, “but I guessed he would be.”