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The Leaning Tower of Media

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A Louisville, Kentucky newspaper has lost its lone conservative voice.

John Dyche column rejected by Courier-JournalColumnist John Dyche has resigned as a conservative contributor to the Louisville Courier-Journal, said to be Kentucky’s most influential newspaper, citing the paper’s refusal to publish his most recent opinion piece which suggested imbalanced reporting and apparent liberal bias at the Courier-Journal.

Dyche explained his decision to resign in an interview with The Daily Caller.  He told The Daily Caller he had written columns for the Courier-Journal for 10 years without a single rejection, until last week.  He got the news from the paper’s editorial page editor, Pam Platt, in a voice mail.  Platt explained Dyche’s column would not be published because, “it goes sort of off of what your column is supposed to be.”   To which Dyche replied, “Indeed, your refusal to run this column vividly illustrates the very issues about which I write!”

The newspaper apparently has a history and reputation of being decisively left leaning and has been accused of going after conservative political figures in Kentucky with more vigor and harshness than their liberal counterparts.

Below in bold italics is the full transcript of the rejected column.  It makes you wonder what the Courier-Journal was so afraid of?  It’s hardly a scathing indictment and seems to be more of a suggestion box for a balanced approach to news and editorials.  Considering the plight of newspapers around the country and their dwindling readership, one of them might do well to consider Dyche’s ideas and see how the marketplace responds.

But that would require liberals to put their faith in the free market of ideas and put their ideas in jeopardy.

In an obvious oversight, The Courier-Journal’s new publisher, Wesley Jackson, has not contacted this columnist for suggestions on saving the newspaper from the fate of the New Orleans Times-Picayune (which produces a paper edition only thrice weekly) or worse. Jackson has implemented reforms related to financial viability rather than content, but the latter affects the former. So here, free of charge, are some ideas to promote this publication’s prosperity.

Balanced Opinion Pages. The Courier-Journal opinion pages are stridently liberal. Journalistic jihads against Kentucky’s Republican U. S. Senators, Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, and crusades for gun control and higher taxes, are in full force and frequently fill almost the entire editorial and op-ed pages. Such one-sidedness neither works in the marketplace nor serves the public interest.

Make the current editorial page (i.e., the page on the left) into a “Left Page” and there continue presenting hopelessly liberal columns, cartoons, and letters. Convert the op-ed page (i.e., the page on the right) to a “Right Page” and present conservative/libertarian columns, cartoons, and letters now largely absent from Louisville media. Give each page equal resources, and let the competing philosophies battle it out in the marketplace of ideas. The community would benefit from real, vigorous debate, and subscribers who deserted the paper due to its liberal bias might return.

Disclose Editors’ and Reporters’ Politics. Like the rest of the press, The Courier-Journal claims to play an exalted role in public affairs. But while righteously demanding absolute openness and full disclosure from every other entity and person involved in government, the press does not apply the same standard to itself. Change that by disclosing the party registration and voting choices of all editors and reporters.

Journalists believe that they, unlike mere mortals, can transcend their personal opinions to be basically fair and objective in presenting the news. Perhaps, but readers should be the ones to judge. To do so, they need information about the personal political views of the editors and reporters who decide what gets reported, and how, when, and where it gets reported. If a Courier-Journal editor or reporter is a registered Democrat who has voted twice for Barack Obama and Steve Beshear, advise the readers of that fact and let them make their own evaluation about whether those political preferences are influencing the coverage.

Open Meetings and Records. The Courier-Journal not only demands, but often litigates to ensure, full and open public disclosure of meetings and records of government bodies. It should apply the same standard to itself given the prominent role the press proclaims for itself in the political process. So live stream the meetings of editors and reporters and post the written communications and directives between them regarding assignments, policies, and stories.

Let the public see how and by whom decisions are made as to what to cover, who should cover it, and what headlines, photographs, and placement it receives. For example, the recent confirmation hearing of secretary of defense nominee Chuck Hagel received only two sentences of coverage below the fold on A3 in The Courier-Journal. The paper presented no hint of the bumbling, confused, and altogether incompetent performance by the potential head of the Pentagon.

A three-sentence dispatch about a sacrificial skull mound in Mexico dating to 660 A.D. ran below the dispatch about the Hagel hearing! And a few days later a much longer article entitled “Pentagon to extend benefits to partners” appeared above the fold on A2. Peculiar priorities.

Newspapers indignantly proclaim that their editorial and news departments do not coordinate. Perhaps there is no explicit conspiracy, but the hand-in-glove relationship between such ideological soul mates is undeniable. Opening up the process might not prevent such slanted presentation of news in the service of liberal objectives, but it could deter and expose it.

Publish Value of In-Kind Contributions. The Courier-Journal decries the influence of corporate money in politics and demands better disclosure of political contributions. However, The Courier-Journal, Inc. and Gannett Company, Inc. are corporations that try to influence politics. Presumably their efforts have some value. The newspaper should therefore quantify and report how much its in-kind contributions in the form of editorials, endorsements, etc., would be worth if valued at the rate of comparably-sized advertisements.

Finally. Replace Fort Knox and Jump Start with Mark Trail and Mary Worth in the comics. These soap opera strips are much funnier, albeit unintentionally. And if you do nothing else recommended here, enlarge Peanuts so one can more easily read its often profound social commentary. Good grief!

 

 

Written by DCL

February 18, 2013 at 1:33 pm

Anti-Bullying Campaign Co-Founder is a Bully

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What happens when the editorial director of an alternative news weekly out of Seattle, Washington speaks in front of more than 2000 high school students at a national high school journalism convention?

He turns into a high school student.

But it gets even more ridiculous.

Dan SavageDan Savage is also the co-founder of the anti-bullying It Gets Better Project, but as he falls into his teenage relapse he morphs directly into that class bully we all knew picking on those he doesn’t like.  In this case it happened to be Christians and their “Bible”.

Savage, who was invited to the convention to speak on bullying, and we would hope, denounce it and suggest ways for students to eliminate it, and overcome it, instead took the opportunity to go on a profanity-laced tirade against the Bible (via his interpretation of it’s teachings), and those who follow it.

“We can learn to ignore the bullsh– in the Bible about gay people,” Savage said, “the same way we have learned to ignore the bullsh– about shellfish, about slavery, about dinner, about farming, about menstruation, about virginity, about masturbation. We ignore bullsh– in the Bible about all sorts of things. The Bible is a radically pro-slavery document. Slave owners waved Bibles over their heads in the Civil War and justified it,” Savage preached.

And as one might expect from a crowd of immature 15 to 18 year-old adolescents with little concept of Biblical context or acumen, Savage received a shower of “Duuuude that dude just swore! Sweeeeeeet”, cheers and applause.

But not every student thought the assault on a book of scripture and the thinly veiled knock on those who believe it to be the word of God was appropriate, funny, or worth cheering and applauding.  Dozens of students and their advisers stood and walked out on the speaker.  To which Savage let loose this bullyfied gem, “You can tell the Bible guys in the hall, they can come back now because I’m done beating up the Bible.  It’s funny when someone is on the receiving end of “beatings” that are justified by the Bible, how “pansy-assed” some people react.”

Today Savage joined the long line of leftist elites in the apology parade as he “tried” to convince us that he wasn’t bullying the students and advisers who walked out on him.

“I wasn’t calling the handful of students who left pansies (2,800+ students, most of them Christian, stayed and listened), just the walkout itself,” he said.

“I was not attacking the faith in which I was raised,” he added. “I was attacking the argument that gay people must be discriminated against—and anti-bullying programs that address anti-gay bullying should be blocked (or exceptions should be made for bullying “motivated by faith”)—because it says right there in the Bible that being gay is wrong.”

Here again we have someone on the left defining the argument so as to justify his own bigoted bully pulpit tactics.  I don’t know of a single Bible believing, practicing Christian who thinks it’s OK to bully anyone, period.  That is not what Christ taught nor what the Bible teaches and Savage, the adult, knows it.

Savage, the teenager, however saw an opportunity to become part of the “cool” crowd and with the punch of a few well-timed expletives he succeeded.

His parents must be so proud!

Written by DCL

April 30, 2012 at 8:00 pm

The 99% vs The Tea Party

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There has been a lot of talk in the media recently about the Occupy Wall Street movement being the Liberal answer to the Tea Party movement.  I can’t help but wonder why Liberals would even want to compare themselves to a group the so fondly call Tea Baggers and not so fondly call even fouler things I won’t repeat here.

They say a picture paints a thousand words and in this comparison I’d say more like a million…

Tea Party Protest in Boston

Occupy Wall Street protesters - the look on the faces says a lot

Tea Party Signs

Occupy Wall Street signs

Massive Tea Party Crowds - No Arrests or Violence

Large gathering of 99%ers = more than 700 arrests

So this is what's wrong with America? To be despised and hated?

NOT This...

Or this...

Don't worry about this....

and certainly not this...when ya gotta go, ya gotta go...

Yep, those 99%ers are just like the Tea Party members.  No difference whatsoever.  It’s obvious!

Written by DCL

October 13, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Juan Williams is What’s Right About America

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Juan Williams is an American journalist and political analyst for Fox News Channel. He also writes for several newspapers including The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal and has been published in magazines such as The Atlantic Monthly and Time.

He was a senior news analyst for National Public Radio (NPR) from 1999 until October 2010 when he was fired for sharing his feelings of fear and worry after 9/11 when seeing someone in Muslim dress at an airport.  A move I strongly opposed and felt was completely unwarranted.

Williams has worked as an editorial writer, op-ed columnist, White House correspondent and national correspondent at The Washington Post for 23 years.

Juan Williams is a self-proclaimed Liberal.

And I like Juan Williams.

I rarely agree with Mr. Williams on most political, social, or economic issues, but I have great respect for his opinions because he shows that same respect for mine.   No, I don’t know him nor have I ever met him, but I watch how he interacts with people who share my conservative ideas and beliefs and I see genuineness, openness, and the willingness to consider the other side and look for the points of agreement rather than being so rigid as to ignore any areas where common ground can be reached.

After watching a debate between Williams and any other conservative analyst I always come away with a greater appreciation of his opinions and his way of making them known, regardless of whether I agree.  He drives me crazy most of the time, but that’s probably because I wish he was on my side.

If more people on all sides of the political spectrum had the integrity of Juan Williams we wouldn’t be in the mess we are in with the political and social divide we have today.