Tidbits for Political Junkies with Short Attention Spans & Hearty Appetites


Monday, May 10, 2004

Newspaper Solicits Pro-Bush Letters

Via Media Matters, we learn of this little head-spinner.

The editors of a Wisconsin paper, shortly after describing its letters section as a useful way “to take the political and social temperature” of its readership, offer the following lament:
We’ve been getting more letters critical of President Bush than those that support him. We’re not sure why, nor do we want to guess. But in today’s increasingly polarized political environment, we would prefer our offering to put forward a better sense of balance.

“Bewildered” doesn’t even begin to describe my reaction. You’re not sure why? And you don’t even want to guess? And you’re the editor of a goddamned newspaper? Has it occurred to you that the "balance" might be shifting? Sheesh.

There’s more:
If you would like to help us “balance” things out, send us a letter, make a call or punch out an e-mail. Read the handy box at the bottom of the page for more information. We’d love to hear from you.

Somehow, I have a funny feeling they’ll be hearing from a lot of folks. For the record, I’ve already alerted my favorite Bush supporters: Billionaires for Bush, and the inestimable letter-writer General J.C. Christian. If you’d like to contact the paper yourself, you can do so here.


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