I hear from readers all over America complaining that their local newspapers seem to be nothing more than house organs for the Democrats. You have to wonder if every last daily is being subsidized by George Soros because they all seem to be losing readership and ad revenue at record rates, and yet they persist in reviling half of their potential subscribers.
My wife often wonders why I continue subscribing to the L.A. Times. There used to be three reasons, but that was before I discovered that I could access box scores at MajorLeagueBaseball.com. One, because I kept threatening to cancel my subscription, they finally offered me a rate that comes close to their paying me to take it. Two, it lets me know exactly what lies and propaganda the other side is trumpeting without my having to tune in the likes of Chris Matthews, Bill Maher, Rachel Maddow or Keith Olbermann.
It isn't simply the editorial page and the op-ed page that is devoted, Pravda-like, to heralding the greatness of our glorious leader. It is every single section of the newspaper, including book and movie reviews, business and even the letters to the editor. It was bad enough when, for eight years, one couldn't escape the constant harping on George Bush, but now that Obama is president, all the jeers have turned to cheers.
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I find it very telling that although I wrote a humor column for the Times for 11 years in the days when it took its journalistic responsibilities seriously, I can no longer even get a letter published.
Just recently, I had occasion to write a couple. Although I am not the most ecologically minded person in the world, I do hate to waste perfectly fine letters just because the Times refuses to acknowledge that there are any conservatives in Los Angeles.
In the first case, I was responding to a piece columnist Steve Lopez had written about traveling out to the north end of L.A. County to find out what sort of jackasses liked Glenn Beck. Naturally, he managed to find exactly what he was looking for. In response to his column, which was headlined "Looking for Common Ground in Glenn Beck Country," I wrote: "After reading Steve Lopez's not very subtle attack on Glenn Beck, it occurred to me that Beck's combined radio and TV audience is probably in the range of 5 or 6 million, which is several times larger than the circulation of the Times. Still, I am willing to wager that if I drove out to Santa Clarita or any other community in Southern California, I could find many more numbskulls who read the Times than tune into Beck. Attempting to demean Mr. Beck, who is far less partisan and far more fact-based than your newspaper, by holding up a few of his fans to ridicule neither makes Lopez's case nor burnishes your own tarnished image."
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In the second instance, I responded to a news story headlined "Obama Aide Quits, Slams Critics." I wrote: "It is quite obvious why an avowed radical community organizer like Van Jones would be appointed a czar in the Obama administration. That comes under the heading of birds of a feather. However, inasmuch as Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck and WorldNetDaily's Joseph Farah have been reporting about this guy for a long time now, the question is why the Times never even got around to mentioning Jones until the day after he walked the plank. You have to admire the gall of Mr. Jones, though. Not everyone would refer to a number of videos in which he declared himself a communist; as a man who not only despises all Republicans, but believes that white people 'steer poison into communities of color'; accused the Bush administration of plotting the tragic events of 9/11; and quite proudly announced his intention to radically transform America, as 'lies, distortions … and a smear campaign.'
"By the way, in case it, too, has escaped your attention, Jeff Jones, who co-founded the terrorist group the Weather Underground with none other than Bill Ayers, the fellow presidential candidate Barack Obama could barely recall ever having met, is currently a close adviser to President Obama. Sincerely, Burt Prelutsky"