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Is A Liberal Agenda Killing Newspapers?

We all know the economic factors that are assaulting newspaper advertising: loss of classifieds to the internet, etc. But this post about the LATimes — and especially the comments following the post — point to a little-discussed reason for the newspaper industry’s loss of readership. It’s the relentless push for an agenda not shared by a large segment of its community. If, as one commenter puts it, 40% of LA readers are conservative and 20% don’t care, how can a newspaper survive trying to reach only the remaining 40% ? (Use your own estimates to translate those percentages to Dallas).

I bring this up because I had breakfast yesterday with a Dallas civic leader about a project, and he mentioned that the editorial board of the DMN is supportive. I was surprised at my own reaction, and I almost tried to cover it up. But the fact is, I winced. And it dawned on me for the first time while I was sitting there that the DMN’s support may hurt more than it may help.  That was an astonishing revelation to me. I realized then that I share the perception of many in Dallas that the “good” causes that the DMN supports are too often  “liberal” causes, that to DMN editors, reporters, and columnists the words are synonymous. And that’s a reason why I have come to pay less and less attention to what it says.

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  • Bethany

    or commas.

  • beacherbum

    When your perspective is to the far, far right, then anyone to your left (even moderate conservatives) are deemed liberal. Thus, to today’s neocons like Wick, even Nixon and the great Ike, himself, would be “condemned” as libs.

  • Hoya

    The DMN isn’t Liberal or Conservative, it’s “Crunchy”. Now who can’t love “crunchy”, hmmmm?

    George Carlin is laughing at us all.

  • julie

    John Carpenter–if it was you (or any man) who could get pregnant via a broken condom, an ill-fitting diaphragm, date rape, or incest…then the right to abortion on demand would be guaranteed in the Constitution.


    “If by a ‘Liberal’ they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people – their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, and their civil liberties – someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a ‘Liberal,’ then I’m proud to say I’m a Liberal.”
    John F. Kennedy

  • Jonathan Carpenter

    Yes, Abortion is choice people make; but is it the right one? I think women deserve better, and think the DMN should allow viewpoints other than Julies which are straight out of the NARAL Playbook. They do not.

  • Jonathan Carpenter

    I also guess for some of you diversity should be just racial and sexual. I tend to think papers should allow both to heard. Unlike the DMN, which requires strict conformity to NARAL or Planned Parenthood guidelines.

  • julie

    JC, it’s great that you think women deserve better than abortion. However, no one forces any woman to have one. I, like most liberals, would like to see fewer of them. But in the end, it needs to be kept legal and safe. Make no mistake–if outlawed, it’ll still go on. Just with coat hangers instead of surgery equipment. Women definitely deserve better than that, right?

  • alfred

    jc, u need to read julie’s ‘if men’ post over again. It’s not that ‘abortion is a choice some people make’; it’s that the ‘choice’ has for 2000 years been made by mean. … as are the laws, laws that men make to govern women that the men themselves — were they forced to — would not live under.
    but what does this have to do with Wick being a neo-con again?

  • Someone Else

    Way to hijack the thread. Kudos to julie and john carpenter.

  • So there……………..

    Someone Else, my sentiments exactly.

    Meanwhile if anyone wants to know how to not get pregnant, my mother shared about 15 off the top of my hat and all of them have worked for lo these many decades. Abortion was maybe 23…intended as a last resort rather than the prophalactic of 2008 choice.

    Strange to think others were then or now apparently not so hip as my activist role-model career mother who, unlike the armchair feminists today, really worked at making this a world where women had opportunities instead of babies. Or abortions.

  • julie

    So many self-righteous people, so little compassion for the reality of a woman stuck in a bad situation.