Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Reader: 'Fox News like newspaper' on its way

Jack: Was just reading the comments you got on the Mosque, etc. Could not agree more with the letter writers.

Take a very critical look around your newspaper. How many true conservatives work on the editorial staff, the paper in general?

Probably zero. How would you feel if the tables were reversed and the editorial staff were made up of Cal Thomas, Walter Williams, Thomas Sowell, Peggy Noonan?

I honestly believe, if we could put together a Fox News like newspaper, the Observer would die in 6 months. How do I know this? Look at Air America against conservative radio shows. Complete bomb. CNN, MSNBC, etc against Fox News. Not even close. Why? Because we are a center/right country and we yearn for the truth and an unbiased news reporting apparatus.

I wrote to Taylor Batten a few months ago. His explanation was, these are the opinion pages. True enough, but you barely print the Consrvative views. Krugman shows up weekly, maybe more often. Walter Williams shows up semi-annually. Don't believe it. Go check.

I know I'm wasting my time because your motto is "All the left wing views we can find to print".

I'm working on getting that unbiased newspaper going and that is not a threat, it's a prmoise, and we'll save you a job, because we'll give all views, yours included.


Anonymous said...

I'd buy that paper every day!

Anonymous said...

The problem is that most of the Fox News followers can't actually read.

Anonymous said...

Let him try. How's that Rhino Times thing working out? Oh yeah. They quit printing years ago.

Anonymous said...

Jack is very much on the point with his comment about how many conservatives work on the editorial staff. The answer is none. Yes, I understand that the editorials are opinion. And I suppose if the liberal viewpoint could be presented without continual nasty bashing of Republicans or suburbanites, and with respectful consideration of their viewpoints, many of us could live with the editorial board as is (we'd complain but at least we'd feel that we were respected). But over the past two years the anti-Republican and anti- suburban sentiment has become stronger and harsher. There really is no community give and take, unless your community happens to be Myers Park, Dilworth, Eastover, uptown, etc, and their large churches (which also just happen to be home to most of the Observer editors). A Rhino Times is no solution to the newspaper here. What would be a solution, I think, is a publisher and editor that recognize the rancor and division the editorial slant of the paper is creating and were willing for the sake of the community to bring in another voice.

Anonymous said...

Dumbest thing I have read at the CO in a long time. Please warn your readers when connecting to an opinion piece by Betts. Conservative is fine; stupid is not.

Anonymous said...

Sorry Betts. I just wrote a comment critical of you; I did not realize you were republishing a reader's letter to you. However, I will say that not every letter you receive is deserving of publication. Just a thought.

Anonymous said...

"The problem is that most of the Fox News followers can't actually read."

Here's a fun fact. In the 2004 election, 22% of John Kerry's voters had attained at least a 4-year college degree. In that same election 35% of George Bush's had. I'm sure the numbers would be a little more skewed in the 2008 election.

Anonymous said...

It's good to see that Jack Bett's writer in has a sense of humor; in implying that Fox News is an "unbiased news reporting apparatus". Good One! And while Air America may have failed, Al Franken, Rachel Maddow, and Thom Hartmann most certainly did not. That network helped launch Maddow's career, as well as Hartmann's, while we all know where Franken is now. When those three left the network, it left a void that was hard to fill.

Anonymous said...

I think prior to Obama running for President, that Fox News was far and away the closest thing to fair and balanced that we have, regarding media coverage in our country.

They adjusted, however, and became extremists and cheerleaders out of necessity. They had to compensate for the decades-long cheerleading done by nearly all other media outlets who bent over backwards and skewed coverage to the left.

Problem is, sooooo many of the media -- ABC, CBS, NBC, etc. -- have been disgustingly biased for so long that they and many in the public don't even realize it.

I remember when Dan Rather got ticked off at criticism of his news judgment and said 'the news is what I say it is.'

Pretty much sums up the arrogant nature of those bringing us the schlock we have to read and listen to every day.

Fox News is far and away the best, in terms of covering what is important to the American people. But I fear they are quickly venturing off course in an attempt to offset the lunacy we've had to hear for so long from mainstream media.

Anonymous said...

I guess Cal Thomas and George Will are figments of my imagination.