Ah, the liberal media….
Ever since I was a plebe at Canoe U., many, many years ago, I have been a regular subscriber to a local paper (except, of course, when the Navy had me deployed somewhere). Sure, the regular liberal spin and bias was annoying, so I wrote letters to the editor on occasion, and opened the paper to regular mutterings of, “Really? THAT’S the best you can do?!”
Recently, our local paper has shrunk, both in thickness and size, due to “budget constraints”. Read: “we’re losing subscribers.” I can’t imagine why… I mean, besides the condescending attitude towards the military. And the regular three or four page Sunday exposes on majorly depressing issues (isn’t there anything good to report on in-depth?). Oh, yeah, and the nasty misrepresentations of conservatives, pro-lifers, and the Tea Party. The removal of conservative Michelle Malkin as too abrasive, or something, but the regular printing of liberal Maureen Dowd, whose main goal in life seems to be tearing down the Catholic Church in as hateful a way as she can manage. Then there was the promotion of Planned Parenthood as somewhere to go to get the big-pharma pushed cervical cancer vaccine (as if real doctors offices didn’t have it available) and regular printing of pro-abortion letters from a local “concerned grandma” who just happens to be the wife of the very well-paid director of Planned Parenthood of SE Virginia (she used to be their communications director, too), but why on earth should the paper mention that? And the dropping of national, syndicated, talented editorial cartoonists, in exchange for promoting the local “sketch guy at large” with a penchant for being snarky to the editorial page in a budget-cutting measure. Then there was the “Beck watchers are idiots” editorial, and…
I had to agree with the guy on the phone that, yes, “But we have coupons!” was one of the paper’s last selling points. Until yesterday, that and the comics was good enough.
This Sunday, on the way home from church, my husband was reading the paper as usual, when he got to the “You have got to be kidding me, no coupon is worth paying for this kind of crap to be delivered to us regularly” editorial cartoon. I mean, the cartoonist doesn’t even seem to understand what the issue is… except that he thinks Catholic women are repressed because the Church doesn’t promote chemical contraceptives/abortifacients (and the Pill is an abortifacient in its secondary effects). Which isn’t what the whole contraceptives mandate brouhaha is about at all.
So, good-bye Virginian-Pilot. You never did have a very solid grasp of reason or reality, so I’m sure you’ll be confused as to why your readership continues to drop. Your coupons were good, your plastic delivery bags are great poop-scoops for the dog, and, lacking newsprint, I’m not sure what I’ll use to clean mirrors.
But paying to be insulted regularly just isn’t worth it.