If you had any doubt that the media is viewed by the moonbat left as an ally, you only have to click onto Moveon.org and read about the organization’s crusade to prevent circulation-challenged newspapers from downsizing their lavish reporting staffs.
“Media Action; Fight the News Cuts” is right below “Out of Iraq in 2006” on the organizations homepage:
“As the Tribune Company reaps large profits, there is no excuse for forcing staff cuts on local papers that compromise their ability to deliver strong watchdog journalism to the public,” MoveOn contents.
The firing of leftwing columnist Robert Scheer by the L.A. Times (he talks about this welcome-to moi-move on the part of his former employer on the Huffington Post) has particularly agitated the left, including Barbara Streisand.
Ms. Streisand, who joins Susan Estrich in the category as Dingbats Who Write Letters to the L.A. Times, wrote a letter to the editor.
She has posted both her letter and what the newspaper actually ran:
“This is the original letter I wrote to the LA Times regarding their firing of Robert Scheer:
“November 18, 2005
Editorial Page Editor
Los Angeles Times
202 W. 1st St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Dear Mr. Martinez,
“This letter is to inform you that I am canceling my subscription to the LA Times, and here is the reason why:
The greater Southern California community is one that not only proudly embraces its diversity but demands it. Your publisher’s decision to fire Robert Scheer is a great disservice to the spirit of our community.
“I’m almost embarrassed for you in seeing the LA Times being referred to as the ‘Chicago LA Times’ on the myriad of internet sites I’ve visited in the last few days. It seems, however, an aptly designated epithet, representing the feeling among many of your readers that your new leadership, especially that of Jeff Johnson, is entirely out of touch with them and their desire to be exposed to views that stretch them beyond their own paradigms. So although the number of contributors to your op-ed pages may have increased, in firing Robert Sheer and putting Jonah Goldberg in his place, the gamut of voices has undeniably been diluted, and I suspect this may ultimately decrease the number of readers of those same pages.
“In light of the obvious step away from the principals of journalistic integrity, which would dictate that journalists be journalists, editors be editors and accountants be accountants, I am now forced to carefully reconsider which sources can be trusted to provide me with accurate, unbiased news and forthright opinions. Your new columnist, Jonah Goldberg, will not be one of those sources.
“Robert Scheer’s column, with its often singular voice of dissent and groundbreaking expositional content, has been among the most notable features that have sustained my interest in subscribing to the LA Times for many years now. Apparently, previous leadership at the LA Times had no trouble recognizing Mr. Scheer’s journalistic prowess in that they nominated him for the Pulitzer Prize.
“My greatest fear is that the underlying reason for Mr. Scheer’s termination is part of a larger trend toward the corporatization of our media, a trend that we, as American citizens, must fervently battle for the sake of our swiftly diminishing free press.
“And this is what ultimately got printed in the Op-Ed section of their November 23, 2005 issue…
“Singing the Op-Ed blues
Re ‘Times Plans New Op-Ed Lineup,’ Nov. 11
“The greater Southern California community is one that not only proudly embraces its diversity, but demands it. Your decision to fire Robert Scheer is a great disservice to the spirit of our community. It seems that your new leadership, especially Publisher Jeff Johnson, is entirely out of touch with your readers and their desire to be exposed to views that stretch them beyond their own paradigms. So although the number of contributors to your Op-Ed pages may have increased, in firing Scheer and hiring columnists such as Jonah Goldberg, the gamut of voices has undeniably been diluted. I suspect this may ultimately decrease the number of readers of those same pages.
“My greatest fear is that the underlying reason for Scheer’s termination is part of a larger trend toward the corporatization of our media, a trend that we, as American citizens, must fervently battle for the sake of our swiftly diminishing free press.”
How do you dilute a gamut?
How do you hold a moonbat in your hand?