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Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by zimv20, Sep 28, 2004.
I suppose if 'Rat were around he could provide some insight here, but do you really think the vast majority of small-town Texas newspapers have a liberal slant? (Although with a name like the Iconoclast, I suppose anything's possible. Which way did the Iconoclast endorse last time around?)
Zim, when you said Bush's hometown, I was expecting a more northeastern "liberal elite" area!
edit: Oh here it is, theliberalmedia went the other way last time. Were they so liberal then grapes?
you probably missed this when i posted it a month or so ago, but it's worth a look at how the "liberal print media" fell when endorsing a presidential candidate in 2000: link
Perhaps The Lone Star is merely reflecting the feelings of its readers.
Check out this letter to the editor
The Lone Star
fwiw, the iconclast endorsed bush in 2000...
being from texas( 3rd generation), i can tell you many of my relatives who supported bush in 2000 are truly pissed at him because of the war in iraq, rising health care costs and the deficit. he has lost their vote and all of his chipper pep talks and " i'm a gonna's" won't win them back. he lied.
besides, bush isn't a real texan...he's a poser.
Hasn't seemed to hurt him with Texans so far.
interesting. If the people of Texas are changing who they support, you think Texas is still a guaranteed win for dubya?
I still hear Will Ferrel's Bush in my head from the 2000 election.
"Don't mess with Texas."
Is it wrong that when I picture Bush in my head I picture Will Ferrel playing with a ball of yarn?
Texas will stay red. No question. The Kerry campaign is spending virtually zero time and money in Texas.
yep, bush will carry the state quite handily. there seems to be a large portion of the state who would vote republican even if Satan was their candidate...it's a state that champions personal freedom as long as it's a god-fearing-christian-anti-abortion-heterosexual freedom. my apologies for painting with such a broad stroke but hey, i saw A LOT of it firsthand.
heck, one of the major country clubs in dallas still doesn't allow jews as members...and the club restaurant is nicknamed " the plantation" because all of the staff is black. this is the same club that ross perot resigned from during his failed presidential run. he wasn't allowed back in after the election because, by god, he acted like was actually ashamed of their discriminatory practices...
(edit: did some research, actually the top 5 CC's in dallas/ft. worth don't allow jews..the dallas CC allowed it's first jewish member in 1997...)
The endorsement may reflect the feelings of the paper's readers, but it sounds like it has ticked off a large number of Crawford's residents (link):
And Kerry's hometown newspaper recently endorsed Bush. They wouldn't be doing it for the publicity, would they now? One matter of interest, though: when the editor of the Massachusetts paper was asked about the community reaction (in a radio interview I heard), he didn't report any retribution of the kind we're hearing about in Midland.
I'm not sure what you're getting at. If the editor(s) of the Midland paper endorsed Bush as a publicity stunt, it would seem that they indeed got some publicity for it. I'm just not sure that's the kind of publicity I would seek out, given the lost sales and advertising. As for Kerry's hometown newspaper, if what this story says about the Lowell Sun is true:
it sounds like the worst you could accuse them of is being consistent.
Isn't the simplest explanation that his paper's readers agreed with the endorsement? I know that Massachusetts is predominately liberal, and perhaps the town of Lowell leans that way as well. But if this particular newspaper has a history of opposing Kerry, it doesn't seem as though the readers (or advertisers) would be surprised or offended by this endorsement.
I think it's reasonable for a newspaper editor to not expect threats and economic retaliation in response to an editorial endorsement. Perhaps another "simplest explanation" is the difference in the way people think and behave in Texas and Massachusetts.