Patterico's Pontifications

8/24/2003

Over at The Corner, Rod

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:35 am

Over at The Corner, Rod Dreher, a member of the Dallas Morning News editorial staff, says the editors have started a blog in which readers can see which people hold which opinions.

Dreher says: “No matter which side you’re on, it’s useful for readers to see the kind of thinking, and the kind of people doing the thinking, that goes into the creation of the editorial positions of a major American daily newspaper. This kind of transparency serves the reader, who can see the ed board’s biases plainly. This might sound self-serving, but I bet newspaper readers elsewhere in the country would benefit if their daily’s editorial board did the same thing.”

I completely agree. It would be very interesting to know who writes the various editorials for the major papers, including:

* the dishonest ones, like the ones I discussed here, here, and here;

* the annoyingly cutesy ones, like the ones I discussed here, here, here, and here;

* the ones with boneheaded factual errors, like the ones I discussed here, here, and here;

* the ones that discuss Supreme Court decisions (generally criticizing Antonin Scalia) without reading the opinions, like these, or this, or this;

* the condescending ones about Ward Connerly, like the one discussed here;

* the cop-hating ones, like the ones I discussed here and here;

and even:

* the occasional one that makes sense, like these, or the ones I discussed here and here.

Wouldn’t it be great if these guys at the Los Angeles Times or New York Times or Washington Post came out from behind the curtain and took responsibility? If they would tell us, for example: “Yeah, I’m the cop-hater” or “I’m the liar” or “I’m the guy who can’t get his facts right”?

Don’t hold your breath.


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