Friday, January 23, 2009

The Oregonian Editorial Board Should Do What Is Best For The City And Resign Immediately

Sunday Update: Good news in Puritan America today.

I wasn't going to write anything about the Sam Adams controversy and let my photo stand for itself, but it occurred to me that it would be entirely reasonable to demand the immediate resignation of the Oregonian's editorial board. They could have taken the high road and reserved judgment until the outcome of the investigation by the AG, but instead (probably in a pathetic attempt to sell papers) chose to demand Adam' resignation within hours of the story breaking. If the mayor had, say, taken a bribe from a developer, I'd be the first to demand his resignation. However, his sex life should not be our business, and I don't blame him for lying about sleeping with an 18-year-old. Stupid, yes (sleeping with Breedlove in the first place was incredibly foolish); worthy of resignation, no. The Oregonian editorial board let the people of Portland down, and undermined the public interest, by fanning the flames rather than simply reporting the story fairly, and for representing our culture at its hypocritical and moralistic worst. In my conversations with friends over the past few days, one sentiment expressed repeatedly ran along the lines of "why, oh why, are we stuck with such a horrible daily paper that seems so out of sync with the city?" Seriously. We deserve much, much better here in the City Of Readers. And the Portland (sic) Tribune barely even merits any attention. Headquartered in Clackamas and owned by a right wing Christian nut; reduced to printing one paper a week; riddled with grammatical and spelling errors. What more can one say? I remember when Jim Redden published PDXS back in the 90's. Man, has he fallen far. As for the Willamette Week and their star sex-scandal-journalist Nigel Jaquiss: nobody is winning any Pulitzers this time.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please submit this to the Oregonian as an editorial or as a letter to the editor. You make more sense than our newspapers!!

6:05 AM  

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