Sunday, October 24, 2010

"Liberal Media" Strikes Again

Next time somebody starts whining to you about the "liberal media," point them to the Manchester, New Hampshire, Union Leader. Turns out that the newspaper has decided not to publish wedding notices for gay weddings, even though gay marriage is legal in New Hampshire. In other words, owners of the newspaper don't like the law, so they're going to pretend that it doesn't exist. The Union Leader clearly wants to make the news, rather than report it. Or maybe, they're going to report the news the way they think it should be, rather than the way it is. In other words, the Manchester Union Leader is just like every other "mainstream" media outlet operating in this country.

6 comments:

Keifus said...

The Union Leader has a long history of dickish conservative activism, really made a name for itself in the Nixon years. I suppose it's notable that it's not a "second" paper, like the Boston Herald or the New York Post or the Washington Times, but it might also be an outlier in terms of transparent bias for a primary market rags. (Does a smaller market require that both roles be fused? That'd explain the Waterbury CT paper where I grew up too.)

Guy I shared an office with used to be a big fan of the Union Leader.

Archaeopteryx said...

I dunno. The "main" paper here in Arkansas is also a conservative mouthpiece. It seems to me that if we really had a "liberal media" that somebody would be telling the truth about the Tea Party and so forth.

Keifus said...

Well, this being America, we have a choice between a center-right and a far-right viewpoint. Who are we to question out betters anyway? (Pointed out in another conversation: there aren't really any lefty think-tanks either, more or less for the same reason.)

Sometimes it sneaks out in the entertainment world though. It's pretty screwy when some of our most serious (in a question-the-system sort of way) journalists are writing for Rolling Stone and Comedy Central.

Keifus said...

"our"

Archaeopteryx said...

What? Are you talking about Taibbi and Stewart? They're communist clowns, Obama-bots who are trying to undermine our Glorious Patriotic Republic. Put down the Kool-Ade, Keifus!

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