In a Sept. 14 letter to the editor John Garon takes issue with the issue that Labor Day was not celebrated, within the pages of the Mountain Democrat, with a historical review of the great labor conflicts in history. This is ascribed to, “…sacrificing ethical journalism at the altar of right-wing ideology.” The man has a way with words.
I read about eight newspapers a day, mostly on the Internet, although I get the hard-copy of the Mountain Democrat and the Sacramento Bee. The Bee gets its stuff from the Washington Post Writers Group, and the New York Times various bureaus. Having lived in Washington, D.C., I got the hard copy, and when we lived in Dallas got the Dallas Morning News, which has the same relationships as the Bee.
Well, that was long, so what is the point? The point is that one can get the same view, all over the country, in almost any newspaper, as they all use the same stuff. Only a few do not, and that is why the Mountain Democrat is so important.
So the Mountain Democrat did not offer a historical review of the great labor movement. I posit that is not the mission of a daily newspaper, and I did not find that in the Sacramento Bee, the Washington Post, the New York Times, or the Dallas Morning News.
Being a Vietnam vet, I do not await the annual recap of the Tet Offensive. It’s in the history books, where it belongs. Not in my daily newspaper. It’s called news.
I am mostly apolitical, but find it amazing (actually amusing, I’m not too serious about most things) that anyone wants their media to be exactly the same, although that is the way that it is going.
I expect to read about local events; the deer falling into the pool, the car crushed by a tree, and the garage sale. That has something to do with our community. And, in fact, I save the Mountain Democrat, for the last read, because I want to savor each article. They are written by real people, who care. I skim over the latest Bee screed from the Nobel winner in economics, who is so famous that no one gives him a real job. And no one notices.
Well, this is probably too long. Sorry about that, chief!