Today marks the first day since I graduated college in 1990 that I’m not a regular subscriber to my local newspaper. Fair enough — I had given up daily service a few years ago an only opted for Friday, Saturday & Sunday.
But it is time to say goodbye to the dinosaur. As of today, The Charlotte Observer is not getting anymore of my money.
Why, you may ask? Because of what is plaguing other local newspapers — editorial bias influencing their “news reporting”.
The past few days have been the last straw. Part of the Observer’s problem is that they are a McClatchy Newspaper — a well-known liberal publisher. And these two straws are mostly McClatchy-generated. But nonetheless they are a symptom of the Observer’s cancer. They do not report “news”, they advocate for their point of view. That is fine on the Editorial Page. But not Section A or the Local News Section.
First straw: Front Page Lies About The Iraq War in Sunday’s paper (posted on the Web last Friday)
When the Bush administration invaded Iraq seven years ago, it pledged to leave behind a democracy that would be a model for the entire Middle East. Instead, it now appears that the United States will leave behind a big question mark.
Sunday’s parliamentary elections in Iraq will start the clock on the withdrawal of U.S. troops, with 50,000 soldiers remaining in an advisory role after Aug. 31 and all of them gone by the end of 2011, if current plans hold.
The elections are, in a sense, the final act of a U.S.-led invasion that the George W. Bush White House sold on false pretenses – nonexistent weapons of mass destruction, an imaginary nuclear-weapons program and fictional al-Qaida ties – and that has cost nearly 4,400 American lives, at least 100,000 Iraqi ones, as much as $3 trillion and untold political capital.
The bolded part is not only editorializing — it is a lie. ALL of the Western intelligence services concluded the same thing the CIA did: There were WMD, an active nuclear program, and ties to al-Qaida in Saddam’s Iraq. The phrase “false pretenses” suggests (as most liberals do) that “Bush Lied.” Was Iraq an intelligence failure? Certainly. But everyone who supported the Iraq war did so in a post-9/11 mindset and sincerely believing the intelligence they were given. That includes Al Gore, Bill & Hillary Clinton, and John Kerry.
Second straw: A Biased Profile of the SC 2nd District Race (Joe Wilson)
You can read the story itself. Every mention of Wilson is negative, every mention of his opponent is positive.
The Observer can print this drivel on their “news” pages and pretend they aren’t biased. But I don’ t have to pay for it.
After all, thanks to Obama this economy is even worse than under Bush. THAT is a fact.