Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Mixed messages

So today’s Post-Star runs an editorial portraying voting as a sacred duty paid for with the blood of our local servicemen. Standard stuff, trying to encourage civic participation.

But then on the very same page, it runs its Don Cheapshot column (that overstates it a bit, it's merely a snarky little one-liner, anonymous of course) whining what’s the point of voting because they all stink.

And in actual fact, most of Don Cheapshot's recent one-liners have been in the same vein: whining about the election (such as here, here, here and here... and that was just for the last week!)

Ignore the cowardly, anonymous wild canine. Listen (for once) to their editorial board. Vote today.


MARQUIL said...

Why is it that the Post-Start cannot manage to elevate the noble tradition of our democratic ballot without engaging in gratuitous trashing of another culture. Calling Afghanistan a lawless, unforgiving desert country. . .[and] breeding ground for terrorists" (golly, guys, you left out filthy and godless!) seems so totally beside the point. It is jingoism. And while I'm at it, it is lazy writing and editing to use a term like "front lines" to describe the sort of asymmetrical warfare US troops face in Afghanistan. This is one of those situations where I wholeheartedly endorse the core message of the editorial, but its delivery just makes me feel slimed.

As for Don Cojoneless, I suspect that his is the real voice of the Post-Star editorial page: short declarative statements and sweeping generalizations that any third-grader could understand. Or write.

Anonymous said...

Post-Star congressional endorsement=kiss of death.

Brian F said...

Anon: I slightly disagree. I think newspaper endorsements generally mean little, one way or the other. In most races, there is so much coverage that people make up their minds on their own (as they should) rather than be swayed by endorsements: newspaper, celebrity or otherwise.

I think these endorsements are only significant in two cases: when they're very unexpected (the right-wing New York Post's endorsement of Cuomo spoke volumes about the Democrat's agenda) or in votes that get little coverage (ballot initiatives, judge races, library budget votes, etc).