The more I read this paper, the more blatant it is becoming that the paper is an arm of the local right wing politicians. Nearly every guest opinion is from a right wing columnist with nary a thought for any type of fair and balanced approach even with the news coverage. Last week, the Minneapolis Star Tribune had on the front page, the article about the Minnesota GOP being fined for election fund misuse. Brainerd Dispatch, page 8.
If this was the only instance of this type of news slanting, I might believe it was a space issue, but I have been paying attention to this type of placement for about six months now and there is definitely a trend and certainly no “fair and balanced” approach either on the editorial page or in the news coverage to my way of thinking. The tilt to the right shows up in headlines and I have to say there was a major shift when the new editorial writer Keith Hansen started with the paper.
We now have what appears to me to be a Tea Party blog from him that is just a restatement of the far right broadcasters like Rush Limbaugh. There are seldom any counterpoint editorials from any of the more liberal national commentators. If I want the right-wing opinion I can go to Fox News or one of the many talk radio shows where they create their own facts to back up their far right opinions. I subscribe to this paper for local news but I must say it is getting harder and harder for me to tolerate the outright smearing of the presiding by not only letter writers but by the paper itself. I am considering whether to keep my subscription at this time.
A different perspective
Reference is made to the writer from Hackensack in the weekend edition who asks for more opinions. You and others, that have been complaining recently about Mr. Hansen’s writings, need to go back and read some of the Brainerd Dispatch from the last several years. We have had to read nothing but one-sided liberal news in the Dispatch for years, and now that the shoe is on the other foot and we are receiving equal coverage from both sides of the aisle, we hear the liberals crying foul.
Now you know what it’s like to read what the conservative side of the community has had to put up with for the last several years.
Also, the only reason you would want to have Vox Pop back is so that you can continue to attack people and hide behind a system that provides anonymity. If you can’t sign your name to it, it doesn’t need to be published. It has been a welcome relief to read about something other than John Ward in every edition of the Dispatch, seven days a week.
It’s been a shame that we cannot allow the citizens equal coverage rather than the biased coverage we have been subjected to in the past.
Mr. Hansen brings a new and welcome leadership to the Dispatch. Keep up the good work, Mr. Hansen.
To those who complain, all of the local grocery stores sell liberal tabloids and the Minneapolis Tribune is still available in our area.
The Brainerd Dispatch has made many changes in recent times and all of them have been for the better. They are even starting to receive awards and recognition for their new and great publication.
Again, kudos to Mr. Bogenschutz and Mr. Hansen and the rest of the leadership and staff at the Brainerd Dispatch for a publication readable for all.