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October 2, 2013

READERS' FORUM: Oct. 2, 2013

Another view of ‘liberal’ press

For those like letter writer Don Phillips who insist on complaining about what they believe to be a liberal press, I have a question: If what you say is true (I don’t believe it is), then why is there not a “conservative press”?

As far as I know, conservatives aren’t prohibited from owning newspapers. Conservative newspaper owners could hire editors and writers to promote whatever point of view they wish to promote. (I strongly suspect there are some conservatives out there who could afford to own a newspaper or two, and probably do — newspapers that other conservatives call the “liberal press”!).

Conservatives air their views to large audiences on radio and TV. Why not through newspapers? If you really believe that the press is liberal, you have to ask yourself that question, and find an answer for it.

But, in fact, there are newspapers (and magazines) that many would consider right-leaning. They probably offer subscriptions. How widely read they are I do not know, but they can be found online. Also, conservative columns from these papers can be found online separately, and if they are not widely read, who is to blame? The “liberal press”?

Has Mr. Phillips not noticed that The Tribune-Star publishes at least two conservative columnists regularly?

Time magazine and The Week magazine publish writings from both camps, but that would not please anyone who prefers that only one point of view be presented. It seems to me that Mr. Phillips and his ilk really just want all press to be conservative. Good luck with that.

Mr. Phillips’ initial objection was to an editorial. Editorials are, after all, opinions. That’s why they’re printed on the opinion page.

I am a proud liberal, but I don’t expect the local paper to print only opinions that I find agreeable. I’ve cringed a number of times at editorials, not to mention letters from readers, with which I disagreed, but I’d never suggest that they not be published.

The fact that both the editorial and Mr. Phillips’ response were printed speaks for itself.

— Judy Dukes

Terre Haute

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