Maynard Short: Columnists unbalanced

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Citizens of Routt County,

Do you feel a little snobbish? Do you have a feeling of East Coast elitism roaming around in your brain? Do you have trouble talking to people outside the city of Steamboat Springs? Perhaps, it is because you are being “brainwashed” by The New York Times. Your local paper, the Steamboat Pilot & Today, has a fetish with The New York Times columnists.

Just look at the first half of January this year.

Jan. 2, Krugman, NYT; Jan. 3, Mark Bittman, NYT; Jan. 4, Cohen, NYT and Jonah Goldberg, Tribune Content Agency; Jan. 5, Bruni, NYT; Jan. 6, Friedman, NYT and N. Kristof, NYT; Jan. 7, Brooks, NYT; Jan. 8, Bruni, NYT; Jan. 9, Brooks, NYT and Clarence Page, Tribune Content Agency; Jan. 10, N. Kristof, NYT and Jonah Goldberg, Tribune Content Agency; Jan. 11, Gail Collins, NYT and Cal Thomas, Tribune Content Agency; Jan. 12, Krugman, NYT; Jan. 13, N. Kristof, NYT and Jonah Goldberg, Tribune Content Agency; Jan. 14, Cal Thomas, Tribune Content Agency and Maureen Dowd, NYT; Jan. 15, Bill Keller, NYT.

It appears that the Today has cut back on the faux economic policies of Krugman. Last year, the paper reprinted Krugman more than 100 times, whereas it looks like this year it will be cut in half.

So citizens of Routt County, you may want to pick up a local paper whenever you visit another city, to counter the brainwashing you are receiving from your local paper. Perhaps you might get a chance to read a viewpoint that is fair and balanced.

Maynard Short

Phippsburg

Comments

Scott Wedel 3 months ago

Well, there is also this thing called the internet while easily allows people to seek out whatever sources of information of interest.

Before that was cable/sat TV to bring in a diversity of opinions to locals.

A newspaper hasn't be able to monopolize local citizens access to diverse opinion for over 50 years.

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john bailey 3 months ago

you mean they have stuff other than ads? it never sleeps.....hulamay...RIP Lee....

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Dan Kuechenmeister 3 months ago

Maynard, I had sent an email to the folks at Steamboat Today last summer highlighting the fact that our local paper publishes syndicated opinion pieces a shade over 60% of the time from "liberal" writers and just under 40% from "conservative" writers and asking for a better balance. Never got any kind of response. But then again, they are part of the main stream media. Christie staff member causes delays on bridge and they are all over it. IRS, Benghazi, ACA - move along, move along - nothing to see here. What happened to a media that actually did investigative reporting?

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Dan Kuechenmeister 3 months ago

Scott, Thank you so much for informing we rubes from South Routt that there is this thing called the internet (Didn't Al Gore invent it (-; ) that we can go to for other sources of news and opinion. I need to check that out.

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bill schurman 3 months ago

Don't like what you read? Simple solution, Do not read it, besides you always have those fools on FOX "News" and then there is Mallard for your reading enjoyment.

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Fred Duckels 3 months ago

If this left wing drivel had any logic you could find talk radio taking advantage of the chance to make a buck. It has been tried but liberals know truth in their little pea pickin hearts and outside input is a waste of time.

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Scott Wedel 3 months ago

The success of talk radio has nothing to do with the logic or wisdom of what is being said. Sports talk deejays are not being hired as coaches.

A business just needs to find a market and that does not need to be anything close to a majority of the population. MMJ dispensaries such as RMR have been doing fine with less than 5% of the population as licensed patients and able to purchase.

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Dan Kuechenmeister 3 months ago

So apparently Air America couldn't attract enough listeners to survive. They couldn't "find a market". Apparently they couldn't attract Bill's knuckle draggers that watch FOX. By the way Bill, I enjoy reading all points of view. One should always keep an open mind.

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jerry carlton 3 months ago

If you want to know all the wonderful benefits of MMJ all you have to do is read the Pilot blogs and Oz and the Ex Public Defender will explain them to you.

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Dan Kuechenmeister 3 months ago

Here is info on one of the recent FOX hires. Hey Bill - got some one on MSNBC that you can talk about. http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2014/01/another-reason-to-watch-fox-news.php

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Fred Duckels 2 months, 4 weeks ago

The presence of the likes of Krugman is courtesy of the left wing Newspapers that are trying to keep the message relevant, regardless of the fact that it won't sell on it's own. There is no yardstick to measure readers, and hence no comparison to the conservative message, compounded by the inability to find sponsors in the marketplace.

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Ken Collins 2 months, 4 weeks ago

I've been confused for a long time about the "lamestream media" (Thank you S Palin). All this talk about how it controls so much of what we hear doesn't seem to make sense. All data shows that FOX NEWS and all it's (non-news) shows is the show of choice for more than all the other networks combined. So how is the "liberal" side so powerful when most of America seems to watch FOX? The fact that the Daily Show, Colbert, Fallon, et. al. have such a rich time exposing some of the ridiculous statements that are said on Fox is an indication that FOX should do a little more editing before they "inform" so much of America. Fair and balanced? My dictionary must be out of date.

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Dan Kuechenmeister 2 months, 4 weeks ago

Hey Ken, They are comedians. It's what they do. JIMMY FALLON: Obamacare has been nothing but trouble here. In fact, the Department of Homeland Security revealed that hackers have attempted more than a dozen cyber attacks on the Obamacare website, but couldn’t get in. [ laughter ] They couldn’t get in there. [ applause ] Then Obama said — “but when you, do, let us know how you did it.” [ laughter and applause ] No one knows how to get into — [ cheers and applause ] it’s useless. That’s how bad it is. I’m going to move to Toronto. That’s it. I can’t take it.

Less than 50,000 people have successfully signed up for Obamacare, making it, as Stephen Colbert pointed out on Tuesday, "58 times harder to get into than Harvard."

Now that the shutdown is over, it's time for Jon Stewart to turn his attention to the technical failures of the Obamacare rollout, and he did so on Monday with gusto. I chose not to attach Jon Stewarts video clips. In part one above, Stewart outlines the myriad "glitches" that have plagued the rollout and marvels at the way Democrats have tried to "spin this turd." In part two below, he turns his attention to the president's own attempts to talk up the positives, asking, "When did the President of The United States turn into Gil from 'The Simpsons?'"

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Scott Wedel 2 months, 4 weeks ago

"... when most of America seems to watch FOX?"

Fox has more viewers than others, but most of America doesn't watch Fox or the others. Fox has about 1.1 million nightly viewers out of an US population of 314 million.

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Ken Collins 2 months, 4 weeks ago

Dan, your point actually brings up a couple of things. The comedians do hit both sides, pretty hard. I may die before I ever see anything from Fox that resembles criticism of the right. And I quite often think that FOX is a comedy show. As far as sign ups, the last I heard was nearing 3 million, one way or the other. They all count tho'.
Scott, when I said watch the news, I only met the ones that do watch any news coverage. Please, let's don't split hairs here.
As far as health care is concerned, a question does beg asking. If our old system was so great, how come no other country in the world wanted to try ours? I've talked to several Canucks and a few Brits back before ACA. Not a single one wanted to trade theirs for ours. Notice how we never even hear about the sign ups anymore, since things are going smoother? Get used to it because it won't disappear at least until the Dems are out of the WH. And maybe we'll all like it by then. Isn't that what the country needs, a system that will work for most of us?

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Dan Kuechenmeister 2 months, 4 weeks ago

Ken, Didn't realize you were such a fan of FOX as it seems you watch it quite a bit based on your previous comment about not seeing FOX criticize the right. I rarely watch FOX except for Bill O'Reilly and while I would agree with any one who says he has a right leaning bias I have seen him "criticize" the right. I don't always agree with his philosophy but I figure a guy that auctions autographed pictures of the 5 living presidents to give money to vets causes, sells copies at $25 per picture to give money to Fisher House and Wounded Warriors, raises money so vets can be given $15,000 track chairs, writes books and sells merchandise to give money to various charities, can't be all bad. Also like the debates between he and Stewart. Even when they vehemently disagree there is a modicum of respect for each other and their view point. I would suggest that most reasonable people would hope for a health care system in the U. S. that works to the benefit of a majority of the people. To date the roll out has been a disaster. Only a bitter left wing partisan would argue other wise. Only time will tell how it works to the benefit of a majority of people. Do you have any way of knowing how many of the 3 million that have signed up have paid. I haven't really followed the enrollment stats nor do I plan to. I got no dog in the hunt. If it works great, if not it's back to the drawing board.

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Ken Collins 2 months, 4 weeks ago

Dan, I occasionally watch FOX until I can't. I see much more of it being "analyzed" by Stewart, Colbert et. al. They lampoon CNN & the others but FOX is a much deeper well. By the way, I looked up the D Show and it's audience was 2+ million Tues nite, ordinarily in the mid 1.5 range. Usually a better place to get the news.

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Tim Keenan 2 months, 4 weeks ago

If you actually ask Americans policy questions, the vast majority will give liberal answers. Sadly, the adversarial, juvenile, us-versus-them mentality pedaled on Fox and the rest of the right-wing echo chamber scratches a lot of people right where they itch, and the corporate-government complex is happy to encourage people who actually have similar economic interests to hate on one another. They can clean us out much more completely that way. If everyone realized that they're really on the same side, you might begin to see things change around here.

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mark hartless 2 months, 4 weeks ago

If everyone realized they're "on the same side"???

You mean if they suddenly agreed with you? ... Hardly...

People today are not "on the same side". Far from it.

This nation is more polarized and divided today than at any other time since the Civil War. And it's not because of Fox News nor MSNBC.

People disagree more than ever because they are ignorant... woefully ignorant of the things which once unified us as Americans.

Furthermore, the "diversity" that everyone has been told to "celebrate" is really a crock of crap. The Tower of Babel is a curse, not a cause for celebration. People once immigrated here to become "Americans" and they embraced THIS culture. Today they break in to it to benefit from it's handouts. The boldness with which illegal immigrants wave flags from the nation they forsook to break into this country is a bold statement that they want our "stuff" but NOT our "culture".

The US Constitution once unified all Americans with the notion of liberty and justice for all, but as Americans devolved into a state of Constitutional ignorance, they grasp for power outside that Constitutional authority.

Everyone does what is right in his own eyes; the common good and Constitution be-damned.

THIS is why there is division. Because everyone has their own version of justice, equity, fairness, welfare, law, liberty, etc.

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mark hartless 2 months, 4 weeks ago

And I didn't even begin to cite the ignorance of our common history, etc.

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Dan Kuechenmeister 2 months, 4 weeks ago

Hey Ken, You never responded regards my question on ACA enrollees from a previous post so I did a little research. Found this, it's from a Wall Street Journal piece (behind it's firewall so I couldn't see the whole article) Exchanges See Little Progress on Uninsured

Early signals suggest the majority of the 2.2 million people who sought to enroll in private insurance through new marketplaces through Dec. 28 were previously covered elsewhere, raising questions about how swiftly this part of the health overhaul will be able to make a significant dent in the number of uninsured.

Insurers, brokers and consultants estimate at least two-thirds of those consumers previously bought their own coverage or were enrolled in employer-backed plans. . .

Only 11% of consumers who bought new coverage under the law were previously uninsured, according to a McKinsey & Co. survey of consumers thought to be eligible for the health-law marketplaces. . . One reason for people declining to purchase plans was affordability.

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mark hartless 2 months, 4 weeks ago

One of the best examples of how Americans today comfortably operate outside the constitution and act in completely contradictory ways can be found right here in Colorado with marijuana legalization and the crackdown on guns.

People who demand that marijuana be legalized do not do so, by and large, based on the fact that free people have constitutional rights to grow, smoke, eat anything they want. For a long time they didn't even have the courage to just say "Hey, I want to get high on marijuana". Instead they based their challenge to marijuana's illegality on the absurd claim of it's medicinal value. The point here is they never had the courage to base their argument on the constitution.

Many of the same people that would say we have a "right" to smoke pot are the same people who would deny others their constitutional right to bear arms. And many who would claim their right to bear arms would staunchly oppose another persons right to grow, smoke, eat whatever they want.

Many pro-gun folks would also go so far as to say how they are "freedom-loving" but would deny me the right to burn my own property as a form of pollitical speech if that property took the form of an American flag.

Both views are wrong. Both refuse to acknowledge and protect the individual's rights when that individual wishes to act in ways the other person finds offensive.

The Constitution protects OFFENSIVE behavior and speech. UNOFFENSIVE behavior and speech, by definition, needs no protection. This is precisely why "hate speech" laws are ridiculously un-constitutional.

While Americans have waxed ignorant of, indifferent to, and even hostile toward the constitution, they have by no means lost their knowledge of and desire to protect that which matters TO THEMSELVES, as individuals. This is somewhat ironic in that they agressively protect THEMSELES as individuals while increasingly running rough-shod over the rights of OTHER individuals and the Constitution which was established to protect ALL individuals. "My rights=important; other people's rights= be-damned."

THIS is why we are disintegrating as a culture. "A house, devided against itself, can not stand".

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jerry carlton 2 months, 4 weeks ago

I am with you John! Hope for good weather in New Jersey!

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Dan Kuechenmeister 2 months, 4 weeks ago

Colorado vs. Washington in the Super Bowl. Pot Bowl I. Watch out when the Doritos commercial comes on

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Thomss Steele 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Schurman you are as depressing as you are clueless. Your daily comments are amusing though. Love to see your kind try to justify blatant stupidity.

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john bailey 2 months, 3 weeks ago

WHEW, glad we got that internet thingy , but that cowboy on that pony is gonna be pizzed he'll be without a job. oh well , stamps were getting pricey......

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john bailey 2 months, 3 weeks ago

oopps I forgot. everybody now.... HERE WE GO BRONCOS , HERE WE GO....

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