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  •  Audacity, indeed. Starting in the 1980s... (14+ / 0-)

    ...Cal Thomas—remember him? I was his syndicate editor or the editor of his editor for five years—personally and telephonically harangued hundreds of newspaper opinion editors about their supposed lack of conservative columnists—as if William F. Buckley Jr., George Will, Pat Buchanan, all of whom appeared in more than a thousand newspapers at the time, were liberals. And lots of those editors went for the intimidation and stuck Cal on their pages twice a week, and he eventually became No. 1. What did he do? A little self-interested community organizing. Everywhere he spoke professionally, which was often, he urged everyone who showed up to hear him to call or write their local editor and demand that the paper run Cal's column. If only 25 did so, that could be enough to push an editor to do it.

    He had taken a right-wing myth and theme and transformed it into a marketing tool that eventually made him the leading political columnist in the country measured by the number of newspapers that decided to buy his words.

    Not that it was ever true that the majority of newspaper op-ed's were liberal. And those that did lean liberal kept it to a curtailed liberalness, with, for example, pro-union pundits being as rare as democratic socialists on those pages. Such views are still seen as improper today by almost all the so-called liberal media. So the only socialist anybody knows is Bernie Sanders. What do you suppose is the latest count on namable right-wing columnists?

    Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

    by Meteor Blades on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 09:07:47 PM PDT

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