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  •  WHY? (25+ / 0-)
    Its website is incoherent.

    I cancelled back in Otober of 2004 when its editorial board voted 7-2 to endorse John Kerry and were overruled by then publisher Alex Machaskee. When someone leaked it to the national media and made the paper a butt of national ridicule, they ended up not endorsing Bush after all and writing a mealy-mouthed "We're not endorsing anyone because we don't think you need us to tell you who to vote for" editorial. That wasthe day they were finihed with me.

    We're retiring Steve LaTourette (R-Family Values for You But Not for Me) and sending Judge Bill O'Neill to Congress from Ohio-14: http://www.oneill08.com/

    by anastasia p on Tue Oct 30, 2007 at 03:51:05 PM PDT

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    •  Wow, I honestly didn't remember that (11+ / 0-)

      (although I was spending most of my time in another state for college, and at the age of 21 I was only beginning to be politically active.)  I do remember the non-endorsement endorsement.

      How about how they endorsed DeWine over their own columnist's husband?

      "THANK GOD GEORGE W. BUSH IS OUR PRESIDENT"--"Moderate" Rudy Giuliani, 2004 GOP Convention

      by BlueEngineerInOhio on Tue Oct 30, 2007 at 04:25:21 PM PDT

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      •  Well, that didn't work out so well (7+ / 0-)
        for Mikey DeWhiny, did it? In fact, they were almost patting themselves on the back about how "unbiased" they were in not endorsing an employees' husband, and they were so condescending toward Connie. Management apologist -- whoops, I mean "reader representative" -- Ted Diadiun treated her like this funny little liberal that they tolerated. It was SO obnoxious.

        Last year was a bad year endorsement-wise for the Plainly Republican. Their basic policy is "Whenever you can find a shred of a rationale, aways endorse the Republican." (I love when they endorse a terrible Republican over a Democrat they admit is qualified because the Republican has experience but then endorse a completely unqualified Republian over a better Democrat because they'll bring "fresh ideas.") But last year, there were at least three statewide Republicans that it was virtually impossible for anyone with a half-functioning brain to endorse. Despite the conservative slant of almost all of the state's big dailies, not a single one endorsed the Republican for treasurer or secretary of state -- both were shockingly unqualified. And only one goofy rightwing paper in Cincy endorsed the execrable and idea-free J. Kenny Blackwell for governor. So to make up for it, they had to automatically endorse every Republican that wasn't a total disaster. Hence too much enthusiasm for the ethically questionable Mary Taylor for auditor and Coingate-associated Betty "If I'm guilty of doing anything, I'm guilty of doing nothing" Montgomery for attorney general. And Mikey DeWhiny for Senate over Sherrod Brown. Luckily, DeWhiny's campaign was epic in its badness, Brown made no mistakes and Ted Strickland had strong coattails. And so DeWhiny went where we're aiming to send LaTourette: into retirement from Congress.

        We're retiring Steve LaTourette (R-Family Values for You But Not for Me) and sending Judge Bill O'Neill to Congress from Ohio-14: http://www.oneill08.com/

        by anastasia p on Tue Oct 30, 2007 at 08:26:41 PM PDT

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        •  Akron Beacon-Journal is decent (3+ / 0-)
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          buckhorn okie, ER Doc, Ninepatch

          A lot of their difference from the PD is merely placement of liberal viewpoints closer to the front, and I didn't particularly care for the gushing article on Kevin Coughlin today, but their editorials are much more liberal (they've even taken the ABA's side against capital punishment.)

          Was an interesting read in terms of future office holding. Coughlin doesn't have a JD (bachelor's and master's from Bowling Green) so he won't run for attorney general and I'd take his word on not challenging Strickland if his popularity stays up, but what about U.S. Representative?

          "THANK GOD GEORGE W. BUSH IS OUR PRESIDENT"--"Moderate" Rudy Giuliani, 2004 GOP Convention

          by BlueEngineerInOhio on Tue Oct 30, 2007 at 08:39:35 PM PDT

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        •  "Funny Little Liberal" (2+ / 0-)
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          oldjohnbrown, BlueEngineerInOhio

          WITH A PULITZER PRIZE.

          The Plain Dealer really is that stupid.

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