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Update [2005-7-3 11:8:41 by Armando]: From the diaries by Armando. Title Edited.

From Digby:
The Minneapolis Star Tribune offers an editorial page that, of all the nation's major dailies, is arguably the most devoted to the truth and the least afraid of the Bush White House.

    And it is under attack from the Right for just that reason: right-wing Hugh Hewitt has launched a campaign encourage people to cancel their subscriptions to the Strib, in hopes of pressuring the paper to end its defense of real American values.

And Hewitt's allies at the blog Powerline are trying to keep up the pressure by directly attacking the top editor.

Cancelled subscriptions are unnerving the publisher and that some advertisers are suing because of what they say are false circulation numbers. I suspect that this last is thuggery on the part of the wingnut cabal that is coordinating this effort to get the editorial page director fired for his political beliefs


How to help Strib:
  • Write supportive LTEs
  • Investigate other newspapers false circulation numbers. Moonie Times, WSJ
  • Subscribe for digital copies here

More after the fold

Digby also says:

I would suggest that people start looking around for some "advertisers" to sue all the conservative papers that inflate their advertising numbers. I'd start with the Washington Times. This is a very ugly genie that rightwingers should probably not want to let out of the bottle.

Hullabaloo


Some Star Tribune articles:

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Sun Jul 03, 2005 at 08:08 AM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (4.00)
    < clink >

    When morality is only about sex, no aspect of war - even the killing of entire families - can arouse criticism, much less condemnation.

    by lawnorder on Sun Jul 03, 2005 at 12:09:47 AM PDT

    •  Thanks for getting this out. (4.00)
      I wonder what they have in store now for the Toledo Blade which blew the lid off Coingate?
      •  wow the MST is a great paper (none)
        Giving voice to prominent politician and her loss of son in Iraq was the beginning of the end.

        Republicans are biased against the truth.

        •  It's my hometown paper (none)
          And in my humble opinion, it's just OK as a newspaper.   Not great.

          But they do have a very brave editorial staff, who have been WAY out in front on a lot of criticisms of BushCo that are now taking hold in the rest of the country.

          Unfortunately, they had already bowed to rightwing pressure and made it a point recently of hiring a partisan GOP hack, Katherine Kersten, as their local columnist.  She started in right away with the rightwing hackery, not even making a token attempt to act like a real reporter.  Here's part of the official Star-Tribune press release announcing her hiring:


          Kersten worked as a contributing editorial page columnist for the Star Tribune from 1995 to 2003. During most of this time, she also was a senior fellow at the Center of the American Experiment, a nonpartisan Minnesota think tank focusing on conservative and free-market ideas.

          (bold is mine)

          To call this rightwing think tank "nonpartisan" is a sick joke.  They are SO connected with the Minnesota Republican party that they share toothbrushes at night.  

          And true to form, Kersten got right down to work simply regurgitating Center of the American Experiment talking points in her column.  

          So this was a major bit of red meat that the Strib threw the rightwingers who were complaining.

          But NNOOOOO, that's not enough for the whiny little fascistas.  They must have it ALL, all the time.

          Fuck 'em.  Whatever reservations I've had about the Strib's quality are now on hold.  I'm subscribing, and I'm letting the paper know exactly why.  (And why not -- that is, Kersten.)

          And if I ever see Hugh Hewitt, I'm going to kick his lying ass.

          •  Kersten (none)
            I read the article she did on Abu Graib with a GOP stooge and challenged her.  She wrote back but I would like to LTE the letter but they said only locals should  contibute when I tried to submit.  
            •  she is a hack (none)
              And a terrible hire for the Strib.  I think they MORE than paid the rightwing tab by giving her a job.

              But nnnnooooo.

              •  Write to complain! (none)
                We can get her booted off the Strib.

                After all, they just hired Garrison Keillor to write for them -- his first column was today! -- and they know that we're out here.

                The bit Digby mentioned about insiders being afraid of subscriptions being cancelled -- that came from somebody in the comments thread.  I've talked to some other Strib insiders, and they're rather happy about the fact that their circulation gains are the biggest of any of the country's top 20 dailies.

                As for the lawsuit:  That's actually a countersuit.  See, these advertisers weren't paying their bills, so the Strib sued them in April.

                •  wow (none)
                  I'm not up on this:

                  After all, they just hired Garrison Keillor to write for them -- his first column was today!

                  He's a great writer, and I loved HOMETOWN DEMOCRAT.  When he goes after the GOP, he takes no prisoners, and shows he's ten times smarter than the smartest of them.

                  But I have to admit, my first thought was:  he really needs YET ANOTHER PROJECT?   ;)

    •  I had a diary on this when the attacks first... (4.00)
      started.

      http://www.dailykos.com/story/2005/6/23/75912/4508

      I hope that some of you called in back then as well.

      We demand rigidly defined areas of doubt and uncertainty. DA

      by nonverbalcoma on Sun Jul 03, 2005 at 06:19:49 AM PDT

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    •  I wonder if sending Al Franken emails (none)
      about this from a bunch of us would be helpful, he's from Minnesota, loves to support the hometown crowd and looks like he's running for senate in '08; he could mention it on the show and that could very possibly increase subscription/advertising in their paper and thus help them out...
      what do you guys think?

      "There is no spoon."

      by L0kI on Sun Jul 03, 2005 at 08:36:29 AM PDT

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  •  Likely limited impact (4.00)
    From my time in the Twin Cities during the last primary season, I observed that conservatives in the area mostly subscribed to the reliably Republican PP (St. Paul Pioneer Press) rather than the "flaming liberal" Strib.  Those conservatives who still subscribe to the Strib after the entire 2004 campaign--when its editorial staff was hardly less outspoken than this year--are unlikely to abandon it now, just when Republicans are starting to realize the Chimperor has no clothes.

    And really, if you read both the Strib and Assrocket, who would you believe first?

    Lies are the new truth.

    by Dallasdoc on Sun Jul 03, 2005 at 12:15:20 AM PDT

    •  Yes, but (none)
      in the 2004 campaign there was no organized boycott against the Star tribune. This time, there seems to be one. When people are told to boycott, it usually has a bigger impact.
      •  This is a TIPPING POINT (4.00)
        The GOP recognize the shift away from their propoganda taking place in regional markets around the country.  

        This boycott represents a calculated move to intimidate and silence the regional papers who have started to breakout from the well controlled MSM stream of carefully crafted GOP propoganda.  

        The Strib is going to be used as the poster child for what happens to you if you step out of line and don't tow the line per GOP ideology.  

        If we do not help them they will not be the only victims of this hateful initiative.  Other smaller papers that do not have the coffers of a New York Times or Washington Post will back off this kind of reporting for fear that they too will lose financial control.  

        Don't think of this as just the Minneapolis market - think of this as an attack on every middle market paper in the country many of which have been leading the way towards truth lately.

        •  Sorry for the nitpick (none)
          But it's driving me crazy, and I see it all the time here.

          It's "toe" the line, as in put your toes on the line and don't get off.

          However, I gave you a 4.

          Hopelessly pedantic since 1963.

          by admiralh on Sun Jul 03, 2005 at 08:53:53 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

        •  Same with PBS (none)
          It's the small TV stations that will be forced to close - the ones serving the heartlnd and the rural districts.  NPR and PBS will likely lose some revenue from these stations when they close, but they'll make it up and survive.  In the meantime, the only access to the world outside their own communites these people will have will be newspaers and the internet (or sattelite TV.)  WE ought to be supporting a federally subsidized rollout of broadband in the heartland.  Sure it's a "give away" to the Cable and Phone conglomerates (which is how you get the republicans to vote for it)....but in the long run, as access to the high speed internet increases, the amount and kinds of information to these folks will increase and rightwing attacks on local sources will have no effect.

          PS. How come they never have a campaign of thanking their favorite papers?  Duh.

          When all else fails...panic

          by David in Burbank on Sun Jul 03, 2005 at 10:08:08 AM PDT

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          •  Rural Access to High Speed Internet is (none)
            the modern day equivalent to Rural Free Home Delivery.  If you don't know how revolutionary that was go look it up!

            Couldn't agree more about access...but I see no reason to "give" it away to the corporate powers either :)

      •  This could have a Newsweek quality to it... (none)
        ...in terms of a backlash from the non-right. I'm glad folks have called attention to the odious campaign to paint the Strib into a corner, and it's quite possible that the attention drawn to the Strib might actually be sympathetic when all is said and done. Some of my conservative friends still call the Strib the "Star and Sickle," so which conservatives are left to be offended by the truth the Strib spreads? :)
        •  That's funny... (none)
          I grew up in Minneapolis, and a couple of my progressive activist friends there think the Strib is too conservative, so they don't subscribe!  

          I just forwarded this diary to them...

          "Virginia Woolf's idea of a room of one's own has never been the place for middle- and working-class women. We work with interruptions." - Ananya Chatterjea

          by sarac on Sun Jul 03, 2005 at 10:45:18 AM PDT

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    •  Probably true (none)
      But we still should send the message. Remember the Iconoclast!

      Delenda est Sinclair! http://www.dkosopedia.com/index.php/Sinclair_Broadcast_Group

      by mole333 on Sun Jul 03, 2005 at 07:05:34 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  You mean there really is (none)
    a liberal mainstream newspaper left in America? How un-American! Just the thought of one liberal mainstream newspaper make the neo's quake in fear since it might say something they don't want anyone to know. You would think the neo's would be satisfied with owning 95% of all mainstream media outlets.

    "We drew the line in the sand, and like the fools they are, they stepped into the abyss." HMSJO

    by hmsjo on Sun Jul 03, 2005 at 12:28:08 AM PDT

  •  it's "liberal" to tell the truth? (4.00)
    I guess these days it's absolutely revolutionary.
  •  I already subcribe (none)
    The StarTrib is a pretty good paper
  •  OK...I've got a problem here. (3.75)
    You say "Cancelled subscriptions are unnerving the publisher."

    I can well see how that might happen. When it's a (moderately) left wing newspaper and it is attacked by the right, we all see the danger. You post a diary about it and it is immediately on the recommend list.

    But WE do nothing to use OUR power to effect the same sort of result regarding the massive stonewalling of the truth that has been perpetrated by the corporate media over the last...oh, let's say 42 years just to be on the safe side.

    Why are WE not using the same tactics?

    I proposed something I called

    months ago here that never gained much traction.

    Why not???

    (Please go here,  here, here, here and especially here to read several diaries and many comments on this NEWSTRIKE!!! idea.)

    The right wing does it.

    Why not us?

    Was the proposition maybe a little too broad? Not focused enough? OK...let me ask you kossacks a a couple of questions.

    Digby says "Cancelled subscriptions are unnerving the publisher." Anyone know how MANY cancelled subscriptions it has taken to "unnerve" this publisher? When the LA Times reported on Schwarzenegger's groping activities just before the gubernatorial election, Editor & Publisher said "Almost as important as the Times' decision to air the charges was the reaction they provoked (including more than 1,000 cancelled subscriptions), and how the newspaper dealt with it."

    1000 cancelled subscription rocked a newspaper with a circulation of 907,997? (http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/050502/lam103.html?.v=8) THAT'S ABOUT.1% OF ITS BUSINESS!!! Looks like it's pretty damned easy to get these corporate frontrunners' attention, doesn't it?

    Well?

     What are we WAITING for?

    What mainstream newspaper or magazine is most subscribed to by the people on this blog?

    TIme Mag? Newsweek? WAPO? NY Times?

    The NY Times claims a circulation of 1,136,433. (http://www.nytco.com/investors-nyt-circulation.html)

    Time Mag? Time's circulation in the United States is 4,000,000 weekly.(http://www.everything2.com/index.pl?node_id=152157)

    Newsweek and WAPO are probably in the same general ball park...Avis to the others' Hertz.

    So 1000 or so cancelled subscriptions would get the attention of WAPO and the NY Times, and 4000 would make a some noise in the offices of  Newsweek and Time Magazine.

    50,000+ Kossacks?

    C'mon!!!

    It's a SLAM DUNK!!! (With apologies to Mr. Tenet.)

    Do you mean to tell me that there are not 4000 Kossacks with a subscription to Time or Newsweek? Hell...they practically GIVE those useless rags away!!!

    CANCEL their asses!!!

    1000 measly Kossacks with a subscription of some sort to the NY Times?

    CANCEL, and TELL THEM WHY!!!

    Let's take this a little further.

    For the last week of 2004, an average of 8.4 million households tuned in to watch NBC's "Nightly News". 7.7 million for ABC, 6 million for CBS. (http://www.newsmax.com/archives/ic/2005/1/11/105324.shtml)

    So if they operate on the same general scale of corporate cowardice and short term bottom line paranoia as the LA Times...and I will BET you that they do...then only about 8000 serious emails and letters to NBC News telling them that we are through watching their lying asses stonewall the truth would snap their little grey flannel heads right back out of their corporate assholes.

    As I have posted here a NUMBER of times...

    An idea whose time has come.

    DO IT!!!

    Stop being so dismissive of all those so-called "wingnuts". Hell, people...they may be stupid but they DO wield their power, don't they?

    How stupid are we NOT to?

    An idea whose time has come.

    I can see it now.

    The Independence Day Media Massacre!!!

    MONDAY.

    DO IT!!!

    AG

    "Let the intelligent read and understand, and let the ignorant stay that way." From the earliest known piece of writing. A Mesopotamian shopping list. Nice.

    by Arthur Gilroy on Sun Jul 03, 2005 at 04:23:59 AM PDT

    •  You make me wish (4.00)
      that I subscribed to a newspaper just so that I could join the strike.

      I guess there are a few drawbacks to getting all my news online.

      Improved conditions make better men, and better men improve conditions. Simon N. Patton

      by mm201 on Sun Jul 03, 2005 at 04:34:42 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Listen, mm201. (none)
        You can STILL do this.

        I am posting a diary regarding this idea.

        The Independence Day Media Massacre. Dkos finally flexes its economic muscle!!!

        Help recommend it up so that it has some legs, and let us DO this.

        AND...call, email or write ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, your local news shows and yes...even Fox News. TELL them what you are doing.

        USE the NEWSTRIKE!!! word.

        Hell...use the LOGO!!!

        (The posting code for that is logo is

        img src="http://www.dkosopedia.com/images/1/1d/Newstrike_001.jpg"

        with a < at the beginning and a > at the end. Thank you very much Apian.)

        Let us DO this thing.

        It is time for US to make some waves.

        BushCo is in trouble.

        Rover's ass may VERY well be fried on Tuesday with the Plame thing.

        The media are beginning to come around a little bit.

        A VERY little bit.

        Let us give them a SOLID boot in the ass to help them on along their way.

        An idea whose time has (FINALLY!!!) come.

        AG

        "Let the intelligent read and understand, and let the ignorant stay that way." From the earliest known piece of writing. A Mesopotamian shopping list. Nice.

        by Arthur Gilroy on Sun Jul 03, 2005 at 05:01:48 AM PDT

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        •  NEWSTRIKE (none)
          This most certainly can work.  If nothing else, corporate controlled media understand the bottom line.  Can we discover the advertisers aligned against the Strib?  If so, they should feel the heat.  Boycott their products and services.  Send them letters making it known that their censorship efforts are not only being monitored, but shall be punished by the withdrawal of dollar votes.

          Remember what happened to the AARP after they gave their support to that bogus prescription drug plan (which I bet every senior in America is taking full advantage of - NOT).  My mom and her friends mobilized, sent their membership cards back to the AARP, and let them know why they were ending their memberships.  It didn't stop the bad bill, but is sure as hell shook up the AARP.  Seems the slap upside the head left an impression with them.

          NEWSTRIKE can be an effective weapon against corporate media.  I refuse to subscribe to my lame local daily (The Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel)since the more liberal, morning-delivered Milwaukee Sentinel combined with the decisively pro-business, GOP-loving evening Milwaukee Journal, and consequently lost its voice.  Yet still, every once and a while, I send them a letter letting them know why I will never subscribe to that paper.  

          Like many urban dailies, The Journal/Sentinel's circulation continues to decline.  Perhaps if I keep reminding them why I will not subscribe, someday they may take the bold steps the Strib has taken, and start reporting the truth.  I do hope that truth someday prevails within the pages of my daily paper.  But until it does, they get not one damn penny from me.

          •  So DO something!!! (none)
            Go to this diary (The Independence Day Media Massacre. Dkos finally flexes its economic muscle!!!), a practical set of easy ways to get the media's attention through economic means that is backed up by the facts and figures so beloved of the various "reality-based" cranks on this website. rate it up so that it lasts long enough to be read, and DO SOME OF THE THINGS IT SUGGESTS!!!

            It CAN BE DONE.

            But "we"...and I am not sure anymore that I even belong in that particular "we"...do not do it.

            All hat and no cattle.

            All chat and no battle.

            Later...

            AG

            "Let the intelligent read and understand, and let the ignorant stay that way." From the earliest known piece of writing. A Mesopotamian shopping list. Nice.

            by Arthur Gilroy on Sun Jul 03, 2005 at 07:00:11 AM PDT

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          •  If you've already done it (none)
            then do it some more.

            I quit watching any news on tv other than News INT a long time ago, and as regards the Austin American Statesman, well:  sometimes they throw free newspapers in our yard, on a fairly regular basis (inflating those circulation numbers?)  So I made a little sign that I posted in the front yard that reads: We do not like or want the Austin American Statesman.

            On the drug plans for Seniors issue:  I was barely old enough to be an AARP member, but I had joined, and I called them and cut up my card on the day they endorsed the plan.  Then I called my mom to tell her to do it, but before I could open my mouth, she told me I should do it, as she just had.  Like minded, huh?

            I have no subscriptions I can cancel, as I get my news from the internet but I can certainly send emails and make calls.  Again, I say, if you've already done it, do it some more.

            Karen in Austin

    •  You are right (4.00)
      I published a diary with a similar thesis. The only responses I got were people that were simply resigned to the fact that the GOP are more organized and better than us at this kind of stuff. Nobody seemed willing to make ANY effort to change that. Sometimes I get the feeling that we deserve what we get. We simply don't want it as much as the GOP. Or maybe people on our side are just lazy.

      I agree full heartedly with your comment.

    •  Heh, I've been doing that already... (4.00)
      I just didn't know somebody had a name for it.  I am a news junkie but I have just had to turn off the cable news and stop reading my local Murdoch-controlled newspaper (Press Telegram) because I can only take their propaganda a little at a time.

      Great idea.  To make it work, though, you need to TELL THEM you're punishing them.  And you need to let them know that it's organized, and that there are specific complaints.

    •  There's Only One Way To Bring (none)
      the Giant down.. and that is via boycotts/strikes. the black community/Jesse Jackson have used boycotts successfully more than once.. one was against Anheuser Busch (Budweiser beer).

      the lack of collective action of this type by the left tells me rather clearly that we don't really have a "left" in the U.S. anymore.. or if we do.. we're damn lazy and lack common sense.

      our political power at the federal level is, let's face is, ZILCH,,,ZERO.

      thus the only REAL POWER we have is the how we spend our money. collectively how we spend our money can provide HUGE leverage over arrogant and corrupt corporations.

      but we're not doing this.. we're stupid.

      •  Well... (none)
        DO it.

        Read my comment just above for more.

        AG

        "Let the intelligent read and understand, and let the ignorant stay that way." From the earliest known piece of writing. A Mesopotamian shopping list. Nice.

        by Arthur Gilroy on Sun Jul 03, 2005 at 05:57:50 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  OK, But Slight Problem (none)
          I'm in Chicago.. and the corporate conservative rag here is the Chicago Tribune. we get the Sunday paper only because my girlfriend clips coupons.
          in spite of constant phone calls from the Trib's sales force to increase our subscription we refuse to do it-- because the Tribune sucks on their political and social news coverage. they totally suck.

          not long ago Tribune ownership offered up email addresses and asked for reader feedback. I wrote to them and told them their paper sucked and is biased in favor of BushCo. naturally, I got no response.

          I read almost NO advertisng in the Trib.

          that's MY part. the problem with Boycotts and Strikes in general is that so called progressives apparently FEAR taking this sort of direct action.

          years ago I had a conversation with a fellow worker about the need for a shorter work week. her near-immediate response was "what would that do to the economy?"

          what the F---? in other words "The Economy" is some sort of sacrosanct thing that we'd better not do anything on a collective level which might have a negative impact.. but somehow it's OK for corporations to be corrupt, to go offshore and not pay U.S. taxes, to move production out of the country to pay slave wages to workers in other countries and throw millions of Americans out of work.. THAT is OK. we shouldn't be concerned about what THAT does to the economy.

          this is what I mean when I say "we're stupid". I'm ready to boycott Shell Oil (for starters) any time I can get 500,000 other progressives to do the same with me.. WHERE are the progressives?

          it's meaningless if it's FIVE people doing the boycott.. it has to be hundreds of thousands or millions of people.

    •  Agree (none)
      And while you're at it, subscribe to "The Nation" or "Atlantic Monthly" or "Mother Jones". There are so many good liberal or just plain good magazines out there. Why are ANY of you wasting your money on time or newsweek??????
    •  I think this is an excellent idea. (4.00)
      I myself cancelled my DISH-TV and got basic, basic, basic cable because I do not want any of my subscriber fees to go to CNN, MSNBC, or FOX. (And I am saving about $35/month.)

      I also got a solicitation from DirecTV saying they wanted me back as a customer (I quit it when Murdoch bought it). I wrote them back and said I would consider using their services if they gave the consumer more choice, and I gave a specific example of the type of package I would like. It would consist of:

      local channels
      international news programming:
      -CNN-International (not CNN)
      -BBC World (not just BBC America)
      -CBC and CTV
      -Others
      access to international channels

      Domestic News Programming
      -Link TV
      -Free Speech TV
      -CSPAN I, II, AND III
      -university stations (like U Cal)
      -business news channels

      Arts and Entertainment programming
      Bravo
      Sundance
      Indie Film Channel
      AMC
      TMC

      Sports
      NESN
      FSN East (for basketball)

      I told them I thought a lot of subscribers in the northeast would be interested in this kind of package.

      Someone wrote back to me and said it was a good idea and that they were passing it onto management. They probably say that to everyone.

    •  Strongly disagree with this unAmerican proposal (4.00)
      I am shocked at how willing some people are to adopt evil tactics, hoping that the end will justify the means. Newspapers should be free to write whatever they want. Faux News may be a manipulative collaborator in Bush's war crimes, but in a free country, they have a right to exist. It is up to us to point people in the direction of reliable news and expose the failings of the corporate media.

      To use boycotts and pressure tactics against media just invites more of the same. It acknowledges that it is a valid tactic, though it goes against everything America is supposed to stand for.

      By all means, write letters of support, and subscribe to media outlets you are comfortable with. But if you legitimize the use of intimidation of media you don't agree with, you destroy freedom of the press.

      Go after the Rovian bastards who are attacking this fine newspaper. Confront them in their offices, harangue them in the street, do whatever you need to do. But do not lower yourself to the use of intimidation.

      I think Newstrike is a terrible idea. If you have a problem with the media, complain to them and encourage people to turn to reliable sources. If you join this campaign of intimidation, you are no better then Karl Rove.

      I'm a linguist, licensed to use words any way I want to!

      by MakeChessNotWar on Sun Jul 03, 2005 at 10:56:29 AM PDT

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      •  Absolutely right, this is freeperville stuff (4.00)
        The idea is obnoxious, idiotic, and counter-productive all at the same time. Here in a diary complaining about the right-wing attacks upon a paper's editorial policy, we have people urging a similar policy of boycotting papers they don't agree with. I find it frankly childish. Boycotting a paper is likely to achieve one thing above all else--to drive it more firmly into the camp you are objecting to. That is not to say that people should subscribe to bad newspapers. But it is a very different, and tawdry, thing to organize a boycott just because a paper prints things you disagree with.

        If liberals believe in anything, I think it is in the power of reason to win people over to what they believe is just and right. That is why I organize a very different campaign than this poster has been suggesting now for two long months--a letter-writing campaign to convince newspapers to report on the Downing Street Memo and related documents. It has been phenomenally successful, even in persuading many conservative papers to cover the story.

        If you don't like a paper's politics, why not submit an op-ed?

        DSM Watch - Day 62: When will Bush and Cheney finally read the documents?

        by smintheus on Sun Jul 03, 2005 at 12:37:59 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  Contradictory? (none)
          "That is not to say that people should subscribe to bad newspapers."

          What's different from what you say and what's diaried here? I frankly don't see any difference. Newsweek, Time, Wapo, and the NYT are all poor publications, IMHO, for the reasons set out in the diary. Our only power as consumers is not to participate in what is being peddled. Saying it in unison does not somehow make it evil, because it is not evil to refuse to purchase a bad product, in unison or otherwise. This is not like boycotting an otherwise good product for reasons not having to do with its quality (boycotting a newspaper because its editor is not a Christian, for example)

          I'm cancelling my online subscription to the WSJ right now. It is totally off the top. If someone else is willing to do it with me, great! And if they become more right wing as a result, well that shouldn't stop me from suffering through paying for a bad product.

          The Minutemen should sign up to patrol the Iraqi-Syrian border, they're such brave patriots.

          by chuco35 on Sun Jul 03, 2005 at 06:42:55 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  I don't subscribe to any of those either (none)
            I'm not sure they're bad, but they're not good enough to serve me. Far different thing, though, to organize a boycott of papers because their editorial policies diverge from one's own views. That is attempting to bend them to one's own will. It is a game everybody can play, but to what end? We are served better by a multiplicity of views getting into print, not by trying to silence those whom we disagree with.

            Now if a paper's policies are utterly vile, or if it is committed to falsehood rather than truth--that is to say, if it's beyond the pale--then a boycott would be in order. But our poster here has been trying for two months on dKos to promote a general and across the board boycott of news outlets in order to make some point best known to himself.

            DSM Watch - Day 62: When will Bush and Cheney finally read the documents?

            by smintheus on Sun Jul 03, 2005 at 08:56:13 PM PDT

            [ Parent ]

  •  Bush (none)
    This is just pathetic.  But, they see how their leader behaves and are following that lead.

    Please sign Congressman John Conyers' letter asking the President to come clean about Iraq.

    by OLinda on Sun Jul 03, 2005 at 04:37:43 AM PDT

  •  which tribune advertisers.... (none)
    are suing the tribune???  and why dont we write those advertisers and praise them for supporting the tribune....

    the right probably has the exact opposite 'email the tribune advertisers' campaign in effect

    "Not even Revelations threatens a plague of vengeful yahoos." H. S. Thompson

    by KnotIookin on Sun Jul 03, 2005 at 05:36:19 AM PDT

    •  Here's an AP article with details (none)
      Advertisers Sue 'Star Tribune' Over Circ Inflation

      The lawsuit includes allegations by an unnamed Star Tribune distributor who also works for one of the plaintiffs, Masterson Personnel, Inc....

      The other plaintiffs are Alternative Staffing, Inc., Vision Staffing Solutions, Inc., and Purchasing Professionals, Inc. All four are employment agencies.

      "Virginia Woolf's idea of a room of one's own has never been the place for middle- and working-class women. We work with interruptions." - Ananya Chatterjea

      by sarac on Sun Jul 03, 2005 at 11:01:29 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  All four are employment agencies (none)
        No wonder they love Bush!

        He increased their poor clients tenfold while giving a lot of bragaining power to them and their corporate clients.

        When morality is only about sex, no aspect of war - even the killing of entire families - can arouse criticism, much less condemnation.

        by lawnorder on Sun Jul 03, 2005 at 01:15:20 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  I thought that was odd... (none)
          I mean, did they meet at a temp convention?  I did a quick look to see if they shared a parent company, but didn't find anything obvious.

          "Virginia Woolf's idea of a room of one's own has never been the place for middle- and working-class women. We work with interruptions." - Ananya Chatterjea

          by sarac on Sun Jul 03, 2005 at 01:45:10 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

  •  Remember the Texas Iconoclast (4.00)
    Remember when Bush's "hometown" Texas newspaper, the Iconoclast, endorsed Kerry and there was a flurry of cancelations? Daily Kos responded and their subscriptions actually went way up in the end.

    I didn't subscribe. Instead I placed and advertisement to show my support.

    Let's do the same with the Star Tribune!

    Delenda est Sinclair! http://www.dkosopedia.com/index.php/Sinclair_Broadcast_Group

    by mole333 on Sun Jul 03, 2005 at 05:42:07 AM PDT

    •  They've completely changed. (4.00)
      Here is their latest issue. They have completely changed from a normal newspaper to an openly liberal format. If the Star-Tribune's publishers have enough guts, maybe they will change in a similar fashion.
      •  Indeed (4.00)
        I remember when the Iconoclast altered their format. They specifically attributed it to the influx of subscribers from outside the area, so they intentionally altered to cater to their new readership.

        That should be our lesson! We had our desired impact--we saved a newspaper that conservatives sought to destroy and we encouraged them to be more openly liberal.

        Let's do it again!

        Delenda est Sinclair! http://www.dkosopedia.com/index.php/Sinclair_Broadcast_Group

        by mole333 on Sun Jul 03, 2005 at 07:04:27 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  contact the advertisers (none)
      of the Minneapolis paper. Tell them specifically that 1) you will support their products as long as they support newspapers that tell the truth, and 2) if they pull their ads, you will boycott their products and urge others to do the same.

      And take out an ad, if you can.

      There is no question that there is an unseen world. The problem is, how far is it from midtown and how late is it open?--Woody Allen

      by Mnemosyne on Sun Jul 03, 2005 at 07:58:19 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Digital subscriptions campaign (none)
    A campaign to increase digital subscriptions might itself get media attention similar to the DSM campaign.  Here's the link again.
  •  Re Moonies & inflated circulation numbers (none)
    I work at a hospital in the Maryland suburbs of DC where the Washington Times is distributed free of charge to patients and visitors.  I bet they add these freebies to their circulation numbers.  I confess I've never challenged the hospital about giving this exposure to the paper - I will think about doing that.  I didn't notice the same practice at the other suburban hospital I worked at but I'll ask around.
  •  My LTE: (4.00)
    To the Editor:

    I am writing to tell you how grateful I am, to the point of tears, that your paper is taking such a strong and clear position toward George W. Bush's intentional deception of the nation on Iraq, most recently in your June 30th editorial.

    I have learned that you are being targeted by groups who punish those who speak honestly about George W. Bush. If I as an individual can do anything to help you, I would like to offer my services. In the meantime, I will continue to write to media outlets and elected representatives expressing my strong belief, supported by a great deal of evidence, that Bush has lied to us intentionally and systematically about every issue in which he, or his constituents--the corporations--have a material interest. The deceptions about Iraq are only the most egregious.

    Sincerely,
    lecsmith

  •  just subscribed (4.00)
    I just subscribed and sent them a letter telling them why.

    Have you?  It's only $15 for 7 weeks of the online edition.

    •  And for those who are really cheap -- like me :) (none)
      I just bought a one month subscription for $5.76 and am about to send an LTE. Do it and let them know why!

      When you are going thru hell, keep going! Winston Churchill

      by flo58 on Sun Jul 03, 2005 at 10:41:15 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  I just bought (4.00)
    a one-year subscription.

    Every man for himself.

    by JLFinch on Sun Jul 03, 2005 at 08:42:38 AM PDT

  •  Don't let the bad guys win (none)
    Signed up for a one-year subscription. Let's show some ever-lovin' support to the Strib! Don't let Hugh Hewitt and his band of thugs smother our right of freedom of the press.
  •  Don't Forget Mail Subscriptions (none)
    I just signed up for 13 weeks of the Sunday paper.

    Subscribe

  •  Subscribed to a Paper Copy (none)
    As I live in MN.
  •  We can win this media war, guys (none)
    Same thing happened to the Crawford Iconoclast, Bush's hometown newspaper, after it endorsed Kerry for 2004 and criticized Bush.

    Kossacks sprang to the rescue. The paper published an article shortly thereafter that many people from all over the country had subscribed, and it more than made up for the wingnut cancellations.

    The upshot is, the Iconoclast is very much alive and well today, and still breaking right-wing idols. In fact, they still have a link on their home page to the editorial that ignited the wingnut furor, under the heading "Popular Previous Editorials."

  •  We need MORE papers like this (none)
    as more newspapers go against BushCo...they will waste a lot of resources trying to shut them up

    amazing how unamerican these "patriots are

  •  does anyone have a link to (none)
    the editorial, and name of the author that sparked this whole situation.  I would be willing to subscribe, but i want to be able to write them and explain why i'm doing it.

    The Bill of Rights, not the Ten Commandments, should be on our buildings

    by chinkoPelinke on Sun Jul 03, 2005 at 09:30:07 AM PDT

  •  The Strib (none)
    has an editorial today critical of the media at large, especially in regards to coverage of the Bush Admin.  

    It's not looking like they'll be rolling-over anytime soon.

    If anyone wants to diary this, go right ahead.  I'm heading out to the Minnesota Zoo with my gf to see the baby dolphin.

    Give me Liberty or give me death!

    by guyermo on Sun Jul 03, 2005 at 09:41:53 AM PDT

  •  I e-subscribed (4.00)
    for a 7-day-a-week subscription for a full year and I sent a supportive email to not only the editor, but  Publisher and President Moyer and Editor and Senior VP Gyllenhaal as well.  

    The researching of the rightytighties own fake circ. numbers? I would, but I suck at that sort of thing.  With or without Google.

  •  I have lived in Mpls. (none)
    all of my life, up until 2 months ago.  I'm in St. Paul now, but refuse to buy the Pioneer Press, only because Knight Ridder is a union busting machine (remember the Detroit Free Press?).  

    The Strib has been under attack for years.  Last winter, the CEO of TCF Bank pulled his advertising because columnist Nick Coleman had the audacity to point out that assrocket worked for him.  

    And while the editorial board has been consistant in pointing out the flaws of the empire, the rest of the paper pretty much toes the MSM line.  

    Regardless, I'm glad when anything from Minnesota gets some positive attention.  

    "If I can't dance, I don't want a revolution." -Emma Goldman

    by simplefolk on Sun Jul 03, 2005 at 10:00:41 AM PDT

  •  Guts and truth from the Twin Cities: (4.00)
    Minneapolis is my kind of town! I remebered this juicy episode, also a sign of courage and good journalism from the Twin Cities:
    How KSTP Decided to Roll The April 18th Tape

    That was Tuesday night, one week before Election Day. The KSTP tape was proof that the explosives were still at Al QaQaa after the war began -- and it showed two American soldiers looking over the material and leaving it apparently unsecured... according to KSTP general manager & owner Ron Hubbard, there was never any consideration of suppressing the story -- despite his family's widely-known conservative politics and record of campaign contributions to Republican politicians


    As someone commented above, the GOP is trying to make the Strib case an example: Say the truth and you loose. Let's make the opposite come true: Say the truth and you win!
    .

    Subscribe for digital copies here

    When morality is only about sex, no aspect of war - even the killing of entire families - can arouse criticism, much less condemnation.

    by lawnorder on Sun Jul 03, 2005 at 10:20:49 AM PDT

  •  Thanks for the Info on Digital Subscriptions (4.00)
    I just subscribed, and it looks like an interesting paper.  Look forward to reading it.
  •  my letter: (none)
    I have been very moved by recent editorials published in the Star Tribune.  One article titled "Memorial Day/Praise bravery, seek forgiveness" said:

    "In exchange for our uniformed young people's willingness to offer the gift of their lives, civilian Americans owe them something important: It is our duty to ensure that they never are called to make that sacrifice unless it is truly necessary for the security of the country."

    I could not agree more, I want to thank you for your critical perspective on the policies of the current administration, and I hope that your commitment to reporting will not be affected by political pressures.

    There is no question that the american media was sleeping behind the wheel in the lead up to the war, however, it is never too late to wake up and realize your mistakes.

    As a citizen, I rely on private and public media for information, but when one is placid and the other under funded; it paints a bleak picture of the state of our nation.

    So I thank you for reporting the truth, some might call your paper liberal for criticizing Bush, but there is nothing liberal about the simple truth.  And the awful truth is that this administration has lied to the general public and has literally gotten away with murder, torture, committed war crimes, and engaged in crimes against humanity.

    Not to mention the fact that by over extending our military, and thus disabling its ability to react to other threats, our country is now more vulnerable to attacks than it has ever been.

    It is the duty of the media to hold this administration accountable by reporting the truth, and I hope that my recent subscription will encourage further efforts to bring to light the truth behind the endless amount of lies put forth by this administration.

    The Bill of Rights, not the Ten Commandments, should be on our buildings

    by chinkoPelinke on Sun Jul 03, 2005 at 10:41:37 AM PDT

  •  The Trib is an excellent paper (none)
    supporting courageous  papers is always a noble idea. However. are we not interested in the truth, is the truth not our major complaint against the government and the media? I would suggest then that WE stick scrupulously to the truth, the exact facts and refrain from "sexing up" the intelligence. For those of you who are interested in the truth about the law suit against the Trib read more here, it is not what it seems. http://www.adage.com/news.cms?newsId=45444
  •  What about the Powerline trio's employers? (none)
    Economic pressure can be a two way street . . .
    •  Their bosses are GOP too... (none)
      ...so not especially vulnerable to pressure.

      Assrocket works for a corporate law firm, Faegre & Benson; he's probably the most vulnerable.  Big Trunk is a VP at TCF, whose boss is Bill Cooper, a bigwig with the GOP.  Deacon is in tight with the RNC.

  •  I just bought an electronic subscription (none)
    This is the kind of shit that pisses me off to no end.  Keep it assholes - I'll buy 10 more.

    "Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth." -- Franklin D. Roosevelt

    by sgilman on Sun Jul 03, 2005 at 12:42:03 PM PDT

  •  The Strib is virtually the ONLY paper (4.00)
    that I never considered for targetting in my Awaken the Mainstream Media campaign. The reason is that I knew they were doing their job and would continue to do so, and therefore there was no point in urging them to do more. I will write to the paper's editor and publisher and tell them so. They may think it means little in comparison to lost subscriptions, or perhaps not, but in my eyes at least it is a mark of distinction.

    DSM Watch - Day 62: When will Bush and Cheney finally read the documents?

    by smintheus on Sun Jul 03, 2005 at 12:47:07 PM PDT

  •  I just did it (none)
    It's my hometown paper anyway but I figurd I would try the digital format to see how well it worked.

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