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This is a short, but not very sweet diary. It concerns the use of one of the oldest daily newspapers in the country and its owner's penchant for changing a bastion of respectible journalism into his own private religious/republican forum.

I write in protest of Brian Tierney giving his Episcopal Academy alum and torture advocate buddy John Yoo carte blanche to further his cover-up activities and allowing him to defend his torture legalisms in the Currents section of this morning's Sunday Inquirer.

The Philadelphia Inquirer has a long and respected history of objective journalism. However, ever since Tierney's Philadelphia Media Holdings took control of the Inquirer and its sister paper the Daily News, Philadelphia has been inundated with an editorial barage from the right, namely Rick Santorum, Charles Krauthammer and John Yoo. Today's editorial comes from John Yoo in his defense of his illegal legalisms about the CIA.

Mr. Yoo's column is titled "History Shows Targeting the CIA is Perilous Move". What he's really writing is everything he does and writes is righteous and legal, and anyone who thinks otherwise "decimate the intelligence agencies" or as he ends the column "Prosecuting the CIA risks another surprise attack or major intelligence failure". It seems to me he is using the common republican, neo-con weapon, FEAR!!!!!
I stopped reading and purchasing the Inquirer when it became clear, Tierney was turning the paper into his own Catholic/conservative forum from which he can proselytize to the Philadelphia area readership. My wife still buys the paper at my chagrin, but when she was reading the Currents section and I noticed the column while she was reading, I told her to look at the column. She did, then handed it to me, then she gathered up the rest of the Sunday paper before she even read the front page section and threw the entire paper into the recycle bin. She then acknowledged my correctness for the first time in the 51 years we've been together. She said, "you're right, no more Inquirer". Actually, I think I have to thank Tierney for giving Yoo the space for the column. Hell has frozen over, my wife finally agrees with me.

Originally posted to tazz on Sun Sep 13, 2009 at 10:13 AM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (9+ / 0-)

    A man's only as old as the woman he feels. Groucho

    by tazz on Sun Sep 13, 2009 at 10:13:03 AM PDT

  •  Eww! Yoo's title sounds like a veiled threat (4+ / 0-)
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    tazz, leonard145b, luckylizard, Oh Mary Oh

    He knows that the investigation will eventually lead to him and his cohorts. Blech! Good to know that the Philadelphia Enquirer is a gorn rag. Cheers.

    Cheney tortured detainees to elicit false justifications for invading Iraq.

    by ericlewis0 on Sun Sep 13, 2009 at 10:19:51 AM PDT

  •  This dude is commiting economic suicide (4+ / 0-)

    Look at the demographics of Philadelphia:

    As of the 2005-2007 American Community Survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, White Americans made up 42.7% of Philadelphia's population; of which 39.4% were non-Hispanic whites. Blacks or African Americans made up 43.8% of Philadelphia's population; of which 43.0% were non-Hispanic blacks. American Indians made up 0.2% of the city's population. Asian Americans made up 5.4% of the city's population. Pacific Islander Americans made up less than 0.1% of the city's population. Individuals from some other race made up 6.2% of the city's population; of which 0.4% were non-Hispanic. Individuals from two or more races made up 1.6% of the city's population; of which 1.2% were non-Hispanic. In addition, Hispanics and Latinos made up 10.3% of Philadelphia's population.

    Does spraying right-wing bullshit seem like a winning strategy for that demographic?

    •  That's not his purpose (0+ / 0-)

      I think he's willing to take the paper down, it's all about spreading his gospel.

      A man's only as old as the woman he feels. Groucho

      by tazz on Sun Sep 13, 2009 at 11:33:34 AM PDT

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      •  As I said in another thread: (1+ / 0-)
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        agnostic

        time is on our side...

      •  The fall of the newspaper industry (2+ / 0-)
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        tazz, Oh Mary Oh

        is scary. Papers used to keep government in check. Now, after massive job cuts, consolidations, corporate mergers, and lowering of quality, they have managed to take a floundering industry and put it on life support during a power failure, with no back-up electricity.

        Case in point, the TribCo mess.  Sam Zell gambled with other people's money, and lost big. He lost money on the Cubs sale, on Wrigley, and on his beloved ChiTrib (and others). In the process, he turned a still respectable paper into a pseudo comic strip, a 4th grade, boring, mindless collection of pap.

        It is no longer recognizable as a newspaper, much less one of the more powerful newspapers in the country. They can't even cover local government faithfully anymore, which has brought cheers from our local pols, and jeers from the rest of us.

        Sports? sure. News? waste of time.

        Sad to see that happen to Phili. Especially at the hands of a christian crusader.

        What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

        by agnostic on Sun Sep 13, 2009 at 12:55:24 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

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