Letters to the Editor - Portland Press Herald Bias Exposed

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Sorry....thanks for the update.

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Since May 1: Letters to the EditorAttacking President Bush: 60 Supporting President Bush: 7 Attacking John Kerry: 4 Supporing John Kerry: 5 This is a thread I intend to keep updated until Election Day. Its purpose is to cause great shame and embarrassment to the Portland Press Herald - to expose their propoganda disguised as journalism.At some recent Republican meetings, it was discussed how letters sent in supporting the President or having a conservative point of view are ignored by the Portland Press Herald. Someone had an idea of keeping track of the letters, so I can't take credit for it, but I will do it.[ 05-12-2004: Message edited by: TonyO ][ 05-13-2004: Message edited by: TonyO ][ 05-13-2004: Message edited by: TonyO ][ 05-16-2004: Message edited by: TonyO ][ 05-17-2004: Message edited by: TonyO ][ 05-18-2004: Message edited by: TonyO ][ 05-19-2004: Message edited by: TonyO ][ 05-20-2004: Message edited by: TonyO ][ 05-21-2004: Message edited by: TonyO ]

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Ask at the next meeting how many present have written. I would bet there are at least a few. :D[ 05-11-2004: Message edited by: James ]

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You know, with random observation, I was thinking that's all I saw. Maybe everyone in their readership is anti-Bush?Presumably you have made this known to the PPH. Did they respond?I've written over the years... I think one was published... and it was edited.I will say that they have published at least few letters critical of the goings on in Augusta.P.S. Thanks for the post, and thank you for keeping track.[ 05-11-2004: Message edited by: billPhillips ]

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[b]Freedom of the Press[/b] is exactly that. Many Americans believe that the press is somehow obligated by law to be fair, accurate, truthful, balanced, give both sides, provide “equal time”...That is not the case at all! The [b]Bill of Rights[/b] says that the central government will not interfere with a Free Press. So [b]Freedom of the Press[/b] means that if you have a press, you can pretty much print/say/show what you want (as long as it’s not porn, etc.) The Portland Press Herald is under no obligation to print one positive letter or story about President George W. Bush. [i]And they don’t. [/i]

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quote:Originally posted by Martin:
[b]The Portland Press Herald is under no obligation to print one positive letter or story about President George W. Bush. [i]And they don’t. [/i][/b]

Absolutely true. They do, however, have an obligation not to lie like a rug about the policy.I have told this story before. The Portland Socialist holds annual meetings of it's editorial board around the state. Two years ago, before the election, I attended this meeting and asked why the paper only printed letters supportive of democrat candidates and others they liked. The response from the letters editor was that they received very few letters from republicans or conservatives. She even had the nerve to ask for more letters.The next day I went to the city republican meeting. I stood up and asked for people to write. The crowd looked at me like I was an idiot, and I was. I took in the scene and then asked how many present had in fact written letters within the last month and not had them printed. 8 hands went up.Sorry, if the paper is going to be the official propaganda arm of the democrat party, they should stop lying about it and simply fess up. I have had success with letters but I have to badger and shame them into doing their job. ;)

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In the old days it was common for a city to have two major newspapers, one with one political leaning, the other with the opposite. A common phrase was "read the other guys paper to see what he's up to." There was nothing wrong with this system because if you wanted the truth of a matter, read both and split the differenceThen people stopped reading newspapers and many dried up, leaving most cities with one paper that still has a bias, but no longer claims to.But, now we have the internet. It will not be all that long before we return to the old system in full force and printed newspapers will be a thing of the past.

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Hell, I don't even want them to "fess up." I just want everyone to know how biased they are!"Yo! What Left Wing media bias?" This is precisely why ABC, NBC, CBS, etc. are losing viewers, while FoxNews is skyrocketing!As yet there is no viable alternative to PPH/MST... hopefully, eventually, there will be.... but sure would make it easier if they'd simply change their name to Pravda!

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(1) I have written a number of letters to the Lewiston Sun-Journal and they have printed them intact but for one. That one was in response to a letter from Bates Dean Jim Carignan. I suggested that they were all sitting around on his front porch in Harpswell, holding hands and singing "Kumbaya, My Lord, Kumbaya". The editors didn't like that line. :D (2) When I ran for State Senate, a number of people on this board tried to submit letters in support and were rejected because they weren't local residents. The first of this election cycles many "We should be happy we have Peggy Rotundo as our State Senator" came from a person in Greenwood, Maine. Last I looked, Greenwood is up by West Paris. :cool: Tony... Nice project. It will be really interesting to see the results next November.[ 05-11-2004: Message edited by: Bob Stone ]

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I think James is right. If some in the media want to be the propaganda division of the Democrat party they have every right to, but they ought to have the decency to admit it.

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not buying the newspaper doesn't seem to have any effect on the PPH. I stopped it several years ago and when they call to try an get my subscription I tell them they're too liberal but they don't change.. It's like that book "Bias". They live in their own little world and think anyone who doesn't believe as they do is some 'RIGHT WING RELIGIOUS KOOK".

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How many other non-elective jobs can you get paid well to push your ideology? Newspapers, teachers, clergy....Bork called them the "attitude formation" industry.

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attitude formation, when done well, is a good thing for society.

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quote:Originally posted by polarbear:
[b]not buying the newspaper doesn't seem to have any effect on the PPH. I stopped it several years ago and when they call to try an get my subscription I tell them they're too liberal but they don't change.. It's like that book "Bias". They live in their own little world and think anyone who doesn't believe as they do is some 'RIGHT WING RELIGIOUS KOOK".[/b]

Ditto for me with the Baldacci Daily News. My wife got a subscription call last week. She gave the caller the "You're too liberal" speech. A supervisor came on the line and actually argued with my wife (not a good idea BTW). My wife calmly reminded the supervisor that they had called us - not the other way around. It would appear that maybe, just maybe, the bot($$)tom line is getting low. Keep up the good work. Let the market decide. :D

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On the PPH Editorial page they state they have a weekly meeting at lunchtime. Maybe a few of you ought to attend.I asked one of the PPH editors once why they ran such a Left Mix of letters, they stated they DID NOT RECEIVE any form the other side.Perhaps an alternative place to post such letters that are submitted would cause some shame to the PPH.Consider the source..Ed

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Me too....thanks a heap for doing this.mel

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quote:Originally posted by hubertfinch:
[b]attitude formation, when done well, is a good thing for society.[/b]

'And I get to judge what is "done well?"

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Tony O:I sent a quick note to Jeannine Guttman regarding the bias and this is the reply I got from John Porter:"Thanks for this note. Letters published reflect the overall mailbag. It's simply not true that letters are being ignored because of their content.
I'm sure I'll address this at least once, probably more, in my column before the election.- John "There are several possibilities, (1)people who say they are writing, actually don't, or (2) The PPH and John Porter, et al are lying. I have sent many letters to the PPH and most are published if they are written well, are not too long, do not violate the PPH 30 day rule or are too personal about a public person. My suggestion is tell people to give you a copy of the letter and then see if it is worthy of publication. I can't write one just now as they recently published one. Gotta wait the required 30 days. If you have hard proof that letters are being ignored, then go to their editorial meeting and confront them.

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The point is that we are out gunned. The liberals work harder and write more letters. It is obvious in my dealing with the public that the liberals are much more active and much more vocal. If we are ever to gain ground we must do the same. Yes there are a few conservos who work very hard but you can count most of them on one hand. And there is the obvious limit beyond which a conservo will not go that the other side does not limit themselves too. The liberals are smaller in number but we lay down and let them run roughshod over us like the sheeple.

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Want some cheese with all this WHINE..?

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quote:Originally posted by Martin:
[b][b]Freedom of the Press[/b] is exactly that. Many Americans believe that the press is somehow obligated by law to be fair, accurate, truthful, balanced, give both sides, provide “equal time”...That is not the case at all! The [b]Bill of Rights[/b] says that the central government will not interfere with a Free Press...[/b]

Maybe so, but they are oblligated by definition:Median, medium, mediator, mediastinum...."media" literally means "in the middle."

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quote:There are several possibilities, (1)people who say they are writing, actually don't, or (2) The PPH and John Porter, et al are lying.

I know John fairly well. I do not believe he is lying. We live in the most liberal region of this state and the Press Herald is the most liberal paper in the state. It is natural for liberals to write to a paper that is friendly to their views.Every piece I have ever written for the Press Herald has been printed.I usually call and let them know whats on my mind and ask how long it should be. If provocative enough, they turn it into a guest column.I am not defending the bias, I am merely stating that based on my knowledge of Porter, I don't believe he lies, nor would he have any reason to do so.They are the only game in town

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quote:Originally posted by Ray Richardson:
[b]...They are the only game in town[/b]

My concern is, are they--the liberal, mo' government folks--destined to become the only game in the State? Like D.C., the only people that can afford to live here are on welfare, the whole State dependent on Federal largesse.

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Ray...Now that we have our liberal-o-meters out, the needle is pinned all the way over to the left when I look at the Sun-Journal.We've all heard of beisbol pitchers who are "sneaky fast", right? Well, the Sun-Journal is "sneaky left". There is no more liberal area in Maine than Lewiston. Look at who they send to Augusta every election.

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quote:Originally posted by Gaffer:
[b]Tony O:I sent a quick note to Jeannine Guttman regarding the bias and this is the reply I got from John Porter:"Thanks for this note. Letters published reflect the overall mailbag. It's simply not true that letters are being ignored because of their content.
I'm sure I'll address this at least once, probably more, in my column before the election.- John "There are several possibilities, (1)people who say they are writing, actually don't, or (2) The PPH and John Porter, et al are lying. I have sent many letters to the PPH and most are published if they are written well, are not too long, do not violate the PPH 30 day rule or are too personal about a public person. My suggestion is tell people to give you a copy of the letter and then see if it is worthy of publication. I can't write one just now as they recently published one. Gotta wait the required 30 days. If you have hard proof that letters are being ignored, then go to their editorial meeting and confront them.[/b]

Gaffer, I have done that. They lie to your face. I have submitted scores of letters meeting their standards (and note the abuse and length requirements do not apply to leftie letters)and had them ignored.I went to another of their public meetings and read the letters I had submitted to them. They ignore them because they do not like the content.If you doubt me, try getting a hard hitting letter criticising Tom Allen published. :eek:

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Bill, there is probably no objective standard if it is done well, but surely you can't argue that it's good for society if most people come to believe the same thing on a few choice issues, ranging from understanding the constitution and its design of limited government to believing that it is the wiseman who drives on the right side of the road, no matter what the latest trend in London is.

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Here is an excerpt from a letter published today: "We are in Iraq only to slake our president's blood lust to take out Hussein." Yes - very fair and balanced.

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Updated 05/16.

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quote: Yes - very fair and balanced.

I never said they were "fair or balanced" I merely stated that from my personal knowledge of John Porter, I do not believe he lies to support his position.He is as passionate about what he believes as I am about what I believe. In that regard, I admire him.I do not, however, agree with his stance on issues.The Press Herald Opinion Page is primarily a vehicle for liberal rants. Is that the fault of the paper or the fault of those who give up and choose not to contribute because they believe it will not be published.I am not referring to the people on AMG who are using a forum to get their message out (seen by a quarter million people a month)I am referring to those who are angry and see nothing but liberal rants in the paper and assume they will not be allowed to participate.Again, Porter and Harmon have published every piece I have ever sent them. I call them ahead of time and let them know it is coming and craft its size to their requirements.Ray

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I think the PPH's letter to the editor publishing is actually pretty even handed. I've submitted half a dozen + over the past few years and they've all been published. Not in a timely fashion in my opinion, but published.None were in line with their editorial position, by the way.Just submitted another, we'll see.charlie

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Here's all you peoples chance to change things at PPH. The editors piece today said they were taking names for their Community Council. I was on it several years ago as a pro gun conservative and it helps your perspective. You can nominate your self by sending an E-mail or telephoning Kim Clifford. The address is kclifford@pressherald.com or 791-6485. Lets see how well you do at making the PPH a conservative newspaper.

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