Perhaps it's the rag's insecurity... perhaps it's the pathological nature of their power trip... but every once and awhile they try to bolster their non-existent credibility with columns like the one sent to me today...
Jayne: We’re proud to serve the governed, not the governors
... but the last thing the daily democrat does is to "serve the governed."
Every time the Democratian has lied, either by commission or omission, they've only served themselves and the special interests who own them.
Every time they've attacked those wise enough to disagree with them, they've only served themselves and the special interests who own them.
Every time they engage in their double standard, they only serve themselves and the special interests who own them.
This same rag has lied when, for example, they've quoted Thomas Jefferson:
"I am not among those who fear the people. They, and not the rich, are our dependence for continued freedom."No one group of people is more terrified of the people than this blight on journalism.
My meager effort here is replete with their editorials trashing our efforts to allow the people to vote... on ANYTHING the democratian supports.
They supported Vancouver's effort to sue to keep the Pollard Hilton off the ballot. They repeatedly trashed county-wide advisory ballots when offered as the ONLY way to determine the true will of the people; and they certainly trashed the idea... for years... of allowing us to have ANY say at the ballot box on the insanity of the CRC/Loot Rail rip off.
If that isn't "fear of the people..." then I don't know what is.
It's all well and good to cherry pick the noble words of others while ignoring the brutal words of, say, Thomas Jefferson when he's figured it out, such as:
1. “The most effectual engines for [pacifying a nation] are the public papers... [A despotic] government always [keeps] a kind of standing army of newswriters who, without any regard to truth or to what should be like truth, [invent] and put into the papers whatever might serve the ministers. This suffices with the mass of the people who have no means of distinguishing the false from the true paragraphs of a newspaper.”
2. “I deplore... the putrid state into which our newspapers have passed and the malignity, the vulgarity, and mendacious spirit of those who write for them... These ordures are rapidly depraving the public taste and lessening its relish for sound food.”
3. “‘From forty years' experience of the wretched guess-work of the newspapers of what is not done in open daylight, and of their falsehood even as to that, I rarely think them worth reading, and almost never worth notice.”
4. “Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle. The real extent of this state of misinformation is known only to those who are in situations to confront facts within their knowledge with the lies of the day.”
5. “As for what is not true, you will always find abundance in the newspapers.”
6. “A coalition of sentiments is not for the interest of printers… [T]he printers can never leave us in a state of perfect rest and union of opinion. They would be no longer useful and would have to go to the plough.”
7. "I really look with commiseration over the great body of my fellow citizens who, reading newspapers, live and die in the belief that they have known something of what has been passing in the world in their time…”
8. “A truth now and then projecting into the ocean of newspaper lies serves like headlands to correct our course. Indeed, my scepticism as to everything I see in a newspaper makes me indifferent whether I ever see one.”
9. “The man who never looks into a newspaper is better informed than he who reads them, inasmuch as he who knows nothing is nearer to truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.”
10. “From a very early period of my life, I had laid it down as a rule of conduct, never to write a word for the public papers.”
To me, this is just the opening salvo of their effort to try and build some semblance of credibility before they begin their biannual process to get the people THEY want elected or reeclected, not because they are the best selection and most closely reflect the will of the people they would represent; but instead, because they most closely reflect and support that mainly idiotic agenda of this divisive and hate-filled rag.
And it's not like they don't know what they're doing: one of their own reporters wrote an article on the subject two decades ago:
NEWSPAPERS TRY TO REGAIN CREDIBILITY WITH READERS
The Columbian (Vancouver, WA)
July 28, 1997 | MIKE FEINSILBER | Copyright
WASHINGTON -- Would you believe this?
A lot of editors worry that you wouldn't -- that people are less willing these days to believe what they read in the newspapers.
They fear that, for a variety of reasons, newspapers are suffering a crisis in credibility, losing the irreplaceable asset of believability. The press has a lot to worry about these days: stagnant circulation, too few young readers, the Internet's threat to the lucrative classified advertising business. Still, many industry executives put the decline in newspaper credibility they see at the top of their list of woes. "When you have national poll numbers that say half the public believes your reports are unfactual, then I view it as a serious problem," said Sandra Mims Rowe, editor of The Oregonian in Portland and president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors. …
Maybe... just maybe... it's because when the mood strikes them, they lie.
Possibly... just possibly... it's because they let the few remaining minimum wage reporters they have actually present leftist opinion... theirs... as if it were news.(And let's face it: if you're not a leftist, do you think, for one minute, that Lefty Lou would have hired you?)
And since those days where rags like our local cancer didn't engage in an effort to shape public opinion into what THEY want for their own nefarious reasons are long since past... if they ever existed... THAT is what Justice Black was referring to when he uttered the self-serving words quoted by this embarrassment to SW Washington as if they had integrity, honor and truth on their side:
“In the First Amendment the Founding Fathers gave the free press the protection it must have to fulfill its essential role in our democracy. The press was to serve the governed, not the governors.”Had Justice Black been reduced to reading this horrific cardboard cutout of our local newspaper, you can rest assured that those words never would have been uttered without modification to include the responsibility of the media to tell the entire unvarnished, unbiased truth.
As long as these scum support the governors and their agenda... as they have proven time and again they have and do... then this statement... that they support the governed... is just another in the series of thousands of lies they've told and continue to tell, under the false blanket of a freedom of the press which they believe entitles them to say whatever they want, however and whenever they want to say it.
Just like the Soviet newspaper, Pravda Izvestia. Just like the main Nazi Germany newspaper, The Völkischer Beobachter.
The methods and motivations of these publications are the same. The subjects are, of course, different... but they were all a reflection of the leftist governments that supported them.
When, for example, this county's commission was controlled by conservatives, this wart on the English Language savagely attacked those in charge with a reeking double standard that has left a noticeable stench in the vicinity of the palace the city wound up ripping off the taxpayers for because city hall was old and the rag, rightfully, was broke.
Attacks every day, all day. Massive support for this horrific, anti-democratic county charter that was implemented for one reason and one reason only... a reason at first denied by this steaming pile of crap... and then finally, before that scam of an election, admitted to by Lyin' Lefty Lou Brancaccio.
For Jayne to try and sell this crap, now, makes zero particular sense. Anyone who knows this rag knows what it is and who they are. And no amount of this self-flagellation and appeal to higher authority... particularly when they're long dead and frequently, like Mr. Jefferson, seemed to share a contrary view of the value of this nest of lies.... will ever change that.