Douglas MacKinnon

The abrupt closing of The Rocky Mountain News seems to have finally gotten the attention of many in the newspaper business. Sadly, too late to save what was once a noble profession.

Recently, a friend of mine who is a self-described liberal editor at a major newspaper in the United States, explained to me one of the reasons why the major dailies started their death spiral a number of years ago. “So many of my colleagues put their far-left ideology before the bottom line and the financial health of the very newspaper that pays them. In still what is basically a 50/50 nation politically, they have gleefully delivered insults onto the front porches of conservatives and centrists and were thrilled when those from the center or center-right would call to cancel their subscriptions to the paper.”

Every day, we see, hear and read of liberal newspapers like The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and The Philadelphia Inquirer teetering on the brink of extinction. How should conservatives or centrists feel about these far-left editors and reporters losing their jobs?

Should we feel pity? Should we coldly point out -- as my liberal editor friend does -- that these editors and reporters, because of their almost open hatred of all things conservative, are themselves responsible for their unemployment and pending financial problems? Leaving aside the growing list of “journalists” joining the Obama administration, as their less fortunate far-left colleagues hit the unemployment line in tough economic times, should we remind them that they were and are partially responsible for the economic crisis which is preventing them from finding a new job?

The economy, much like the political process, is driven in part by perception. These liberal editors and reporters certainly understood that. For much of the last three years, they did everything in their power to talk down the American economy in a blatant attempt to ensure the election of a democrat in the 2008 presidential election. From one end of the nation to the other, liberal newspapers and television networks would unleash their Chicken Littles to proclaim that the sky was falling and only Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama could save us. When the economy imploded in mid-September of 2008, they piled on even more to help push Obama over the finish line.

Douglas MacKinnon

Douglas MacKinnon is a former White House and Pentagon official and author of The Secessionist States of America. (Skyhorse Publishing, 2014)

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