Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Sharpie-Gate in not Journalism

This was submitted in the Baytown Sun September 11th issue of the Baytown Sun. Note this is the 9-11 anniversary, but this cartoon was more important.

The Baytown Sun management really came out providing a valuable opinion on a timely issue - this "biggie story" Sharpie-gate! Using what appeared to be a self-made Presidential stupidness-scale as a guide, they declared the “fiasco has gone on long enough”. If they really believe this, why write more on the subject? Did they find something really earth-shattering to inform us Baytownians? I thought we have Washington politics covered in about a thousand other outlets, so why once again is this in our paper?

How about editorials about Baytown politics and our issues? The good Lord knows there is fodder enough for actual local journalism rather than copy and paste opinions off the Internet. I suspect the majority of the Sun’s subscribers have already locked into a political party and the choices are so wide, nothing will budge a voter to change.
 

What we as subscribers need is what goes on here in our city.

With newspapers failing around the world, our Baytown Sun needs to stop choosing sides over silly editorials and write about our city. 

My opinion is the paper is so out of touch with its readership, that in the ten years I wrote for the Sun, none of the clerks knew who I was when I visited AND when asked, they admitted they did not read the paper or my column!


“Sharpie-gate is simply politically motivated obfuscation to justify a serious mistake by Trump”.

 
The dubious photo
The last sentence of the editorial is the most perplexing because Conservatives have learned that no amount of apologies or concessions would allow Trump to move on in the eyes of the Liberals. Their goal is resistance regardless. They are looking at losing the next election, so their only recourse will be to up the violence and destructive Constitutional behavior and make living in this country worse.



In other words, nothing the man does will get the nod of approval from the Liberal Socialist-driven agenda they want to cram down everyone's throat.



They will not be happy as long as any Republican or non-Liberal sits in the big chair. Then they will reach back and blame, Trump, then Bush, then... This “editorial” on Sharpie-gate is simply politically motivated obfuscation to justify a Liberal agenda by our local media. It is yet another example that what this city really needs is a newspaper that is more concerned with Baytown and the surrounding areas than anything all of us can pull off the Internet.
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