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Journalism Professor to Messenger: Stop Being “Divisive”

November 30th, 2007 by mopns · No Comments

Rhetorica: Press-Politics Journal:

Editorial Page Editor Tony Messenger has been working hard to beef up the community conversation in the Voices section of the print product. The section is robust, enlightening, infuriating, maddening, and delicious. The web portion must expand on this. Being interactive is a given.

Here’s what I propose: Stop with the divisive and oh-so-typical right-left dichotomy and create a single, community political blog with the same contributors. This would allow for more cross conversation. And it would properly allow all the complication and nuance of the bloggers’ positions to be understood by readers outside of a confining frame, i.e. one might read an opinion a bit differently if not slapped with a (tired) political label. Read more…



Tags: Media Bias · Tony Messenger

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  • 1 The Truth // Nov 30, 2007 at 11:23 am

    Tony Messenger is a Democratic hack plain and simple. He hates the governor and resents his success and it is deploarable that the News-Leader is letting him use their pages to assault him day after day. Messenger is so far to the left of his readers on every issue it’s amazing he’s still employed. When he’s not attacking Blunt he’s wanning for Columbia or Colorado. Time for a regime change at the SNL!

  • 2 dr.cline // Nov 30, 2007 at 3:41 pm

    I wonder how well the tone of your headline fits the tone of my post.

  • 3 Jim Byrne // Dec 3, 2007 at 9:09 am

    Dr. Cline,

    I must agree with you. The headline in no way fits the tone of your post.

    I know Scooter has had a little help lately, so it is possible that one of them may have decided to develope the politically motivated headline. It is also possible that Scooter was just having a bad day. Scooter usually publishes the story as it is, without expressing bias.

    I understand the concept that you were attempting to convey, and I concur. Put it on the blog. Let it be politically motivated as you want and then let the readers start the battle. I think the whole left-right concept was doomed for failure from the beginning. It was easy to find at its inception, but lack of support has caused it to be removed from a position on the website that would provide for easy access.

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