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May 04, 2005

The So-Called Liberal Media

David and Andrew over at Northwest Progressive Institute are rightfully and eloquenty annoyed that Tim Eyman can still garner huge amounts of free media coverage, (five op-eds in three days!) even though he no longer appears to have much sway with the public.

Eyman doesn't deserve any of this. He's accomplished nothing during the last two to three years, and yet he is treated by editorial page editors like royalty.

The state's op-ed pages can do better. Tim is less than a mediocre writer - he's a pitiful, lousy writer. His columns are nothing more than recycled talking points from his e-mails coupled with ranting and rambling at the courage of elected officials to do what it takes to tackle our state's toughest problems.

The newspaper editors that printed Tim's columns should be ashamed for falling over each other and giving Tim space to write column after column. Three of the papers even ran the same column - one of Tim's rehashed e-mails.

While we're on this topic, I thought I'd share this advice from the Seattle Times Company for op-ed writers:

DON'T submit the same piece to different papers at the same time. Editors hate to see a piece on their desk appear in a nearby paper. As a general rule, ride one horse at a time.

Apparently, that isn't true because three different editors for three different newspapers each approved Tim's rehashed email as a column in their respective newspapers.

Well said, guys.  I look forward to reading your op-eds in print Real Soon Now.

Posted by Jon Stahl on May 4, 2005 at 09:04 PM in Media | Permalink

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