Today our local newspaper printed an AP story about Romney addressing the NAACP. There was quite the controversy about that. Some people opined that Romney and his Mormon faith were too “white” to speak at a black event. Of course that’s not racist at all, move along, nothing to see here.
But Mr. Romney went anyway. He knows he’s not going to change many minds there. He knows that 95% of blacks voted for Obama and probably will again. Romney also knows that the president of the United States is the president of everyone in those states, not just the members of his party, his religion, his ideology or his supporters. So he went.
According to our local paper Mr. Romney was not well received. They booed him because of his promise to defeat Obamacare once elected president. They murmured and whispered and were agitated just by his being in attendance. What it didn’t tell us was that Romney was cheered by the crowd for his defense of traditional marriage. That of course was not important enough to be put in the article mostly because it doesn’t fit the authors agenda. Blacks can’t be against gay marriage, that would be intolerant and we all know that minorities aren’t intolerant. It’s just we old white guys, we bitter clingers, we breeders that are hate filled, racist and intolerant.
This is why newspapers are dying. This is why when I look down the street where almost every house had a newspaper on their driveway 20 years ago, there is barely one to be seen. Not because people are too busy, not because they’d rather read it on line, but because they don’t trust what they read to be the whole truth, without agenda, without ideology, without intolerance for those who think differently than the author/editor/publisher/corporation.
“Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.”
Of course Mr. Jefferson had no idea what the press would become, but then again he distrusted a large federal government. If he could have seen today he might have suggested we are between a rock and a hard place. He’d have been right.