Commentary leans to the right
Letters to the Editor, November 8, 2010
Forgive me, I didn’t realize that Stars and Stripes was owned by Fox News.
I am stationed at Forward Operating Base Sharana in Afghanistan. As an avid newspaper reader, I went through a bit of withdrawal when I found out that there wasn’t a cable TV hookup (so no American Forces Network) at the time. However, there was Stars and Stripes — “Independent news for the U.S. military community, whenever they fight and wherever they live,” according to your advertising.
I didn’t realize that that community was Republican, Sarah Palin-loving, Barack Obama-hating and Democrat-bashing.
I realize that (according to Fox fans) some believe that mainstream news has “bias.” I understand that some believe that liberals don’t love the troops, or hate war, or don’t serve their country, or whatever other garbage right-wingers want to believe. However, as one of those “liberals” who put my name and my life where my mouth is (unlike Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, et al.), I find it a tad bit offensive that every time I pick up a Stars and Stripes I’m bombarded with more right-wing opinions.
You do realize that for every George Will and Kathleen Parker there is someone on the left who disagrees with their opinion, right?
Perhaps — as a matter of good taste, and to keep the entire military, you know, unbiased and above politics and political parties — you should print a few of those “liberal” opinion pieces. Or maybe simply stop running op-ed pieces altogether.
Those of us who can’t stand Palin on both political and reasonable principles really, really don’t need a puff piece on her, ever (“5 myths about Palin,” Perspectives, Oct. 24).
[Editorial Director Terry Leonard responds to this letter on the Editor's Notes blog.]