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    Monday, October 25, 2004

    It's a fine mess you've got 'em into this time, Alex (no, the other Alex) 

    Toledo attorney Mark Adams, the Dispassionate Liberal, has launched a letter-writing campaign to The Plain Dealer to express consternation over the possibility that the newspaper will endorse President Bush on orders from Publisher Alex Machaskee, who may override the collective decision of the PD's editorial board.

    On his Web site and with e-mails, Adams is asking that Northeast Ohioans: ``Let the staff at the Cleveland Plain Dealer know that journalistic integrity is more important than holding a grudge against Clinton and taking it out on Soon-To-Be-President Kerry. Write them RIGHT NOW and tell them that there is the overwhelming majority of the citizens of Northeast Ohio will not stand for their newspaper pushing an agenda they feel is diametrically opposed to the interest and desires of the people of Greater Cleveland.''

    It is within Machaskee's purview as publisher to hijack the endorsement process but when it happens it leaves not only the newspaper but also the community damaged, particularly one that is the poorest among the country's big cities.

    Adams' campaign is unlikely to change what is happening at the PD. Editorial departments frown upon letter-writing campaigns, even those that support their position. They seek individual thought. So the one thing people can do to make their letters and e-mails count is to write them short and from the heart. No form letters/e-mails. No language borrowed from Adams. If you care, care enough to use your own words. The contact information is as follows: Letters can be mailed to the Editor, The Plain Dealer, 1801 Superior Ave, Cleveland 44114. E-mail can be sent to letters@plaind.com. Faxes can be sent to (216) 999-6209.

    If he's good enough for The New Yorker...

    The New Yorker magazine has broken with tradition and endorsed a presidential candidate in its Nov. 1 issue, because Editor David Remnick, tells the Washington Post's Howard Kurtz ``the magazine's not a museum; it's a living thing that evolves.'' The New Yorker chose Sen. John Kerry because President Bush's record is ``one of failure, arrogance'' and ``incompetence.'' What makes this all the more interesting is that Remnick says he did not consult The New Yorker's owner Si Newhouse - yes, the same Newhouses who own The Plain Dealer.

    posted by Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal at 8:42 AM



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