This site is often a vocal critic of the Orange County Register.Ã‚Â We pick on Steve Greenhut when he calls Liberals “socialists,” we criticize their commentary on global warming and we often dispise Mike Shelton’s biased cartoons.Ã‚Â But for all the talk of how the blogsphere is changing the game, we must recognize that we bloggers rely on the Orange County Register (and the LA Times, and OCBJ, and OC Metro, and OC Weekly, and the Daily Pilot) for providing a foundation for debate and as a source of news. We need you local MSM, because without you, where would the right wing blogs in town get all their daily news roundups from?
And while a paper as Liberterian (Conservative) as the Register should not be surprised by compliants from us who’d like to see a little more (OK, a lot more)Ã‚Â ”liberal media bias,” its remarkable about the criticism the paper is getting from the Red County blog.Ã‚Â Regular criticisms of the Register’s web site (valid) to diatribes against a Steve Greenhut column on the GOP cowering to Mike Carona to a new post by Jon Flieschman today which is critical of a news story that accurately reports on GOP chairman Scott Baugh’s role as a businss consultant for CRC Health Group which owns sober living facilities.
The story is accurate, offered Newport Beach residents an opportunity to complain about Baugh’s business role with the group given their loyal support fo rthe Party and offered Baugh a chance to respond.Ã‚Â What’s the term I’m searching for…. Oh yes, “fair and balanced.”
Fleischman thinks the reporter “got played” which, in the Republican-to-English dictionary means “there’s no story here, don’t write this/or, you shouldn’t have written this, or run this by the party leadership for approval next time.”
Register reporters and editors work hard.Ã‚Â They put in well beyond an 8 hour day and often have a warmed up dinner to nosh on while the spouse is putting the kids to bed.Ã‚Â As liberals, we fight to gain the ear of the local press to hear our side of the story and report our point of view.Ã‚Â In the end, we expect fairness, not flowery coverage.Ã‚Â And while we don’t win every argument, we hope we are heard.
People love to complain about the media and newspapers in particular. And the Register is no exception.
Want to make the Register (or any local newspaper) better?Ã‚Â Read it.Ã‚Â Write letters to the editor for publication.Ã‚Â Write emails to reporters NOT for publication to complain about the story or offer a news tip that advances the story.Ã‚Â Complain about stuff you don’t like but praise the stuff you do.Ã‚Â Lend your name to your communications. Be an active consumer of the news.Ã‚Â
I used to be a Republican; so I can understand how tough its been for them to read the Register since Mike Carona’s indictment on federal corruption charges.Ã‚Â And with the indictment came lots of questions: why didn’t Tony Rack go after him? Why won’t Carona resign?Ã‚Â Why did the Supes allow rule changes so Carona could appoint his cronies to top spots in the Deparmtent? The local MSM is doing its very best impression of Scott Moxley and is holding up Republican political leaders to the scrutiny they deserve. Keep at it please.