12 Years Later…

Today, I — very reluctantly – cancelled my subscription to the OC Register. 

I love newspapers.  I truly do. 

But there’s a mindset on Grand Avenue that refuses to acknowledge the 500,000 registered Democrats in this county, many of them proud liberals, by continuing to use nothing but conservative and liberatian columnists in the editorial/opinion pages.  And despite the space limitations one writer mentioned to me at the FreedomPolitics blog launch, well, we Liberals get no love online either. 

It’s high time the Register considers the half-million of us in this county instead of the 80,000 registered Libertarians in the state.

A newspaper needs to reflect the values of the community it serves.  The New York Times has conservative columnists.  Newsweek has conservative columnists.  The LA Times has conservative columnists.  The Wall Street Journal runs liberal columns regularly.  I understand the Register has a right-center voice, but when the only bone thrown to those with a center-left view is a “Reader Rebuttal,” its time to move on. 

Freedom isn’t just defined by how little taxes you pay or how involved government is in our daily lives.  I can define what freedom is to me without the Register’s help.

  9 comments for “12 Years Later…

  1. duplojohn
    July 1, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    That’ll show em!

  2. Dan Chmielewski
    July 1, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    actually, no. It won’t.

  3. CJ`
    July 1, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    If there are 500,000 Democrats in Orange County and if most buy and read the Register then I suggest we all cancel our subscriptions at once. The Register would no doubt go out of business and we would be rid of this rag. Hey, let’s all cancel on July 4th. What a statement on Independence Day 2009.

  4. Dan Chmielewski
    July 1, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    There are 500,000 Democrats in OC and their numbers are increasing; the Register’s circulation still makes it one of the top 25 papers in the country. There are considerably more Republicans in OC. The paper’s circulation is in the low 200K range, meaning its has circulation about 2.5 times that of Libertarian Party registration statewide. Perhaps more Republicans ought to buy it. I will miss reading Luann in the morning. But it would be nice to see “Doonesbury” in the paper.

  5. CJ
    July 2, 2009 at 4:14 am

    Dear Dan,
    Sounds like you are defending this neo-con rag. If you want the funnies read a comic book. Two shock jocks on KFI can rally thousands to make or kill an issue, why can’t 500,000 Democrats put this rag out of business. I would imagine that the OC Register is in the top 25 papers in the country. The print media is dropping like flies. Have you seen the Register’s Monday morning edition? Looks like a throw away local coupon paper. Truth be told, if only 5,000 subscribers dropped this paper they would be roadkill. Oh, by the way, congratulations on cancelling your subscription. One down and 499,999 more to go.

  6. Dan Chmielewski
    July 2, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    I would love to put together a group to buy the Irvine World News; and restore its format and coverage from before the Register owned it. There’s a strong enough ad base to support good local journalism. I’d also make sure we had pages in Spanish, Korean, and Farsi.

    Please; if you’re turning to John and Ken for information, you’re woefully uninformed. How quickly did these guys break their pledge to stop reading the LA Times after the “gropenator” stories appeared about Arnold in 2003? I don’t think they made it to Halloween …

  7. CJ
    July 2, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    With all due respect you missed the point: John and Ken are shock jocks, not credible sources of information.
    AND no, I am not “uniformed.” The Register is a neo-con rag. I hope others did not misunderstand me as it seems you did, Dan. Have a wonderful holiday.

  8. Dan Chmielewski
    July 2, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    You’re right CJ; I read your comment too quickly. Sorry about that. You’d be surprised at how many of my conservative friends and neighbors simply repeat talking points they hear on Fox and Rush.

  9. CJ
    July 2, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    Actually, I am not surprised. These are the folks that are uninformed and not willing to find the facts for themselves. It is easier to drink the kool aid.

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