The South County Progressives are an active club of Democrats, progressives and liberals. In an email annoucning their summer picnic, they announced a petition for the new owners of the Orange County Register calling for more editorial balance (or less hard core right wing points of view while demonizing those on the left).
Here’s their message. If you agree, send an email to the group’s organizers at SCNJ66@yahoo.com and join the petition:
Please Sign a Petition
The big news is the sale of the Orange County Register to Aaron Kushner, Stanford grad and head of Boston investment group 2100 Trust. Freedom Communications is now out of the picture, and it is possible that the newspaper will come up with a new look, new people, and a fresh editorial policy. For several years, our group has talked about how to get a newspaper in this area with balanced coverage, not just extremist views from the right. This is a great opportunity to chip in to welcome the new owners and to ask for more balanced and professional news coverage. Mr. Kushner has already stated that his group is dedicated “enhancing and enriching the integral relationship that its newspapers have with their local communities through a dedication to rich content and quality reporting.” To that end, could we ask everyone to sign the following letter to be sent to Aaron Kushner. Just put your first name (or initial), last name, and city of residence. No address or phone number necessary. We will put everyone’s name in alpha order. Could you please do this right away so we can send the letter out in a few days? Just a quick note with your name and town does the trick. And please also indicate if you might be coming to the picnic. Respond to:
We the undersigned welcome the new owners of the Orange County Register. We are hoping that under new leadership the newspaper will once again thrive and be a resource for the community. In recent years the reputation of the OCR has suffered because of its strident editorial pages which often represent extreme political views which are not representative of its readership area. We are hoping that you will provide an entirely new look for the OCR, one with balance and thoughtful commentary. Whether it is the editorials, Op-Ed, or letters to the editor, the OCR needs more balance and more diversity. We look forward to a new and more professional Orange County Register closely aligned to your stated mission to enhance and enrich your relationship with local communities through a dedication to rich content and quality reporting.