Sunday, September 28, 2008

Daly on the role of the press in Progressive Land

Supervisor Daly's sneer at the Examiner in his latest blog post (below in italics) reveals what he thinks the role of the press should be here in Progressive Land. Most of all it should be in "touch" with "most San Franciscans. After all, as he notes, Democratic nominees in previous elections buried their Republican opponents. So the moral of the story is...what exactly? That the Examiner should get with the prog program and renounce its right-wing editorial principles? I agree with Daly in opposing the awful McCain/Palin and supporting Obama/Biden, since, like Daly, I'm a Democrat. (Which goes to show that the Democratic Party's big tent is big enough to contain Rob Anderson and Chris Daly!)

Daly of course likes the SF Bay Guardian, since it's the house organ of city progs, "our weekly newspaper" as he calls it on his blogroll, which also includes Left in SF, Fog City Journal, and the ultra-left Independent Media Center. Daly probably doesn't realize it, but the so-called alternative media---including in particular the Guardian---in SF is pretty bad, which is one reason the city's left is so poorly informed, while, at the same time, being smug and self-righteous.

If there was ever any question about how out of touch Philip Anschutz and his San Francisco Examiner are with most San Franciscans…The Examiner endorses McCain-Palin Just for a little perspective, in 2000, George Bush received 51,367 San Francisco votes to Al Gore’s 240,935. In 2004, Bush received 54,355 to John Kerry’s 296,772. This February, there were 25,067 Republican votes for President to the Democrats 213,693. Of those, Barack Obama received 112,107, and the Examiner’s “Maverick” received a whopping 13,398 San Francisco votes! In other words, in both Republican-Democrat and McCain-Obama head-to-heads, the Examiner’s team came in just over 10%.

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