By whom, you ask?
By YOU, you blog-reader you.
The OWH says so in their Sunday editorial, printed big and bold.
Oh, you didn’t catch it, because it’s not offered free of charge to the online reader, like nearly every other major city newspaper? Well, then screw you (says the OWH). (Pay up ya freeloader.)
In said editorial, entitled “A tall order”, the OWH laments the fate of the modern candidate who – woe — must deal with the likes of talk-radio, cable TV “chatter” and YIKES, “web logs”! (Psst. They mean blogs.)
The bickering, maneuvering and insult- throwing leave little or no room for consideration of realistic answers or constructive compromise.
This is such a new thing in American politics, you see. Now get this:
In bygone years, principled leaders would be celebrated for seeking middle ground on divisive national issues and others would be labeled opportunists for populist stances.
Digest that for a moment.
Because, what the OWH means is that they would like to go back to a time when THEY DECIDED who the “principled leaders” are. They seek a time when THEY LABELED the “opportunist”.
They don’t like that now just anyone with a blog address or a keyboard to comment can figure it out for themselves and express it.
But the OWH goes further. You see…
In an America where governing is the goal, the aim should be progress for society, not power for parties or institutions.
Yes, and progress is defined by the Omaha World Herald monopolizing the print world for as far as they can reach. It’s celebrated, as a matter of fact, on the Front Page, above-the-fold story on the glorious career of King John Gottschalk, retiring Publisher of the OWH. (A King of Aksarben, you see.)
The story tells how when King John took the reigns of the OWH, it was just the The World Herald newspaper. But now, it’s the Omaha World-Herald Co., owner of :
- Four daily newspapers in Nebraska, including The World-Herald, and three others in Iowa.
- Twenty-one weekly community newspapers in Nebraska and Iowa.
- Direct marketing and product fulfillment companies in eight states.
- Minority ownership in the largest election-services company in the country.
Will Gottschalk be muttering “Rosebud” as he exits the premises?
And look no further than the Sunday Midlands section to find the latest example of the OWH’s desire to crown kings and princes.
Yes, it’s new columnist Robert Nelson’s column (also not available gratis to you, onliner), where Nelson pens the puffiest of pieces on the bucolic life of Professor and Mrs. Scott Kleeb of Hastings, NE.
So get this line from Nelson:
The top potential Democratic candidates (for U.S. Senate) are now Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey and Kleeb, who burst onto the national political scene with his spirited near-win last year in Nebraska’s ultra-Republican 3rd Congressional District.
Near win! Near win???
Can we yell this loud and freaking clear: Kleeb lost by TEN PERCENT! By nearly twenty thousand votes. In the year of the Democrat, when a Jim Esch who had no money and nearly zero media got 45% as well, please, puhleeeze stop trying to convince us that the Adrian Smith-Scott Kleeb race was NOT a blow-out. Anyone who can COUNT should be outraged by such witless palaver.
Of course, we all remember that the OWH endorsed Kleeb against Smith. And so did Gottschalk’s’ boy Bob Kerrey. So while Kleeb-gasms continue, just remember the source and that they still want to be the ones who crown the princes.