Taggart Says He’s Done With The Clarion-Ledger
In a post on the Clarion-Ledger’s Red/ Blue blog last night, Andy Taggart said he is done with the blog and the newspaper.
“When Sid Salter was still at the Clarion-Ledger, I was at least willing to continue to soldier on, because I had the sense that there was one voice of middle-of-the-road values who was pushing back against the left wing mantra of Gannett at the Clarion-Ledger. Now that Sid is gone, the balance is also gone…I’m done with them. Good night, and good riddance.” Taggart wrote.
Taggart’s specific, or at least most recent, beef was with the paper’s lead story, “Republicans kill Obama jobs bill.”
If Republicans and conservatives could essentially not cooperate with the paper ala Democrats and Fox News it wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world.
And certainly there is no denying the leaning of the state’s largest paper. The editorial director of the paper, David Hampton, certainly doesn’t hide his liberal feelings. Every column you know what you’re going to get. Fair enough…there is a conservative to balance that right?
Regular guest columnists include the likes of Bill Minor, an older and more bitter version of Hampton and Joe Atkins, a journalism professor at Ole Miss indoctrinating the next round of Hampton’s and Minor’s. Salter also still serves as a contributor, and as he long has been, is probably the most conservative voice among regular statewide columnists that the paper will offer, but I wouldn’t necessarily consider him a counter to Hampton. Even when he was a regular employee of Gannett. He was more conservative than the paper as a whole, but he wasn’t there to simply offer a rebuttal to the liberalism that drives the day.
And when you look beyond the Clarion-Ledger, look at the other columnists. Most are just traditional reporters who you can’t pin down, at least from my perspective. This includes Charlie Mitchell, Lloyd Gray, Bobby Harrison, Bill Crawford and others. Nothing wrong with that.
You can find conservatives around the state. Cory Wilson and Brian Perry write regular columns for the Madison County Journal. And there are others here and there. Just apparently none are worthy of a statewide gig. At least not as long as Hampton is running things.
But after all, a mere 51 percent of residents in the state consider themselves conservative. Why bother giving them a platform?