In re: Boycotting the Star Ledger

There’s been some “controversy” here between a number of front pagers regarding the Star Ledger, Tom Moran and boycotting the paper.  In the last go ’round, I noted in the comments that the blogger writing in support of a boycott did not speak for Blue Jersey, but did speak for himself.  There are a wide variety of voices here, and unless something is posted under the site’s name it is not the site’s opinion.

The same applies to the Star Ledger, which is why I do not support boycotting it (besides the disagreement I have with the interpretation of my fellow blogger).  While Tom Moran said the other day that he supports the bulk of Governor Christie’s program, the Star Ledger today came out with this:

Republicans aggressively fought the appointment of Elizabeth Warren to head the newly created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and came away with a big scalp: Warren herself, the architect of the new agency, stepped down as nominee and returned to Massachusetts to run for the U.S. Senate. With any luck, voters there will send her back to Washington to continue challenging those who would shield banks and big business at the expense of the American consumer.

I maintain that we should support a paper that comes out that strongly for a good progressive like Elizabeth Warren, and against shielding the corporations that got us into this economic mess.  And doing it about a race in another state.

Comments (14)

  1. Jeff Gardner

    Everyone understands neither Maureen Dowd nor David Brooks speaks for the NY Times. But, that point seems to get lost for some people when speaking of that strange creature – the blogger.

    For the record, individual bloggers speak for themselves, much as individual op/ed columnists speak for themselves.

  2. DSWright

    Should being the key word, nobody has to do anything.

    Moran is not just a columnist he is the editor of the editorial page. So he has considerable influence on those eds written under the paper’s name. He reiterated his support for Christie’s agenda, it’s not a distortion he supports “the ed reform stuff” and pen/ben reform. A anti-union agenda that is for privatization in the ed reform case. There’s no reason union members and those supporting them should subsidize that view.

    A boycott is simple, voluntary and peaceful way to protest that position. Everyone should do it but feel free not to.

    Also we generally give a post an hour before posting over it.

  3. firstamend07

    Closing your mind to opinions you might not agree with simply makes you a closed minded person.

    Read everything! Educate your self on your friend and your enemy.

    Criticize , do NOT boycott.

  4. huntsu (Post author)

    1) The editorial page editor has no influence on reporting, so why throw out the whole paper for the editorial page editor

    2) Elizabeth Warren is a huge supporter of unions and progressive causes, and the editorial page that Moran edits just endorsed her for US Senate in another state a year before the election.  

  5. deciminyan

    …keep in mind that the opinion expressed on the editorial page is not necessarily that of the editor. If a majority of the editorial board has a position contrary to that of the editor, a good editor will write an editorial with which he personally disagrees.

  6. DSWright

    Especially if you are a public worker that now has higher health costs from the pension benefit bill Moran supported – Save your money you’re going to need it.

    The reporters at the ledger have done a pretty poor job covering this issue, mostly due to Christie for President hysteria that is occurring in parallel with Christie’s ed reform speeches. This is not the old ledger, which I agree, had great reporting.

    I also agree that Elizabeth Warren is outstanding. Her books should not be boycotted, in fact I would recommend buying them and I fully endorse contributing to her campaign. And I hope others do as well.

    Actually, that’s good idea. Save the money you would have spent on the Ledger and buy one of Elizabeth Warren’s books/contribute to her Senate campaign.

  7. huntsu (Post author)

    And that’s not all the newspaper is doing.  

    This is not throwing the baby out with the bathwater, but throwing out the entire nursery.

  8. huntsu (Post author)

    Moran doesn’t control the entire Star Ledger, and in fact controls a very small part of it.  He’s been great on some issues, not great on others, and ignored still more.

    So why boycott the entire paper for the opinions of one person who can be overruled?

  9. DSWright

    And that’s enough for me. As I also said it’s not a good paper after the buyouts IMO so the baby isn’t that great either.

    They’ve taken a very favorable line towards Christie in the reporting section as well.

    There are other places to get news and information (less after NJN) that aren’t actively promoting Christie’s Agenda as Moran does.

  10. Adam L

    Outing someone is grounds for immediate banning.

    What is your fucking problem?

    Can someone else troll rate this do the outing is hidden?

  11. SmartyJones

    I don’t have the same animus you do toward DSW, but I am appalled at anyone being “outed.”

    Creed Pogue baited me for 3 years on this site about using my real name.

    It really wasn’t any of his fucking business.  But neither is Firsty’s name important here.

    The comment shouldn’t be hidden; it should be removed.

  12. DSWright

    I warned Mike multiple times. Done.

  13. Adam L

    Outing people can fuck with their lives, jobs and families.  Are you that much of an asshole to willfully do that, or are you that clueless?

  14. SmartyJones

    a good reason for violating the tos.

    Anger management?

    Why don’t you out Speed?  His comments are more trenchant.

    Firsty’s comments are just endless and boring.


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