Reading this story via Glenn I have one thing to say to our press corps:
If you treat someone as your feudal Lord then you have no business complaining if you are treated like a petitioning serf.
And amazingly, you know who agrees with me on this? None other than Ted Rall:
The Nation and Mother Jones and Harper’s, liberal magazines that gave me freelance work under Clinton and Bush, now ignore my queries. Even when I offered them first-person, unembedded war reporting from Afghanistan. Hey, maybe they’re too busy to answer email or voicemail. You never know.
Well that’s not an explicit rejection based on content, but this is:
Now there’ s a new cause for refusal: Too tough on the president.
I’ve heard that from enough “liberal” websites and print publications to consider it a significant trend.
A sample of recent rejections, each from editors at different left-of-center media outlets:
· “I am familiar with and enjoy your cartoons. However the readers of our site would not be comfortable with your (admittedly on point) criticism of Obama.”
· “Don’t be such a hater on O and we could use your stuff. Can’t you focus more on the GOP?”
· “Our first African-American president deserves a chance to clean up Bush’s mess without being attacked by us.”
I have many more like that.
Since he considers Bill Maher a man of the right you can imagine what it takes for him to call a mag “left of center”
He is a perfect example of the meme I’ve stated over and over: The easiest way to get the average American to reject the left is to show them as they actually are. Rall’s fall from grace coincides with the internet era that enables the ordinary American to easily respond both to publishers and their advertisers when someone crosses the line.
Those of us in the mainstream of American values had already rejected him, those magazines on the left who depend on the members of the Obamacult for their revenue now have too.
Ted Rall has a right to his interesting opinions. If he thinks there is a segment of the public willing to pay for his work then he can look for supporters to finance it. I’m sure Iran or Venezuela will be happy to kick in a few bucks for attacks on America. Until then, welcome to the free market Ted, had a feeling you wouldn’t like it.
Have no fear, once the president is defeated in 2012 I’m sure Mother Jones and the Nation will be happy to have you back as long as your target is the GOP.
Update: Bad Link Fixed