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Monday, February 14, 2005

Oppose Them If You Dare

With regard to the growing power and influence of investigative bloggers, this analysis of their impact on the free ride that the mainstream media have had for decades, and that is rapidly crumbling, seems correct.
After Eason Jordan
New York Sun Staff Editorial

If one is an incident, two is a coincidence, and three is a trend, feature this - top news executives at the New York Times, CBS News, and CNN, all toppled in the past two years by scandals that were heightened by pressure from new journalistic outlets. Taken in isolation, the departures of the New York Times's executive editor, Howell Raines, and his managing editor, Gerald Boyd; the managing editor of the CBS Evening News, Dan Rather, and three other CBS executives; and the executive vice president and chief news executive of CNN, Eason Jordan, would each be big events. Taken together, they suggest a news industry in the midst of a stunning revolution.

In each case, the particulars were different. But in each case there was one similarity. Prodded by the competitive pressure of a free market that includes not only a raft of newspapers, magazines, and broadcast outlets but also, now, Web sites such as National Review Online, Captainsquartersblog.com, instapundit.com, and slate.com, owners at the Times Company, Viacom, and Time Warner all responded to the uproars by sacrificing seasoned news executives with a sharply left-of-center world view. The Web sites aren't always conservative, but at the Times, the new executive editor, Bill Keller, has recently been suggesting he thinks at least some of the conservative ire at the press is justified. (link)

The outrage that has been expressed at Jordan's resignation by those on the left who still control the mainstream media sends the signal that they are not going to go down without a fight.

A fight it shall be.

Democrats Nix Jobs

I suppose there is some consolation in the fact that not all Democrats lurk here in Southwest Virginia. It appears the city of New York has its share. And they're in charge. May God have mercy on the souls of the unfortunate citizens of the Big Apple.

A "big box" retailer, BJ's Wholesale Club, intends to build a new store in the Bronx, bringing 300 new jobs to the very depressed area. The city council, run by Democrats, has decided they'd rather have the poor stay poor. They've turned BJ's down. The story as reported in the New York Sun:
A Low Point Is Hit by City Council

The events of Thursday mark a low point in the recent history of the City Council. The zoning and franchises subcommittee of the land use committee, and then the full committee, rejected an application from BJ's Wholesale Club to build a new store in the east Bronx. The full council will, unless decency and common sense prevail, ratify those votes this week.

This constitutes a dangerous precedent. Decisions on land use are supposed to be made on grounds relating to land-use issues. This decision was a demonstration of the raw political power of organized labor. BJ's is one of those "big box" stores that sell consumer goods at low prices. They also typically have a non-union workforce - the real reason the zoning application was denied.

In allowing unions to dictate decisions on land use, the council also destroys its own tradition of giving members the courtesy of determining the fate of projects in their own districts. That is the power that is exerted by the person who might as well be the speaker of the council, Bertha Lewis of ACORN and the Working Families Party. (
You can, on a regular basis, see tears running down the cheeks of these champions of the poor and downtrodden. Until, that is, they have the opportunity to actually do something about it. Then they hunt up excuses for not wanting job creation in their city. In this instance, it is the potential traffic problem. Tomorrow it will be environmental concerns. In Chicago not long ago, it had to do with the fact that Wal-Mart didn't pay their workers well enough.

What are you to take from this story? If you are poor, you are where the Democratic party intends to keep you. Do not fight it. They have your best interests at heart. Really.