Newspaper's Editorial Position Is Not For SaleBefore we go further, i need to make this point: I'm not sure I would have used the word "muted" to describe the Herald Courier's opposition to the new power plant that's going up in St. Paul. Not when one can read editorials that include such pejorative (and wildly exaggerated) descriptions attached to the mining process as:
By J. Todd Foster
Reasonable people can disagree about Dominion Virginia Power’s proposal to build a coal-fired power plant in Wise County.
That would not include a few members of a nine-member Wise County delegation that recently visited the Herald Courier to ambush our three-member editorial board for its muted opposition to the Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center. (link)
" ... accelerated destruction of the region’s mountains ..."
"Tree-covered ridges once stood here, but now there is a vast, empty stretch of disturbed earth. No birds sing. Nothing moves – except the coal and logging trucks that traverse the winding, mountain road ..."
No birds sing ...
" ... surface mining ... is an inherently destructive process that is consuming more of the nation’s mountains in a bid to slake an unquenchable thirst for energy."
Muted? Let me know when you offer up a "sharp" editorial opinion.
Then there's my favorite overwrought commentary:
"During a recent meeting with this newspaper’s editorial board, a Dominion official seemed dismissive of the concept. Virginians, he said, want their energy-hogging plasma TVs and other high-end consumer goods; they don’t want to conserve power.
Perhaps that’s because they don’t realize the destruction wrought by their gung-ho consumerist lifestyle."
That, in the eye of this Bristol Herald Courier spokesman, is "muted" opposition.
I guess, compared to carrying a picket sign out in front of Dominion Power headquarters, and screaming you rotten babykillers!, it is a muted response.
But to - as they say - "reasonable people" ...
Anyway, read the whole thing. The meeting must have been a hoot. Accusations of plagiarism, threats of retaliation, hurt feelings ...