This is personal, not the usual fare for this blog, but it does relate to a larger trend. My wife and I just canceled our home delivery subscription to our local newspaper, The Oregonian. I don't know whether it's their new editor or some other internal shift, but their editorial policy has shifted markedly to the right, and now that slant is affecting their coverage of objective news.
Today's giant front-page article, timed to coincide with the arrival of ballots in people's mailboxes, announces as "news" that nothing bad will happen if Oregon's indispensable new tax measures fail -- something I could tolerate on the editorial page but which doesn't belong in the news section, especially since it's so egregiously, factually incorrect.
Coming on top of last month's Steve Duin column attacking Portland Mountain Rescue http://www.oregonlive.com/news/oregonian/steve_duin/index.ssf/2009/12/logic_on_mountain_climbing_loc.html , and the even more asinine editorial cartoon by Matt Bors http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2009/12/no_sign_of_common_sense.html implying that PMR's legislative stance has cost climbers' lives, the paper's beginning to truly tick me off.I'm not one of those "I'm offended! Cancel my subscription!" types. And I've been a loyal Oregonian reader since 1992, when I drove to a newsstand on Ventura Boulevard in Studio City each Monday to buy the previous day's Sunday Oregonian and dream of moving my family from crazy loud expensive L.A. back north. Lately, however, I realize I've been taking the paper primarily for the purpose of reading the best comic on the planet, Richard Thompson's "Cul de Sac", which I'm guessing I'll be able to find online. [Update: yep!] I'd like to see local print papers survive, but Portland already has one conservative rag (the Tribune); we don't need two. I can read screeds on the Internet; if you can't cover state and local news objectively and professionally, I'll keep my money. Thanks for the memories. You used to be a good paper.