Editor's Note: The following letter to the editor is addressed to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in response to its Dec. 10 editorial which criticized the MCR. Its writer submitted a copy for publication here.
To the Editor:
Methinks you doth protest too much.
Your editorial concerning the ownership of The Madison County Record by a national business lobbying group shows that your emperor-owners are wearing no clothes.
Can only anti-business, anti-military, pro-ACLU publishers like you publish newspapers? I'm sure you think you're the only ones who can perform this most "noble job objectively, whose reporters go straight down the middle, with no bias and no spin, where advocacy would be confined to the editorial page."
Your performance during the recent election, especially in the omission of front-page news that might hurt or question the Democrats' positions, was unbelievably biased and disingenuous.
One glaring example: page 8A coverage of "Rathergate," with four straight days of not even considering the possibility of the documents being forged.
This is your "...credibility torn to shreds."
Do you think mentioning the P-D's minority status in the ownership of the Cardinals absolves you of exposing the extreme left leanings of the Pulitzer owners?
Your "shocking" revelation of the Chamber of Commerce having a stake in a competing newspaper is like Kerry exposing Bush of part-ownership in an obscure lumber company.
Patrick D. Guilfoy