I’m not the kind of person who would typically cancel a subscription to a periodical because I disagree with its content. I enjoy reading critical perspectives from multiple viewpoints, because I think having your ideas challenged is an important part of becoming educated.
Unfortunately, today’s opinion piece by James Smith in the Great Falls Tribune was neither insightful nor well-written, and made it impossible for me to continue supporting a newspaper that would publish such vapid tripe.
James Smith was given prominent placement on the Viewpoints page to offer a childish, inaccurate screed attacking Jon Tester, with nothing resembling a fact appearing anywhere in the piece.
The writing level of the piece is somewhere between cretinous and imbecilic, featuring hard-hitting, incisive commentary like this:
Montanans might respect senators who bravely stood up to the questions and objections back home, even if they voted in D.C. against the wishes of the majority. But to fear your constituents? To hide from them? That is a political sin that spells Disaster, capital D, pronounced Dee-zaster.
In the end, it’s just a series of Rehberg talking point buried in the kind of language you’d find on Fox and Friends. A newspaper owes its subscribers more than that, especially when three quarters of the thickness of the Sunday paper is already advertisements.
Now, a critic might point me to yesterday’s piece by Melody Wall, written in support of Senator Tester, as evidence of balance in the newspaper. I’d remind them that someone made the decision to run Ms.Wall’s thoughtful and interesting piece on Saturday, with far fewer readers, while running Mr. Smith’s rant on Sunday.
Every newspaper editor and publisher certainly has the right to publish what he wants in his newspaper, but I certainly don’t have to—and won’t—pay for it.