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Conservative leaning op-ed pages

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Dick Whitman, Nov 22, 2011.

  1. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    Was having this discussion with a (non-journo) friend tonight, who said that there are "no conservative newspapers."

    Wall Street Journal and Chicago Tribune come to mind as the most prominent.

    What others?
  2. BrianGriffin

    BrianGriffin Active Member

    Washington Times, New York Post, The Oklahoman
  3. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    From 2001-2005, the New York Daily News' Editorial Page Editor was Richard Schwartz, the former Senior Policy Advisor to Rudy Giuliani:


    A leading expert on public policy, Schwartz previously served as Senior Policy Advisor to Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. In that role he was the architect of the city’s landmark welfare reform – which President Clinton later used as the model for the national welfare reform. With former Yale University President Benno Schmidt, Schwartz was a co-author of the Schmidt Commission Report, which helped guide the City University of New York’s (CUNY) extraordinary six-year turnaround. He also supervised the city’s $5 billion-a-year capital construction system, which he consolidated into a single agency (the Department of Design and Construction). He also wrote and helped implement the quality-of-life plan for New York City. As part of that effort, he oversaw the city’s wide-ranging and successful efforts to clean up its streets, parks and highways.

    I haven't read them in a while, but for a time, they were nearly as conservative in their editorials as the Post.
  4. Greenhorn

    Greenhorn Active Member

    Boston Herald, Tampa Tribune, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Dallas Morning News, Arizona Republic, NH Union-Leader, San Diego Union-Tribune, SF Express, Columbus Dispatch......
  5. crimsonace

    crimsonace Active Member

    The Indianapolis Star used to fit into this camp, but it's probably more solidly middle-of-the-road now. Used to be the only time you ever saw a left-of-center voice was on the op-ed page, now the paper routinely runs left and right-leaning columnists and has endorsed as many Ds as Rs in recent years.
  6. ColdCat

    ColdCat Well-Known Member

    the bi-weekly rag in the town where I grew up was further to the right than FOX News. Their op-ed page consisted of bad lawyer jokes, calling Republican officials too liberal and calling for Democrats to be tried for treason. They took bold stands against such things as psychic activity and a woman posing as a fortune teller at our Arabian Nights themed prom.
    I was more than happy to move out of that place
  7. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    Traditionally, the Manchester Union-Leader in New Hampshire has been conservative. I don't know if it still is.
  8. Alma

    Alma Well-Known Member

    There are tons. It's an utter myth that most papers lean liberal. Anything under, oh, 30,000 circ is more likely to lean the other way.
  9. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    I think there are a lot of papers that are very liberal in how things are covered, but they still have conservative-leaning op-ed pages.

    I worked at a paper where the managing editor screamed at the TV set during the 2000 recount and the executive editor was a regular at fundraisers for all of the local democratic congressmen and senators.

    The op-ed page was still very conservative.
  10. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    Yeah, if you look at Presidential endorsements, the Republican candidate always has a ton.

    The small town papers often endorse the Republican. Most of the big city papers -- with some exceptions noted here -- go with the Democrat.
  11. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    Reporters generally are liberal because they want to change things. Conservative, by definition, means you are resistant to change and seek to uphold tradition. Being a news reporter and seeking to maintain the status quo don't go together.

    As for the op-ed pages, the small or mid-sized publisher doesn't want to tick of the local business community, so op-ed pages are conservative. Big city papers have enough of a market where it doesn't matter if you tick off a few business owners.
  12. Big Circus

    Big Circus Well-Known Member

    A paper near and dear to many on this board, the Richmond Times-Dispatch, leans pretty solidly right. As does its nearby Media General buddy, The Daily Progress in Charlottesville.
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