Friday, March 02, 2007

Silly Media Self-Affirmation of the Day

Fearless Leader [and Nashville Scene Editor] Liz Garrigan describes the Scene as a paper that has never been "an affirmation newspaper for a constituency of lefties"

Outside of Bruce Barry's columns, I've never confused the Nashville Scene with anything remotely resembling a progressive take on issues. It has always been a-little-more-center-in-the-center/right-local-media-continuum. How fearless is it in a Bible-belted red state to claim that your dirt-water alt has never been "an affirmation newspaper for the left?" Editor Garrigan will never be accused by me of advancing populism or defending civil libertarianism or challenging corporate elites on behalf of underdogs. How bold can she be outside of the espousals of those in her employ? I've never understood how a state capital without an admittedly progressive watchdog publication can be considered anything but oddball. The Nashville Scene has done little to help Nashville sever that abnormal crotchet and everything to glut an already crowded media market with some music listings and caricatures of liberals (some of which may be deserved). Say what they will in Boston, in some quarters here the Scene is called cliché.

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  1. Everything you need to know about Liz Garrigan in 150 words or less:

    Liz Murray Garrigan, news editor (Bush)

    Oliver Wendell Holmes once said of Franklin Roosevelt something like, “He has a second-rate mind, but a first-rate temperament.” It was a compliment. Actually, I don’t buy into the argument that Bush is some sort of blubbering idiot, but even if he did have a second-class mind, I’d support him over an arrogant, condescending, wealth-redistributing, shamelessly ambitious robot of a fellow any day.

    On issues, two of Gore’s positions were deal killers for me: his opposition to allowing public school kids to have the same educational opportunities as he did by using vouchers; and his woefully unfair tax credit proposal that depends upon a maligned socio-economic formula that gives the biggest tax breaks—by percentage—to the people who pay the least taxes. His prescription drug benefit proposal was perhaps the most egregious, as it would require a $20,000 annual wage earner to supplement benefits for millionaires.

    "How We Voted," Nashville Scene, November 16, 2000

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