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.