Fair and Balanced Editorial Pages

A Wisconsin newspaper has a small problem. They haven’t received enough letters supporting Bush’s pursuit of the war on terror and, therefore, have been unable to print a politically-balanced letters to the editor page:

We’ve been getting more letters critical of President Bush than those that support him. We’re not sure why, nor do we want to guess. But in today’s increasingly polarized political environment, we would prefer our offering to put forward a better sense of balance.

Since we depend upon you, our readers, to supply our letters, that goal can be difficult. We can’t run letters that we don’t have.

I’m tempted to point out the obvious: President Bush’s administration has done more that should be criticized than supported, but that’s a little too easy. Genreal JC Christian, however, has kindly offered to help balance the tide of anti-Bush letters.

To be fair, the newspaper, the Appleton Post-Crescent revised their call for letters, noting that they sounded as if they were supporting Bush, which they suggest isn’t the case.

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