Men with opinions

Unless I missed something, it looks like my metro daily newspaper has featured 15 op-eds over the past week — all written by men.


It's not that we women don't have opinions, kmr.

Many of us are too busy working for change to actually take the time to sit and write about it! (She writes as she sits and writes about it.)

It's still so lopsided, isn't it? It's why people like Radio Girl and Pam Spaulding are so important. They may not be in print media, but they are definitely female voices in media in NC.

Can we, instead, start talking about "for the good of North Carolina?" --Leslie H.
Pointing at Naked Emperors

women with opinions

Pam Spaulding probably has a larger daily readership than opinion section of my local metro snoozepaper.
Little errors like failure to play their expected balance-of-views role can do that to an, er "institution."
Well, once upon a time it was an institution of sorts.

Were they all white?

Just wondering.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

I think so

Barry Saunders is black, but he's not on the op-ed pages.

I know what they need to do:

since women writers have been relegated to the gardening, cooking and child-rearing section of the paper, they need to start injecting some political opinions into those articles:

" takes a little longer to prepare, but it pays off when you see the smiles of those gathered around the table. As you know, smiles are somewhat rare under the current administration, as we watch our quality of life and civil liberties disappear into the gaping maw of despotism and corporate control."

Okay kmr, how about your own paper?

I could go look, but how does the Carrboro Citizen do with such things?

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

could be better

I did check. We regularly run Elaine Mejia at NC Justice and several of the women whose writing can be found at NC Policy Watch's Progressive Voices section.
We run much fewer op-eds, of course, with the only weekly regular being Chris Fitzsimon and not much in the way of national columns.

national syndicated women

I asked a friend who writes for the Observer this question and here is her answer:

no list, but off the top of my head:
ellen goodman
trudy rubin (writes for philly inquirer, may not be syndicated but we get her stuff cause it used to be on the knight ridder wire)
kathleen parker
marianne means (with hearst newspapers)
various other women write regularly and we can run their stuff because we subscribe to various newswires, e.g. maureen dowd, gail collins of the NYTimes

best way to get a more complete list is to check the web sites of syndicates: washington post writers group, creators syndicate, tribune media, etc.
i think there are some ultraconservative wingnuts that we don't run and i'm not sure of their names, e.g. ann coulter.

molly ivins, sadly, died.
so did mary mccrory

Wake Forest won't play us anymore
Michigan last year
LSU - you are next

Speaking of opinions and men

did anyone read Thomas Schaller's Op-Ed in the N&O today?

Can someone please tell Mr. Schaller about the record breaking DEMOCRATIC turnout in primaries & caucuses across the country -- including the south?

Can someone please tell Mr. Schaller that the youth vote will be every bit as important as the African American vote in this election?

Can someone please tell this professor of political science from Maryland to stfu?

Rolling over and handing NC to McSame without a fight, which is what Schaller is promoting whether he realizes it or not, is just not going to happen. I, for one, am going to do everything I can to make sure the RNC is forced to dump gobs of money in this state so they can't spend it elsewhere. One way or another, we will help Obama win in November.

Nobody thinks this is going to be a cake walk, but if making history were easy, history making moments probably wouldn't be as memorable or significant as they usually are.

Personally, I predict an upset. No, I don't know much and no, I haven't been around a long time, but living in a hard red county in NC, I've seen and heard the two-sided momentum. First side of it; Republicans are not motivated to vote for McCain. The conversations I've overheard lead me to believe they dislike both candidates pretty much equally. Other side of it; I have kids that are 21 and 18. It's only anecdotal, but they tell me all of their friends are registered and according to them, nearly all of them plan to vote for Obama. But ... not all of them are Democrats. I wish somebody would/could stick that factor in their poll and smoke it.

"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit." - Harry Truman

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Schaller's in full ass-covering mode

Having built his reputation on a certain view of what's possible, he's now busting his but to make sure that view is fulfilled.

He's got his whole ego bet on being able to say "I told you so."

don't waste your breath

Game-theory political science types rule the world and are very good at producing books about how to win a re-run of past elections. Schaller has excellent math skillz and will be happy to remind us that he has a phd from Carolina, which he obtained in the late 1990s, and he is thus impervious to criticism about his take on NC politics.

Four op-eds today at the N&O BTW. Sorry gals, no women yet.

Oppressed White Men

Yes, the latest over at TAP is that white men are oppressed. Paul Terrell's post (followed, predictably enough, by "Reaganite's" agreement, insists that white men are oppressed.

This, following so closely on the heels of a post by recent visitor, "garrett," who ranted about Jessie Jackson and the oppression of white men on this blog (before getting bleeped)suggests to me that "garrett" was indeed, poor ole Paul Terrell, whose effort to unseat Rep. Dan Blue is laughably ill-conceived.

Ok, I know this isn't exactly newsworthy, but it just seemed to fit under this thread.