AN UNSCIENTIFIC OBSERVATIONPerhaps this is part of her campaign to get the Journal Sentinel to begin running columns by Charlie Sykes, Jeff Wagner or -- whallah! -- Jessica McBride. That campaign surfaces periodically.
Of the top 20 newspapers in the country, only 6 had rising circulation (albeit by small amounts).
Two of those, Rupert Murdoch's New York Post, and the Wall Street Journal, have content that appeals to conservatives.
I want newspapers to survive. As much as I am excited by the growth of the blogosphere, there's no question that daily newspapers still do much of the reportorial heavy lifting. But maybe all daily newspapers should try to at least diversify their staff opinion ranks so that conservatives don't see them as hopelessly out of touch with common sense.
In the meantime, McBride is a columnist for the Waukesha Freeman. Other voices of political diversity which appear in that newspaper are: Mark Belling, James Wigderson, Owen Robinson, right wingers all; moderate Republican Lee Dreyfus, and, in the diversity slot, Tim Schilke. That's her idea of balance, apparently. Or do you think she's been telling the Freeman editors they need more liberal columnists?
How's circulation of the Freeman these days?