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Undernews is the online report of the Progressive Review, edited by Sam Smith, who covered Washington during all or part of ten of America's presidencies and who has edited alternative journals since 1964. The Review, which has been on the web since 1995, is now published from Freeport, Maine. See main page for full contents

June 3, 2008

WASHINGTON POST: NOT ENOUGH REPORTERS TO COVER GREEN PARTY

A Post reporter responds to a reader inquiry:

Belfast, Maine: In the coming weeks there will be many days when there's little real political news about the Republicans or Democrats to report. Any chance that one of The Post's political staff might do a piece on what the Green Party, for example, is up to? . . .

Paul Kane: I'll happily answer this one, and I'll be brutally honest. We don't have enough resources to cover your party. it's that simple, and if that infuriates you, I'm sorry. But that's life. The Green Party and Nader got plenty of coverage in '00 when, at the least, he had the chance to play a decisive role in some states. So far, there's little indication that the Greens will have any major impact on the '08 election. Until you can demonstrate that there is some level of support for your party, our paper isn't going to spend precious resources reporting on whatever it is you're doing. I'm sorry, but we're a business, and lots of my colleagues are walking out the door under volunteer buyouts. We don't have the resources to cover you guys.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paul Kane's comments reveal one thing: that the Washington Post continues to marginalize itself as a newspaper.

June 3, 2008 10:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

not enough resources!!!???
what about the coverage of the dog fighting a few months ago or any number of innane stories that have been covered.

July 18, 2008 6:24 PM  
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