This is telling: “A delegation (from the NC Republican Women Federated) met recently with the newspaper’s management to present their case,” hard-right political blogger George Rebane wrote this morning on his blog.
“They were well received and given enough consideration so that now the editorial board includes three members who would call themselves conservatives. In these days of rampant liberal bias in the media, this was a welcome turn of events.”
The members turned out to be real hard-right political activists, not just “conservatives”: local tea-party activist and founder Stan Meckler; longtime CABPRO member Norm Sauer, who has repeatedly shown up at board of supervisor meetings to complain about Agenda 21 and the federal government; and Rachel Helm. Meckler had lobbied hard for a position on the board.
The NC Republican Women Federated board is here. Its members include Rebane’s spouse, who regularly writes for the CABPRO newsletter, and Tom McClintock’s staffer, among others. (McClintock no longer represents our western county, but his political reach still is felt).
This is the same group that invited tea-party gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly and “Constitutional Sheriff” Richard Mack to speak in our community — both of whom express extreme political views.
The Union’s new publisher Jim Hemig, a longtime Swift manager, is a registered GOPer, the voter rolls show. He joins a long list of conservative publishers.
The Union once was owned by the Ingram family, who are staunch conservatives.
The more things change, the more they stay the same in our western county. And the squeaky political wheel gets the grease — again.