As I’ve written many times before, The Union will never grow if it continues catering to the “declining, aging population.” It’s not rocket science.
But it can’t help itself. A classic example are the columns written by Norm Sauer, whose views are to the right of Attila the Hun. He is a compatriot of George Rebane. That proves it: “QED,” as the mathematicians would put it.
This weekend, in his latest rant, Sauer seeks to educate the rest of us about the “progressive swamp of Washington D.C.”
But he begins with a misstatement of fact: “Obama wire tapped various individuals in the U. S. media, such as Fox News reporter James Rosen …”
In fact, that claim was shot down by none other than Rosen himself. “”I was not wiretapped, my parents were not wiretapped, which is where you place a listening device on someone’s telephone line and you listen to their conversations,’ Rosen told Fox & Friends on Sunday after the show’s hosts claimed his phones were tapped, as CNN and other media outlets have reported.
“Instead, Rosen explained, former Attorney General Eric Holder had secretly designated Rosen a criminal co-conspirator — because he had received classified information from a former State Department contractor — thereby giving the government permission to subpoena Rosen’s emails and phone records, including those of his parents.”
I stopped reading Sauer’s column after this. A good editor would have kicked the column back to Sauer for a revision, but I don’t think The Union management even reads the columns that are submitted — until maybe after they are published.
There’s an epidemic in our towns: It’s called “big fish in a small pond.” It doesn’t serve to inform or educate; it is self-serving and amateurish. What Sauer writes about his topic is applies to his own words as well: “Stay tuned, but hold your nose because the stink is going to get worse.”