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Election choices cause rift in Crawford (paper loses subscribers)
Houston Chronicle ^ | October 13, 2004 | RALPH BLUMENTHAL, NYT

Posted on 10/13/2004 12:03:19 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

CRAWFORD - And you think the country is polarized?

The folks at Security Bank, the Yellow Rose and the Red Bull (souvenir shops, not bars), and the Fina filling station where farm elders commune over coffee at dawn in the "Room of Knowledge," are strongly for President Bush, the Republican favorite son whose ranch put tiny, alcohol-free Crawford on the world map.

Mayor Robert Campbell, a Democrat, is for Sen. John Kerry, but that has not stopped him from trying to snare the Bush papers for nearby Baylor University when the president leaves office — in January, Campbell hopes. A local weekly newspaper, The Lone Star Iconoclast, also has declared for the Democratic challenger, paying a steep price in canceled subscriptions and hate mail.

The Crawford Peace House across the tracks is officially nonpartisan, but it is hardly partial to the commander in chief of the war in Iraq.

For a quiet country crossroads (population 735) near Waco, the place billing itself as "the hometown of our 43rd president" is not immune from the scorched-earth politics roiling the nation.

"What we did was like slapping their mother," said Nathan Diebenow, one of four — uh, make that three — staff writers on The Iconoclast whose collaborative Sept. 29 editorial, "Kerry Will Restore American Dignity," set off a furor here, quickly crashing the paper's Web site (iconoclast-texas.com) with 6,496 hits, far more than the normal 250 a day.

A fourth staff member listed on the masthead, David Anderson, associate editor, has dissociated himself from the editorial, said Michael Harvey, spokesman for the editor in chief, W. Leon Smith.

The newspaper, which endorsed Bush in 2000, faulted him for "a hidden agenda" that it said included involving the country in "a deadly and highly questionable war."

Smith, the Iconoclast's snowy-bearded majority owner and fervid Ronald Reagan admirer, said in his cluttered office in nearby Clifton that all three of the newspaper's outlets in Crawford had stopped selling it and that a reader boycott had cut newsstand and subscription sales to 482 copies a week from 920.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: bush; campaign; crawfordtx; election; endorsement; liberalmedia; msm; newspaper

1 posted on 10/13/2004 12:03:19 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
The Lowell Sun endorsed Bush BTW.

See this Newspapers endorse 'wrong' guy

2 posted on 10/13/2004 12:06:14 AM PDT by GeronL (I was gone for about 2 months. I was depressed and sad. I am back now and am trying to get my wings)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The Washington Times version was better


3 posted on 10/13/2004 12:06:33 AM PDT by GeronL (I was gone for about 2 months. I was depressed and sad. I am back now and am trying to get my wings)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

He had it comin.


4 posted on 10/13/2004 12:06:48 AM PDT by Wneighbor
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Good. I hope they go out of business.


5 posted on 10/13/2004 12:09:24 AM PDT by FairOpinion (FIGHT TERRORISM! VOTE BUSH/CHENEY 2004.)
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To: GeronL

Have a link to the WT thread?

Also, the Houston Comical should know ALL ABOUT newspapers losing subsciptions because of their antiBush stance.


6 posted on 10/13/2004 12:11:56 AM PDT by weegee (John Kerry: "I'm Oprah! EVERYONE gets a tax hike!")
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To: weegee
Washington Times: Kerry endorsement infuriates Crawford
7 posted on 10/13/2004 12:14:41 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Wneighbor; FairOpinion; GeronL

I'm waiting to hear how the paper's free speech is being trampled.

He he he. People are just voting with their feet.


8 posted on 10/13/2004 12:16:23 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I am sure they will say that at some point, click that link to the Wash Times version, its much better


9 posted on 10/13/2004 12:20:28 AM PDT by GeronL (I was gone for about 2 months. I was depressed and sad. I am back now and am trying to get my wings)
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To: GeronL

I live about a hundred miles South of Crawford. There is no there there. It's not even a wide spot in the road. The only activity is when Bush is in .... (can't say town cause it isn't) ..... the area.


10 posted on 10/13/2004 12:31:22 AM PDT by mercy
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To: mercy

but I like rural areas


11 posted on 10/13/2004 12:33:48 AM PDT by GeronL (I was gone for about 2 months. I was depressed and sad. I am back now and am trying to get my wings)
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To: GeronL

***....Most folks in Crawford, with a population of 705, wholeheartedly support the re-election of the man whose "Western White House" has made their speck on the map famous. Eighty-two percent voted for Mr. Bush in 2000.

The paper's publisher, W. Leon Smith, said he never expected such a hostile response. He knew "a person or two might pull an ad, that we might lose a subscriber or two."

"But this has turned a little more vicious," said Mr. Smith, 51.

More than a dozen area businesses have banded together to take out a two-page ad in a competing newspaper to endorse Mr. Bush, and all the stores in Crawford that had sold the Iconoclast have stopped doing so. ....***

Washington Times Bump!


12 posted on 10/13/2004 12:37:26 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: GeronL

I wonder how he was bought off by Kerry's campaign.


13 posted on 10/13/2004 12:38:20 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
bought off??

The man owns another paper and it sounds as if it reliably leftist. Its just probably his own bias coming through.

14 posted on 10/13/2004 12:40:22 AM PDT by GeronL (I was gone for about 2 months. I was depressed and sad. I am back now and am trying to get my wings)
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To: GeronL

Isn't free speech and free market great! Capitalism, wonderful, wonderful. :)


15 posted on 10/13/2004 12:51:30 AM PDT by Ruth C (learn to analyze rationally and extrapolate consequences..they don't teach that in school now)
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To: Ruth C

There is apparently a competing paper. I wish all cities could say that


16 posted on 10/13/2004 12:54:24 AM PDT by GeronL (I was gone for about 2 months. I was depressed and sad. I am back now and am trying to get my wings)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
"...The Lone Star Iconoclast, also has declared for the Democratic challenger, paying a steep price in canceled subscriptions and hate mail."

I'd bet my bottom dollar that the Iconoclast didn't get even one piece of hate mail and that the Houston Chron is calling any letter that disagrees with the Iconoclast's endorsement, "hate mail."

17 posted on 10/13/2004 1:15:10 AM PDT by Bonaparte (twisting slowly, slowly in the wind...)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Notice that Smith calls people's behavior toward him "vicious" and the Houston Chron calls their communications with the paper "hate mail," but neither will give specific examples. I find that exceedingly odd. You would think that if people had done things that were "vicious" and "hateful," Smith and the Chron would be more than eager to tell their readers just what those things were. But no. No, they're keeping all that a deep, dark secret, aren't they?


18 posted on 10/13/2004 1:20:11 AM PDT by Bonaparte (twisting slowly, slowly in the wind...)
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To: Bonaparte

Exactly.


19 posted on 10/13/2004 1:24:26 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
"I wonder how he was bought off by Kerry's campaign."

Oh, but the Houston Chron calls him a fervid (FERVID!) Reagan "admirer." So that means he must have just been forced by facts to reverse gear and support kerry instead the man he reportedly voted for in 2000. Right? Hey, wait a minute -- how come the Chron didn't say Smith voted for Reagan? How come they don't say he supported Reagan? Wouldn't they have said that if he had voted for him and supported him? All they say is that he fervidly admires him (present tense). Oh, I get it! We're supposed to conclude from that that he actually voted for Reagan and not for Carter and Mondale (past tense). Now, that's really tricky. I like that!

20 posted on 10/13/2004 1:28:55 AM PDT by Bonaparte (twisting slowly, slowly in the wind...)
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To: Bonaparte

They've been spinning a long time and have it down to a fine science.


21 posted on 10/13/2004 1:31:26 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Free speech can work both ways. :) Losing half their subscribers...ouch...the local paper might want to rethink their very vocal bias.

Red

22 posted on 10/13/2004 1:35:26 AM PDT by Conservative4Ever (Vote for Bush..or we will be buying our prayer rugs at Home Depot and burkas at Saks.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
And you ain't just a-whistlin Dixie either! I just read Journalistic Fraud by Bob Kohn. He details every trick the NYT uses to deceive its readers.
23 posted on 10/13/2004 1:35:30 AM PDT by Bonaparte (twisting slowly, slowly in the wind...)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

"The Crawford Peace House..."

More coopting of the language. The left just kills me.

I'm gonna add "justice and harmony" to every single conservative title from now on. How about NewMax, paper of Justice and Harmoney?


24 posted on 10/13/2004 4:17:10 AM PDT by OpusatFR (Let me repeat this: the web means never having to swill leftist garbage again. Got it?)
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To: mercy

I went to Crawford in August, which is a nice typical Texas wide spot in the road. Hopefully it's still the center of attention for four more years - it'll be an added plus that Bush's reelection will irritate the mayor, the newspaper guy and the Peace House people!


25 posted on 10/13/2004 4:57:28 AM PDT by Moonmad27 (Vote for GWB in November - we MUST win.)
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To: Moonmad27
Hopefully it's still the center of attention for four more years - it'll be an added plus that Bush's reelection will irritate the mayor, the newspaper guy and the Peace House people!

...and a parade on every July 4th.

26 posted on 10/13/2004 5:11:24 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you :)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Where ever you go you have these smart asses that hate President Bush and America.
27 posted on 10/13/2004 7:27:47 AM PDT by solo gringo (Don't be a girlie man vote Bush/Cheney in/04)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
"But this has turned a little more vicious,"

Only a lib would consider a consumer's choice 'vicious'.

28 posted on 10/13/2004 7:29:35 AM PDT by Semper Paratus
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; Happy2BMe; PhilDragoo; devolve; potlatch
"What we did was like slapping their mother," said Nathan Diebenow, one of four — uh, make that three — staff writers on The Iconoclast whose collaborative Sept. 29 editorial, "Kerry Will Restore American Dignity," set off a furor here, quickly crashing the paper's Web site (iconoclast-texas.com) with 6,496 hits, far more than the normal 250 a day.

A fourth staff member listed on the masthead, David Anderson, associate editor, has dissociated himself from the editorial, said Michael Harvey, spokesman for the editor in chief, W. Leon Smith.

The newspaper, which endorsed Bush in 2000, faulted him for "a hidden agenda" that it said included involving the country in "a deadly and highly questionable war."

Smith, the Iconoclast's snowy-bearded majority owner and fervid Ronald Reagan admirer, said in his cluttered office in nearby Clifton that all three of the newspaper's outlets in Crawford had stopped selling it and that a reader boycott had cut newsstand and subscription sales to 482 copies a week from 920.


bump!


29 posted on 10/13/2004 8:49:09 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (There is only one GOOD 'RAT: one that has been voted OUT of POWER !! Straight ticket GOP!)
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To: MeekOneGOP
But the football team is doing great!

Click on the picture to see President Bush's home town football team.

30 posted on 10/13/2004 9:04:09 AM PDT by Richard Kimball (Kerry Campaign: An army of pompous phrases moving across the landscape in search of an idea)
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To: Richard Kimball
Thanks for the pic and link! :^D

31 posted on 10/13/2004 9:08:35 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (There is only one GOOD 'RAT: one that has been voted OUT of POWER !! Straight ticket GOP!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
He he he. People are just voting with their feet.

And that is capitalism at its best. :-)

32 posted on 10/13/2004 10:06:46 AM PDT by Wneighbor
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
He he he. People are just voting with their feet.

And that is capitalism at its best. :-)

33 posted on 10/13/2004 10:06:54 AM PDT by Wneighbor
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To: Wneighbor

hiccup... oops


34 posted on 10/13/2004 10:11:36 AM PDT by Wneighbor
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To: MeekOneGOP

The power of the people bump!!!


35 posted on 10/13/2004 9:56:52 PM PDT by potlatch (Sometimes I think I understand everything, then I regain consciousness.)
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