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The Lone Star Iconoclast, local newspaper of Crawford, Texas, switches sides and endorses Kerry for president. (Via Daily Kos).
posted by gottabefunky (30 comments total)

 
Holy crap, that's like the sixth political post in a row. I apologize.
posted by gottabefunky at 4:43 PM on September 28, 2004


Well that does it for me, I'm voting for Kerry!

And its actually a pretty good breakdown on where Bush has "led" us.
posted by fenriq at 5:00 PM on September 28, 2004


Who gives a shit.
This is what Mefi is here for.
Preach on, brother!
posted by Seth at 5:00 PM on September 28, 2004


What did you do with the real Seth?
posted by eustacescrubb at 5:03 PM on September 28, 2004


Heh : >
posted by amberglow at 5:04 PM on September 28, 2004


Too funny!

Of course, as Fark suggests, the locals will probably pay a visit to the Iconoclast reminiscent of the townsfolk coming to visit Dr. Frankenstein.
posted by caddis at 5:07 PM on September 28, 2004


Imagine pounding pitchforks and burning torches.
posted by caddis at 5:08 PM on September 28, 2004


Well what do you expect from a paper called the Iconoclast?
posted by kenko at 5:09 PM on September 28, 2004


I'm sure texas will now swing to Kerry. This election just turned the corner! Or something.
posted by The God Complex at 5:16 PM on September 28, 2004


That was a good editorial - clear and concise.

Now, what are the circulation numbers of The Iconoclast? How much influence is it likely to have?
posted by orange swan at 5:17 PM on September 28, 2004


Holy crap, that's like the sixth political post in a row. I apologize.

Hey, if you gotta be funky, you gota be. And OSwan, when the editorial gets linked on MeFi, Google News and potentially many other places (would not be surprised if it got syndicated to other papers tomorrow and Thursday), then the circulation will be a lot bigger than your average small town paper.
posted by billsaysthis at 5:25 PM on September 28, 2004


Whoa Doggie, how'd that happen? If we'd 've knew 'bout his secret agenda, we'd have voted for Gore.

Yes, there was some element of smoke-screen, but it was pretty fucking obvious what kind of pres'dent W would be.
posted by gesamtkunstwerk at 5:28 PM on September 28, 2004


The Iconoclast has a circulation of 425. (Crawford has a population of around 700.)
posted by Guy Smiley at 5:36 PM on September 28, 2004


Now, what are the circulation numbers of The Iconoclast? How much influence is it likely to have?

It'll make something of a story nationally, because Bush's Texas residence is in Crawford, home of the Icononclast.
posted by eustacescrubb at 5:36 PM on September 28, 2004


"...Bush's Texas residence is in Crawford"

No way. That'd be ironic, or something, and someone might post it to Metafilter.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 5:41 PM on September 28, 2004


It'll make something of a story nationally, because Bush's Texas residence is in Crawford, home of the Icononclast.

Oooh! It's like I just watched Bush's favourite puppy dog nip him in the ass.

I keep reminding myself that Bush only *won* by 500 votes last time. How many voters do you think he's won over in the past four years? How many has he alienated? There's a good chance we'll see him turfed out.
posted by orange swan at 6:07 PM on September 28, 2004


I'd give more weight to this if the paper's website didn't seem to be selling advertising first, and reporting news second. In other words, this smells like a ploy to turn a quick buck from the easy press they'll get from this.
posted by mathowie at 6:10 PM on September 28, 2004


Already national news.
posted by eustacescrubb at 6:22 PM on September 28, 2004


I gather it's like the Springfield Shopper. And did Bush really "raise oil prices"? I thought the market did that. Still -- too funny.
posted by drinkcoffee at 6:28 PM on September 28, 2004


"Now, what are the circulation numbers of The Iconoclast? How much influence is it likely to have?" - posted by orange swan : I'd call it at around 10 million (low) to 100 million (high) for this juicy little tidbit.

"The Iconoclast, the President’s hometown newspaper, took Bush on his word.....Again, he let us down.

We presumed the President had solid proof.....we were duped....

......Now he argues unconvincingly that Iraq was providing safe harbor to terrorists, his new key justification for the invasion. It is like arguing that America provided safe harbor to terrorists leading to 9/11.

Once and for all, George Bush was President of the United States on that day. No one else. He had been President nine months, he had been officially warned of just such an attack a full month before it happened. As President, ultimately he and only he was responsible for our failure to avert those attacks.

We should expect that a sitting President would vacation less, if at all, and instead tend to the business of running the country, especially if he is, as he likes to boast, a “wartime president.” America is in service 365 days a year. We don’t need a part-time President who does not show up for duty as Commander-In-Chief until he is forced to, and who is in a constant state of blameless denial when things don’t get done......

.....America’s reputation and influence in the world has diminished, leaving us with brute force as our most persuasive voice......Iraq is now a quagmire: no WMDs, no substantive link between Saddam and Osama, and no workable plan for the withdrawal of our troops. We are asked to go along on faith. But remember, blind patriotism can be a dangerous thing and “spin” will not bring back to life a dead soldier; certainly not a thousand of them....."


This is very well written and should travel far even on limp media wings.
posted by troutfishing at 6:37 PM on September 28, 2004


Hehe. Damn hippies.
posted by tiamat at 6:51 PM on September 28, 2004


Is there a site that cleanly and simply lists the endorsements from papers across the nation?
posted by gluechunk at 7:26 PM on September 28, 2004


The Iconoclast? Shrug. Hip Hop billionares still support Bush. (quickitime clip)
posted by madamjujujive at 7:58 PM on September 28, 2004


here's a list from 2000, gluechunk
posted by amberglow at 8:00 PM on September 28, 2004


Um, their circulation is 425.
posted by dobbs at 8:19 PM on September 28, 2004


Crawford's mayor -- he's black -- also supports Kerry (of course, he is "self-described as the only Democrat in politics" there). Crawford is in Texas's 11th district, represented by Democrat Chet Edwards. (Naturally, they're trying to reverse that, with Edwards in a remapped district.) They've sent a Dem to the state legislature as well.

As for the charge of opportunism, the paper was founded on it, more or less taking advantage of the coming to town of Bush -- but its misgivings seem to be more or less honest.

That said, it's an old GOP tactic to run an ad with the dissenters from a candidate's home town.
posted by dhartung at 8:35 PM on September 28, 2004


If we agree, are they still iconoclasts?

And their circulation just went up to at least 17,000.

Real America, indeed.

On preview; So, dhartung, as a tactic, it's been proven to work?
posted by dglynn at 9:47 PM on September 28, 2004


dglynn - well of course, silly! What's notable is that it's taken the Democrats so long to copy the tactic. Maybe it's something to do with their brain function.

"That said, it's an old GOP tactic to run an ad with the dissenters from a candidate's home town." - dhartung, ah - politics~!

The more things change......
posted by troutfishing at 7:03 AM on September 29, 2004


Instead we were duped into following yet another privileged agenda.

Ladies and gentlemen, I think we've just been presented with the winning theme for the debate tomorrow night.

Also, I love that the newspaper's name is the Iconoclast.
posted by alumshubby at 9:35 AM on September 29, 2004


Sen. John Kerry has opened up an early lead in the number -- and potential impact -- of newspaper endorsements, according to E&P's exclusive tabulation covering the race for president.

posted by amberglow at 1:35 PM on October 7, 2004


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