Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Roanoke Times replaces Geoff Seamans -- with another liberal

"I'm getting fed up with the relentless and growing demonization of people in this country based on their political beliefs -- beliefs I happen to share.
Yes, I am a liberal." Dan Radmacher, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Jan. 4, 2004

When I saw yesterday that Dan Radmacher had been added to the Roanoke Times' editorial staff, I thought it was this guy. I thought, "Well, it's a little odd, but at least it broadens their intellectual diversity."

But alas, when I checked the Roanoke Times' website I discovered Mr. Radmacher is really this guy.

Ruh oh...

Perhaps Mr. Radmacher introduced himself to readers via a column, but the Salt Lick never saw it. Just in case he doesn't get around to it, we provide the following, all available on the internet, to our readers.

The basics: Dan Radmacher worked at the Charleston Gazette (West Virginia) from 1993 to 2003. While there, his forte seemed to be writing on environmental issues, especially mountaintop removal by coal companies. In the summer of 2003, he moved to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune (Florida). Either he missed the mountains or didn't like Hurricane Charley, because he has returned to Appalachia after less than two years. Perhaps Geoff Seaman's departure provided a way to "come back home."

Like any journalist, Mr. Radmacher deserves to be judged on the entirety of his work. Nevertheless, the abstracts from his past columns confirm that the Roanoke Times did not use Geoff Seaman's departure as an opportunity to increase the intellectual diversity of its staff. This is truly sad. Few people, certainly not Salt Lick, like to have their worst fears about people confirmed. Is it any wonder there is so little trust in the objectivity of the nation's mainstream media?

Why would a newspaper whose editorial staff consists entirely of left-wing journalists hire someone who thinks like themselves? What kind of intellectual growth does that promote? What kind of journalism does it produce? Is it possible the RT's Radmacher is the same as the author who wrote “Corporate imperialism: The real reason for Iraq invasion,” Dan Radmacher, New York Review of Books 9 Oct. 2003? Sample quote: “American corporations will colonize Iraq, and they'll make billions of dollars in the process.” Don't know, but the following evidence is ominous.

Below follow abstracts of just a few of Mr. Radmacher's columns. You can buy the complete columns at the indicated newspaper websites; Salt Lick is glad he can't afford to. Read them and weep.
Amarillo Globe News
Web posted Thursday, December 21, 2000
Guest Column: President-elect Bush isn't worth rallying around
By Dan Radmacher

"CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has put the final nail in Vice President Al Gore's coffin, some people are insisting it's time to put all the divisiveness of the past month or so behind us and rally around the new president.
Well, I say to hell with that."
May 2, 2004.
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Traditional war won't work.
by Dan Radmacher

"There is a growing realization that George W. Bush's War on Terror' is at best a faulty metaphor and at worst an enormous strategic blunder."
April 18, 2004
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
The price of hubris
by Dan Radmacher

"During the 2000 presidential campaign, many wondered whether George W. Bush had the gravitas to be president. But lack of gravitas has turned out to be less a problem than an overabundance of another ancient quality: hubris.
Hubris is what the Greeks called an unwarranted pride and arrogance that usually leads the mighty to a fall."
March 7, 2004
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Let's go forward on marriage
by Dan Radmacher

"My marriage doesn't need defending from Rosie O'Donnell, thank you very much.
If yours does, you probably have bigger problems than can be solved by a constitutional amendment."
May 5, 2003
Charleston Gazette
by Dan Radmacher

"IT COULD not have been easy for Christie Todd Whitman in the Bush administration."

NEWSPAPER MOGULS! There's a thirsty market down here in SW Virginia for a newspaper that plays it straight! Honest.