Because the two main newspapers in Detroit, the News and the Free Press, have cut home delivery from 7 days to 3 days and raised newsstand prices from 50 cents to 1 dollar to stop losing money, a new paper has sprouted in this city called the Detroit Daily Press.
Its first edition came out Monday 11/22 so I bought a copy out of curiosity (and because it’s only 50 cents). I wanted to see what the editorial page would be like and I found a hint in their first editorial titled “A voice of clarity” written by managing editor Bruce McLaughlan. That title looks promising.
About the editorial page Mr. McLaughlan writes “It won’t push a liberal agenda. Nor will it don a conservative cloak.” He goes on to add that “Instead, like the Metro Detroiters it serves, this page will consider issues on their merits. That means examining the facts, of course, as well as critiquing the way they are framed by various political viewpoints.” Now I had mixed feelings. This could be a call for moderation, exactly what I don’t want, and yet “critiquing the way they are framed” is a depth of thinking glaringly absent from the two major daily’s editorial pages.
Because I had doubts, I didn’t buy a paper until Friday 11/27. Mr. McLaughlan again penned an editorial that really surprised me. It was titled “It’s not your fault” and its theme was ‘don’t accept an unearned guilt.’ The paper was not online yet so I can’t link to anything but here are a few excerpts.
First paragraph: “You’re going to read a lot about guilt in the coming months. It won’t be labeled as such, but that’s the subliminal message.” How true! He points out how consumers are often blamed for not spending enough and other times for foolishly spending too much. The last three paragraphs say:
“You can’t do much about being blamed for everything, but you are in charge of whether you accept the feeling of guilt on behalf of the economy.
“Here in cash-strapped Metro Detroit, it’s time to reject the guilt and do what’s right for you and your family. If savings is the most prudent approach, save. The kids will be just as happy with smaller gifts that are wrapped with the same amount of love – or perhaps even more love, undiluted by worry.
“Just don’t bring home a big box of guilt this holiday season. You can’t afford it.”
Wow! I look forward to more of these. I’ll be sending an LTE lauding that editorial. Unfortunately, I just heard that the paper is suspending operations until after Jan 1st due to a lack of advertising. A good article by Bill Shea at Crain’s Detroit Business about the new paper is here. I wish the paper well and for all the reasons Mr. Shea mentions. But even if it fails, and with the current administration in Washington and its bought and paid for press selling guilt on a massive scale, it was still a little breath of fresh air.