By Tom Quiner

Conservatives have abandoned mainstream newspapers in droves. They don’t like their liberal slant.

Here’s what happens. The letters to the editor paper receive are stacked for liberal causes ten to one. Casual readers are left with the impression that their community is overwhelming in favor of whatever the liberal cause of the day is.

I have had four of my Quiner’s Diner posts published in the Des Moines Register in the past two months. The letters in response have hammered me, which is pretty par for the course. So today’s response to my piece on the “nuns on the bus” tour from Steve Huber was a breath of fresh air. I share it with you in the hope that conservatives make their voices heard in the MSM to help balance out liberal viewpoints:

“I am very pleased to see the writings of Tom Quiner once again appear in print (“Ryan’s Federal Budget Plan Is Bold and Compassionate,” June 26). Not only does he have a writing style I want to follow to the end of each piece, every paragraph makes a point.

Tom brings a tangible balance to the Register that, based on conversation around the water cooler this morning, many folks enjoy. Can anything be done to make sure we get to read him on a more permanent basis? I’d love to see him dueling with Donald Kaul on a variety of topics. Sadly, Kaul would be unarmed.”

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  1. Lisa Bourne on July 1, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Tom I couldn’t agree more that conservatives need to be heard. Unfortunately, once you’ve arrived at peak awareness, unless you have a compelling reason, such as your employment, or activism, keeping abreast of “mainstream” media output is a bothersome task fraught with eye-rolling annoyance peppered with the occasional lol. With the overabundance of information flying around out there, and a whole lot of it valuable if you know where to look, why would one subject themselves to slanted drivel unless compelled to do so? I’m not sure what to call the media anymore, because it certainly isn’t mainstream if those who’ve woken up have abandoned most of it in droves. Substandard quality, often clueless reporters, shrill, arrogant, leftist columnists, editors and commentators, puff pieces on the latest in vapid pop culture or worse, pushing or celebrating some aspect of the decline in morality today, photos highlighting the latest bar crowd or booby establishment; and they wonder why readership and viewership continues to plummet. While consuming media that is somehow still labeled mainstream is not a good use of time or resources, there is the concern as you say, over the welfare of those still hanging on to the notion that these outlets are viable sources of information. It IS unsettling that these organizations are the news sources these people depend upon. I think it’s kind of like the Catholic faith, Tom. Folks like you are like missionaries. You stay engaged in the “mainstream media” mess, reaching out to those in need, those who are lost, taking your hits and getting beat up. But, just like with the Catholic faith, people have to come when they are ready, when they fully see the truth of God’s Church. The Church invites, but it’s up to the person to accept the invitation. And just as with the faith, one is more likely to come to the truth in media if they are invited and informed. You do an excellent job informing and inviting, Tom. God bless you for continuing to reach out in the storm of slant.

    • quinersdiner on July 1, 2012 at 10:02 am

      Thanks for the eloquent response to the dilemma faced by conservatives. Please, keep reading and responding like you do.

  2. joesix on July 1, 2012 at 10:21 am

    I’m more of the belief that no one under 40 is getting their news from newspapers anymore.

    • quinersdiner on July 1, 2012 at 2:43 pm

      That has long been a problem for newspapers. The problem is getting worse. Your point is well-taken. Thanks for writing.

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