One reader commented this week that the number of “guest editorials” we run is growing.
Actually, it is not. We try to write four local editorials a week. Sometimes we write more, sometimes less. We’ve been going through a very newsy stretch, so our editorial board has had a lot to write about.
In the month of June, 20 of our 26 editorials were local and written by The Post-Star. For the year, we have written 127 local editorials and run just 34 guest editorials. That’s a pretty high percentage for a newspaper that does not have a full-time editorial writer.
Once a week, the Associated Press provides us with a selection of editorials from around the country and around the state. I choose most of these and try to choose topics I believe our readers are interested in from newspapers in different parts of the country.
I don’t usually worry about what their position is; I’m looking for an editorial that is interesting and compelling.
The reader who commented seemed to think that our corporate parent, Lee Enterprises, was behind some liberal conspiracy. The reality is that Lee Enterprises is based in Iowa – a red state – and that community is very conservative. But more importantly, Lee has never told us what stories to run or what positions to take in our editorials.
My commenter called them “political propaganda.” All were produced by larger newspapers than The Post-Star. But ultimately, they are all just opinions.