A Public Confession

RECEIVED Fri., May 16, 2008

Dear Editor,
    I have a confession to make. I am one of those people who The Austin Chronicle despises right now. I had the audacity to vote for Mike Reid and am now "responsible" for the run-off for the ACC board seat ["ACC: Mahoney Comes Out on Top, for Now," News, May 16].
    Like probably most people voting, I knew nothing about this election. I based what little I knew about it on what I had read and had not read in newspapers such as The Austin Chronicle.
    I did attend a candidates' forum for the council races. Not all the candidates attended the forum. But at the forum, I decided to vote for Ken Weiss and Sam Osemene.
    Later, I noticed that the Chronicle had decided that neither Weiss nor Osemene were worthy of any coverage. The Chronicle even gave "no endorsement" in the council race Weiss was running in.
    Naturally, I wonder what criteria was used to determine who the anointed candidates were. My guess is that it was simply personal bias. No polls are taken in local elections. And honest journalists certainly would never use criteria like a candidates' money to determine how much free news coverage he gets. Journalists hate how money determines elections.
    Realizing that the journalists at the Chronicle were anointing certain candidates, I ended up voting for all the candidates that the Chronicle had not anointed. The sole reason I voted for Mike Reid was the fact that local journalists were ignoring him.
Chris Baker
   [Editor's response: The Austin Chronicle is not an ideological entity with everyone working for it in lockstep. We frequently disagree with one another. When it comes to endorsements, every effort is made to be informative, considerate, and fair. The Editorial Board does the endorsing. Neither they or the rest of the Chronicle in any way have hostility toward those who disagree with us politically. We are offering our opinion; you are acting on yours.]
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