Stuff like this tells you something.
MADISON, Wis. – Faced with a scarcity of letters praising the president, a newspaper in a Republican-leaning district appealed for pro-Bush letters, then backed off the request Tuesday amid complaints of blatant politics.
Last week in an editorial, The Post-Crescent said most of its letters had been coming from one side and asked readers “to help us 'balance' things out.”
“We've been getting more letters critical of President Bush than those that support him,” the editorial said. “We're not sure why, nor do we want to guess. But in today's increasingly polarized political environment, we would prefer our offering to put forward a better sense of balance.”
On Tuesday, the newspaper located in Appleton, Wis., with a daily circulation of just over 56,000 ran a second editorial stepping back from the appeal.
The newspaper is located in a congressional district that Bush won handily in 2000, beating Gore, 52 percent to 43 percent.