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Subscribe to Your Local Newspaper, Even If It Stinks, and Urge Its Editors to Improve It


Subscribe to your local newspaper, even if it’s a terrible, poorly-written right-wing rag, and urge its editors to improve its coverage.


Yes, really. You’ve long since heard the calls to support the heavy-hitter papers such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal. You need to support your local paper with your dollars, too, even if you hate it.


Why? First off, it’s the only game in town. A bad local newspaper is almost always better than no local newspaper because a local newspaper is one of the best checks on local government, and sometimes it’s the only check on local government. A subscription is an investment in checking your local government.


Second, newspapers are obsessed with giving their readers what they say they want. If their readers want coverage that slants to the right, that’s what they’ll print. The only way to make a bad local paper better (aside from starting a competing local paper), is to subscribe and demand that they cover things that matter to you, and praise them when they do.


Third, local papers, even bad ones, will nonetheless tell you, at minimum, the basics of what’s happening with local government, the school board, the police department, the fire department, community groups, and other entities you need to keep an eye on. Again, if the paper is doing a lousy job, give its editorial staff polite constructive criticism in the form of emails and letters to the editor (a future OTYCD post will deal with how to write Letters to the Editor).


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Ask Your Favorite Newspapers, Magazines, and Websites to Cover the Many Faces of the Resistance

This OTYCD entry originally posted in December 2017.

Ask your favorite newspapers, magazines, and websites to cover the many, many people who have joined the Resistance. 

Are you sick to death of stories about Trump voters who voted for Trump and are still okay with having voted for Trump? Same here.

Why are there not more stories about people who were never really that politically active until the 2016 election happened and now they’re pissed enough to fight back?

We want more stories about THOSE PEOPLE. They’d be far more interesting and there are far more of them.

Get in touch with your favorite publications and ask them to cover ordinary local folks who were moved to take extraordinary steps after Trump was elected.

Point them to your local Indivisible group, or link them to local Facebook pages for the Resistance, or point them to candidates who are running for something because of Trump, or point them to Action Alliance, which lists dozens of pro-Resistance groups that burst into being after the election:

Help change the narrative! Maybe we’ll get fewer stories about Trump voters at long last.