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Star-Telegram Makes Interesting Hire for Its Editorial Page Editor

Cowtown is about to get a little more conservative, y'all.

Ryan photo from Twitter, where he has posted exactly five times

Michael Ryan was just hired as the Star-Telegram’s new editorial page editor. He’s an interesting choice. Ryan’s previous post was at the Augusta Chronicle, where he worked for 16 years, most recently serving as that paper’s editorial page editor. In his farewell to Augusta, he writes:

For years now, hardworking, law-abiding, God-fearing Americans have been dismissed as paranoid, unfriendly bigots for wanting a say in how this country is run. They’re yearning for decency and maybe a little respect, rather than the condescending, elitist snort to shut up, pay their taxes and don’t question how they’re spent. …

Growing numbers of Americans don’t know and don’t seem to care about what it is that makes America exceptional. Heck, they don’t even accept that it is exceptional — which points to a frightening ignorance of the very nature of the country, a failing we might justifiably lay on the schoolhouse steps.

If you think that Ryan might lean conservative, I think you’re right. Nothing wrong with that.

But there was something wrong with a recent decision that Ryan made. Remember the tasteless, bigoted editorial cartoon that the Star-Telegram recently published and then apologized for after 54 former employees called out the paper for its misstep? That “Field Guide to Liberals” cartoon originated at the Augusta Chronicle, meaning that Ryan, as editorial page editor, must have approved it.

So, as I say, interesting hire.

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Comments

  • PeterTx52

    “tasteless, bigoted editorial cartoon” only in the minds of liberals.. I’ve seen far worse liberal editorial cartoonist for example Toles of the Washington Post or Danziger and i don’t remember seeing folks like yourself or others getting riled up over them only because you probably agreed with the cartoon. in fact liberals try to show how the cartoons aren’t racist
    http://amptoons.com/blog/?p=1229
    https://goo.gl/images/YjpvV4

    • PeterTx52
    • Lisa R

      That’s choice. You linked to a blog that shows how those cartoons aren’t by liberals. Way to destroy your own point!
      *applauds*

  • Mavdog

    Glad that I am not a subscriber to the Star-Telegram, saves me from needing to cancel my subscription.
    The irony of Ryan’s rant about “decency and “a little respect” is priceless.

    • PeterTx52

      I imagine you approve then of this cartoon?
      https://goo.gl/images/B55rfY

      • Mavdog

        Are you going to put a list together of all the cartoons you feel are “racist” and grade them on a spectrum?
        No, I don’t think the cartoon is funny. It isn’t “racist” as you claim, in fact it is the opposite. The critique is of Bush using the race of the nominee as a criteria in their selection.
        Swing and miss by you on that one…as well as the 2 above.
        Now, back to the subject, which is the piece by Ryan above. Such victimization he expresses, and lo, the burden he carries.

      • disqus_qx3X6S5SC7

        Good grief, you are terrible at this. Do you actually understand the intent behind that cartoon? No need to answer that.

  • OldLakeHighlander

    As a God-fearing American I can fearfully state that we need more fear with this country. But we fear to be afraid of things for fear of being called things that make us afraid. We yearn to breathe but one free, fearful breath without being criticized for being afraid of fearful things that fear us through nothing but ignorance and laziness on our part. Is there anything we can do about this? I’m afraid not.

  • tested123

    The cartoon was not a problem. Whether you agree or not, it pointed out some of the hypocrisy among liberals about identity politics. That fact that it dealt with race and transgender issues does not make it racist and transphobic. The only problem I had with the Star-Telegram was the fact they apologized for running it. They shouldn’t have done that. They should have owned that decision and explained why they ran it. A good political cartoon can and should spark debate. This one did. They should have facilitated that debate instead of trying to shut it down by apologizing.

  • callison
    • Happy Bennett

      Star Telegram endorses drunk hit and run driving, then publicly lying about it….

    • DubiousBrother

      @callison – I guess what you are saying is the cartoon in question is reinforcing the S-T’s endorsement since Beto is a white of Irish decent pretending to be Hispanic and he does like to dress up in women’s clothes.

      • callison

        Nope.

      • disqus_qx3X6S5SC7

        Please point to an actual example of Beto O’Rourke “pretending to be Hispanic”. He grew up in El Paso and has had the nickname since he was a young child, you dolt.

        • DubiousBrother

          Name calling? You obviously are in Beto’s target demo if you are old enough to vote.

  • Ambrose1963

    He is the perfect choice to edit the dying rag of a dying medium. The local Readers Digest audience will be quite content.

  • John Williams

    Tasteless and bigoted perfectly describes today’s Democratic Party.

  • The Spark

    Clearly, he is another Conservative who believes that only Conservatives are law-abiding & God-fearing….I wonder when God, and more specifically Jesus, started giving ppl the velvet rope treatment?

    • The Spark

      Also, he is supposedly God-fearing but he greenlights a bigoted cartoon? Yes, this sounds like typical Con behavior. Thank you Lord for the News & the New York Times, which I will buy instead

  • The Spark

    But this will “work” for the Telegram, as it has for many media outlets. Conservatives (who are often only selfish & closed-minded, despite their purported Christian largesse), love to see their mean spirited ideas validated. So those of us on the “other side” should be prepared.