Are There Any Real Newspaper Editors Any Longer?

by lewwaters

You just got to love this old movie scene, taken from the 1939 classic, ‘Jesse James.’ Throughout the movie, the character of Major Rufus Cobb, the grizzled news editor rails on and on against what he sees as unjust, calling upon whatever it is to “take them out and shoot them down like dogs.”

Just a movie line and not anything meant to be taken literal, but it shows a mindset where once upon a time, newspaper editors stood up for the citizens against corrupt, unjust politicians or whoever was trying to take advantage of the citizens.

What made me think of this was an article appearing in the Columbian,

Legislature has clout to OK tolls for light rail
It could do so even if voters defeat proposed C-Tran hike

The gist of the article amounts to rubbing voters noses into the dirt telling us the vote we fought so hard for, separate funding of C-Trans from Loot Rail extended from Portland may not matter, the legislature having the power to ignore voters and just do as they please. The article states,

“C-Tran’s board of directors will meet Saturday to talk about whether the board is still on track to place a ballot measure before voters in November.”

“That measure would boost the sales tax by one-tenth of 1 percent to operate an extension of Portland’s light-rail transit system across a new Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River.”

“There’s just one thing: It may not matter.”

“The state Legislature could, in the face of a ballot measure defeat, simply authorize bridge tolls to be used for operating and maintaining the new light rail line.”

Don’t expect editorials from Lou Brancaccio or John Laird to write against such strong arming of taxpayers. If anything they, completely unlike the movie character of Major Cobb, go along with such unjust actions by the “Ruling Class” in Olympia.

No, instead you can expect more railing against successful businessman David Madore and his group NoTolls.com, who continue to speak out on the unjust actions of the “Ruling Class” ramming an unwanted, expensive project down the throats of voters and taxpayers.

During the days of the expansion west by the railroads in the 19th century, questionable ethics and corruption were widely known, recorded in the history books and credited with giving us the axiom “railroaded through,” not unlike what we see today with the expansion of Loot Rail against voter and taxpayer wishes. Unlike the 19th century, there is no land left to tame nor is there a need to move goods and settlers across a vast divide, settling new lands.

It’s only the desires of some unknown fatcats reaping millions of dollars off of a disgruntled citizenry forced to pony up dwindling and precious tax dollars, whether they have it or not.

If we can believe any of the old movies, once was a time newspaper editors stood up to corrupt members of the elected “Ruling Class” and exposed their corruption and scandals, looking out for the “little guys,” not try to make a big deal out of one they don’t particularly care for having a single beer for lunch or spreading dirt on citizen advocate groups and successful businessmen.

We sure could use a Major Rufus Cobb in Southwest Washington today. If there were any, blogs like this one would not need to exist.

4 Comments to “Are There Any Real Newspaper Editors Any Longer?”

  1. Actually some of the fatcats are known. They spent big bucks supporting light rail the last time it was on the Oregon ballot:

    NAME OF CONTRIBUTOR AMOUNT
    ————————————————————————–
    Portland General Electric……………………………………..$52,500
    Pacific Power……………………………………………………..$52,500
    International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers……..$50,640
    Fred Meyer…………………………………………………………$50.000
    International Union of Operating Engineers……………$44,710
    U.S. Bancorp………………………………………………………$35,000
    First Interstate Bank…………………………………………….$30,000
    Siemens Duewag Corporation……………………………….$30,000
    Oregon Public Employees Union…………………………..$27,400
    Legacy Health……………………………………………………..$25,000
    Portland Trail Blazers…………………………………………..$22,750
    Local Union Legal Foundation………………………………$20,000
    Parsons, Brinckerhoff, Quade & Douglas………………..$20,000
    Bridge Structural, & Ornamental Iron Workers………..$17,400
    Sheet Metal Workers…………………………………………….$16,350
    Bank of America………………………………………………….$15,000
    Intel Corporation………………………………………………….$15,000
    Bricklayers & Allied Craftsmen……………………………..$14,000
    LTK Engineering Services…………………………………….$13,400
    BRW Inc……………………………………………………………..$12,500
    Middleton & Compauy………………………………………….$12,000
    Greenbriar Company…………………………………………….$10,000
    Tom Walsh…………………………………………………………..$10,000
    Zummer Grinnel Frasca Partnership………………………..$10,000
    Goldman Sachs & G.)……………………………………………$10,000
    Nike, Inc……………………………………………………………..$10,000
    Kiewit Pacific………………………………………………………$10,000
    Morse Brothers…………………………………………………….$10,000
    Union Pacific Railroad………………………………………….$10,000
    Hanley Industrial properties…………………………………..$10,000
    Bombardiere Corporation………………………………………$10,000
    City Center Parking………………………………………………$10,000
    Obie Outdoor Advertising……………………………………..$10,000
    OTAK Architects…………………………………………………$10,000
    Standard Insurance……………………………………………….$10,000
    U.S. West Communications…………………………………..$10,000
    United Infrastructure…………………………………………….$10,000
    Amalgamated Tran it Union……………………………………$8,100
    Cement Masons…………………………………………………….$7,650
    Hoffman Corporation…………………………………………….$7,500
    CH2M Hill…………………………………………………………..$6,000
    O’Brien Kreizberg…………………………………………………$5,600
    James Furman & Co-…………………………………………….$5,000
    Dames & Moore…………………………………………………..$5,000
    Providence Health Systems……………………………………$5,000
    Slayden Construction…………………………………………….$5,000
    Kaiser Permanente………………………………………………..$5,000
    David Evans & Associates……………………………………..$5,000
    Class PAC……………………………………………………………$5,000
    CFI Pro Services…………………………………………………..$5,000
    Davis, Wright, Tremaine……………………………………….$5,000
    NW Natural Gas Co-…………………………………………….$5,000
    Zidell, Inc-…………………………………………………………..$5,000
    Stoel, Rives, Boley, Jones, & Gray…………………………$5,000
    Yeon Properties……………………………………………………$5,000
    Pacific Gas Transmission………………………………………$5,000
    AT & T Wireless………………………………………………….$5,000
    Block 216 Partners……………………………………………….$5,000
    Keylorp Management…………………………………………..$5,000
    ———————————————————————————————————–
    TOTAL, CONTRIBUTIONS OVER $5,000…………………………………….$884,800
    PERCENTAGE OF ALL CONTRIBUTIONS…………………………. 76.5%

    TOTAL, CONTRIBUTIONS OVER $1,000……………………………………..$980,640
    PERCENTAGE OF ALL CONTRIBUTIONS…………………………. 84.8%

    TOTAL, ALL CONTRIBUTIONS…………………………………………………$1,156,340

    Thanks
    JK

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  2. Actually Jim, I feel there are fatcats much higher up who stand to make many millions off of us.

    This whole thing is beginning to smell very much like the 19th century Railroad expansion west and the subsequent corruption and highly questionable ethics.

    I say that because Loot Rail is being pushed off on communities all across the nation.

    I see it as the Robber Barons have returned.

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  3. This list does include the people who make the rail equipment (Bombardiere & Siemens) Sell the bonds (the banks) Build the system (the unions, consultants, construction companies) and land speculators (local “investers”) . So it appears to have a good sampling of those who hope to get the money. How the bribe the higher ups, I can only speculate.

    Thanks
    JK

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