John Laird’s Hatchet Job Against Conservatives Continues

by lewwaters

As anyone within the region served by Clark Counties newspaper of record knows, the Columbian is as “unbiased” as they can be. Or so they claim. In spite of example after example of the contrary being shown, editor Lou Brancaccio can be expected every few weeks or so to pen a column boasting of their “unbiased” claims.

From the cloak of secrecy surrounding the abrupt and mysterious resignation of Democrat 49th legislative district representative Jim Jacks to the continual support of the boondoggle Columbia River Crossing project, the Columbian continues giving a pass to Democrats and projects favored by them, even though it is continually shown to be of no real benefit to the community or taxpayers who will be stuck the bills for generations to come.

No better example of the “trash and bash” against anybody to the right of Chairman Mao or Vladimir Ilyich Lenin can be seen that the regular Sunday editorials of editorial page editor John Laird.

His latest screed, Tea for two: no talk about politics begins with a cutesy grandfatherly tale of having a child’s “tea party” with his 3 year-old granddaughter, then launches into a complete condemnation of conservatives and the Tea Party movement citing a “CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll revealed that 32 percent of respondents view the Tea Party favorably and 47 percent see it unfavorably.”

Anything such as this is guaranteed to send a quiver up Laird’s leg.

In gleeful support of this view, Laird brings up 3 new Republicans, U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher of Frog Jump, Tenn., U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler, Mo. and Rep. Marlin Stutzman, Ind. all of whom are accused of either themselves or some family member accepting government subsidy money between the time of 1995 to 2009.

That’s 3 people out of 82 newly elected GOP members or roughly 3.6% of newly elected house members. With that small of a number, Laird ridicules and condemns the entire movement.

Ignored by Laird and those on the left is an unprecedented media assault on the movement, from falsely alleging racism to lumping the far left Lyndon LaRouche people into the movement from the time the movement rose down to the present day.

We also see almost daily assaults by greedy public union bosses, with the full support of media types such as Laird attacking efforts to bring spending under control in Wisconsin and elsewhere designed to have public union members “pay their fair share.”

Also ignored by Laird and others is the Tea Party people who are standing firm on issues that brought about the Tea Party or newly elected representatives like retired Army Colonel Allen West also standing with his feet firmly planted in the ground.

Publicly ignored and apparently embraced by the likes of John Laird, is Democrats like former National Chairman Howard Dean who gleefully look forward to a government shutdown to point fingers of blame towards Republicans and efforts by Sen. Chuckie Schumer to paint everything to the right as “extremist” in an obvious ploy to drive a wedge between the GOP and Tea Party folks.

We can see this in his quoting far leftist Washington State Democrat Rep. Jim McDermott crying about “cutting funds for the Women, Infants and Children program,” where a 10% cut is labeled “devastating” to the program while ignoring common sense ways to decrease spending in WIC that might actually be of benefit to those served by the WIC program.

Looking back over the years of John Laird’s hatchet jobs against conservatives, maybe I have it all wrong. Maybe he really isn’t so biased and the reason he remains hateful towards conservatives lies in his having tea parties with his granddaughters that muddled his head, as described in a well circulated email,

“One day my mother was out and my dad was in charge of me and my brother who is four years older than I am. I was maybe 3 years old and had just recovered from an accident in which my arm had been broken among other injuries. 

Someone had given me a little ‘tea set’ as a get-well gift and it was one of my favorite toys. Daddy was in the living room engrossed in the evening news and my brother was playing nearby in the living room when I brought Daddy a little cup of ‘tea,’ which was just water. After several cups of tea and lots of praise for such yummy tea, my Mom came home. My Dad made her wait in the living room to watch me bring him a cup of tea, because it was ‘just the cutest thing!!’

My Mom waited, and sure enough, here I come down the hall with a cup of tea for Daddy and she watches him drink it up, then says, ‘Did it ever occur to you that the only place that baby can reach to get water is the toilet’??”

Maybe it’s really in what water John drinks.

11 Comments to “John Laird’s Hatchet Job Against Conservatives Continues”

  1. That’s priceless, Lew.


  2. Jack, Laird claims to be from Texas, but doesn’t act like any Texan I’ve ever known of (I’m married to one).

    So, it must be the water he drinks 😉


  3. Jack, Lew, Martin and Kelly,

    I do not think John had enough of that Texas Tea? 🙂 (oil.)


  4. Is that why his spurs squeak when he walks? 😉


  5. I like the article written about the person asking for a “massive” public records file, the supposed thousands it would cost, the inflammatory words in it and the “outing” of the person making such requests.

    Why did the Columbian and Mayor comment on this: Because the person is likely to be (now sssshhh, very quiet….”opponent” Now that’s a story that should scare people.


  6. The cover-ups when Democrats do wrong and the exaggerations when Republicans do wrong are simply appaling.

    And now, in the midst of a cover-up on Jim Jacks abrupt quitting of his office so soon after being elected, Craig Pridemore finds it humorous enough to make an April Fools joke over it?

    No wonder the state and Olympia are so screwed up!


  7. I ask of all of you, do you not see some form of shennanigans going on?

    You know, I would love to see John do another attempt at covering the Columbian River Crossing Project without the childish name calling and some good set of facts?

    John, if you read this, do another article. But please refrain from future name calling? More and more of us in the community are tiring of it. You are intelligent and can rise above it. If you are just trying to get a rise out of Lew or Kelly, it is more affecting your core subscribers who continue to leave because they see no real news or decently backed opinion from your newspaper.


  8. Your final sentence is a point many of us have been trying for a long time to get across to them, Jeremy. I am not one who wishes to see the Columbian go broke and close down. I would like to see the community better served by them by providing some balance in news stories for all of Clark County, not just run cover for people like Jim Jacks.


  9. Look, I am in no way against a good argument that brings out some good discourse. What the problem is, is that the reporting is barely nonexistant, the OpEd section tends to read the same way from the same people.

    John pieces are flambastic, they either 1) Do not make sense. 2) Inflamatory for no good reason other than to piss a minority of community members off. 3) And finally, it seems that the pieces seem to cover the same threads over and over again laces with the immature labeling rights that he so profoundly feels this it is 1st amendment right to throw with the position the newspaper has put him in.

    Honestly, I think his time has passed and they seriously need to put out a call or find his replacement. Someone who knows this community well, won’t cower to one side or the other politically and create good discussions about what is going on, without having to resort to name calling and labeling like a 2 year old would do when learning how to speak.


  10. I often wonder if Stephanie Rice isn’t being groomed to be the next John Laird. Her articles all too often mirror his editorials in how she went after Mielke, Svehaug and a few others.


  11. If that is true, there is another person who might be also being groomed for upper management at the columbian. The features and business editor, Courtenay Sherwood.

    She is not just intelligent but she communicates so well, as some interesting topics and is willing to listen to suggestions and ideas for future topics. I have spent some time with her in email along with Libby Tucker and Matt W. (name being withheld because I do not remember how to spell the newfangly..)

    She might be the more quiet and conservative? Could be wrong though on her poliitcal side. But I am looking for the next edition on many different fronts. I am wondering in the next ten to twenty years if one of Scott’s sons is going to take over or start being groomed after he’s had time to go to college/university and some of the my age group advance in age and have a further voice in the community as the older age groups advance in age and die.

    As to Stephanie Rice, that might be a possibility. I have no clue up or down if she might take over John’s position if he so chose to retire and become Tom K’s replacement as editor emeritus. That would all be up to the Scott and his family and whomever might own any shares.

    Either choice would have to go through some form of vetting process internally and Scott along with Lou, John and a few OpEd board members might also be keeping their eyes out for community talent to fit future rolls within their organization.


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