Joe Tarica is San Luis Obispo’s own Pauline Kael, The New Yorker film critic who (perhaps apocryphally) claimed she didn’t understand how Nixon won re-election because no one she knew voted for him.
Tarica is dismayed by the fact that many Americans didn’t vote the way that he prefers. Tarica says Americans are “wracked by phantom fears and manipulated by demogogues” and points to gay marriage and Ebola, while ignoring an ice-free North Pole that never materialized or the “war on women” that wasn’t.
In May, Editor Sandra Duerr touted The Tribune’s editing system that ensured only unbiased reporting is published — and Tarica, as senior editor, is part of that. But could an editor so ignorant of the views of millions of Americans who don’t share his rose-colored view of the Obama administration really detect biased reporting that comports with his world view?
With the election so recent, I’d challenge Duerr to recall the mood of the newsroom on Nov. 4 and compare it to election night 2012. The moods weren’t the same, and for one reason: Her newsroom is populated by liberals. The only people who believe her newsroom leans right are those on the radical left.