Hard times in newspaperin’ everywhere:
Less than a year after moving into a new building downtown, The Columbian newspaper’s newsroom and business staff will return this weekend to its former headquarters in an effort to cut costs.
The newspaper is looking for a buyer for the new building, and the asking price is $41.5 million.
But the threat of bankruptcy — mentioned in October when the building move was announced — appears to have subsided.
Editor Lou Brancaccio is taking stock in the spirit of the season:
I am grateful for those who oppose us and say bad things about us. Does this sound strange to some of you? It shouldn’t. Of course I’m most grateful for those who criticize us in a constructive way. Still, I accept those who simply are bitter. It takes all kinds to make the world go around. Ironically, it is the free press that has helped to guarantee that their bitterness is heard.
Meanwhile the editorial staff itself is brimming over with holiday joy:
Jeers: To the close-minded, agenda-anchored über-liberals who are castigating Barack Obama for inviting Pastor Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at the inauguration on Jan. 20.
Warren’s allies in California are spreading Christianist love all over the court system, with the help of none other than Ken Starr:
The sponsors of Proposition 8 on Friday argued for the first time that the court should undo the marriages of the estimated 18,000 same-sex couples who exchanged vows before voters banned gay marriage at the ballot box last month
Look, if Obama wants to call Rick Warren in for a nice chat about why the fuck Rick Warren and his fundamentalist allies think it’s legitimate to revoke people’s basic civil rights, fine. They can talk all they want.
That’s not what’s happening. Warren will be delivering the invocation at the inauguration, with all the attendant symbolism that entails.
Progressives have a moral duty to point out what Rick Warren and his ilk actually stand for, and it’s not a pretty picture, all the glossy trappings aside. If it makes editors feel better to harrumph and snort about how middle-of-the-road they are, also fine, but they’re missing the entire point.