DATE: 4/27/2004 09:11:00 AM
More Advocacy - The Bangor Daily News continues its unabashed pro-environmentalist cheerleading this morning in a story about the proposed Maine Woods National Park. Here is the lead:
A Maine Woods National Park in the northern and western parts of the state doesn't need to be a restrictive place from which hunters and fishermen are banished. It doesn't need to acquire land in any way other than from willing sellers. It doesn't need to ban all vehicles, and it doesn't need to cover 3.2 million acres, the number used by park advocates RESTORE: The North Woods. In fact, it doesn't even need to be called The Maine Woods National Park, supporters of the concept announced Monday.In other words, quit worrying about this park, guys. It'll be fine - all of your so-called "fears" are unfounded and stupid. Just let us do what we want and get out of the way.
Doesn't the Bangor Daily have editors to prevent this kind of thing? The reader of this story is given reasons why the opposition to a national park is silly right at the beginning, and with no real attribution. I suppose we should be thankful that in this story, at least, the opposition is given ink at all. Advocacy journalism is fine for publications like The New Republic, National Review and others that make their point of view known to the reader. A newspaper, though, should at least have the appearance of objectivity. At least, that's what they used to teach in journalism classes. Has it become a radical idea?