Chattanooga Times Should Secede From Free Press - And Response (3)

Thursday, November 14, 2013 - by Gregory Smith

Mayor Andy Berke believes Chattanooga needed Domestic Partnerships to “attract talented employees and remain competitive” in the 21st century economy. Am I living in the South? Is this the Bible Belt? Since when do Southerners care about what others think of them? Yet this is the view the Chattanooga Times Free Press supports, the “right” section of the opinion page, the Free Press side, has not printed a rebuttal. 

Are the “journalists” at CTFP self-hating Southerners?  I have met many of those people that want Chattanooga to be more like Austin, Boulder, Boston, New York City, etc., people who instead of embracing the South, apologize for it. You’ll see them on Facebook, they’re the ones trashing “rednecks” while ignoring the welfare queens in New York City.

They watch “12 Years A Slave” while ignoring that there are more blacks moving South than going north. They claim to stand up for diversity while telling the 90 percent plus Christian majority not to pray before government meetings, not even at football games. It’s freedom for me, not thee.  

Yet if the South is so bad, so rotten, why do they stay? And why do others come? I have lived all over America, Miami, Detroit, Chicago, Dallas, and I can tell you that Chattanooga is the best city so far. Traffic here is laughable, the cost of owning property or renting is low, the food is fantastic, the people are friendly and as long as you mind your own business, people leave you alone. 

Yet these liberal self-hating southerners are acting like they’re living in “Mississippi Burning,” like segregation hasn’t gone away, we can’t even make fun of Obama’s big ears without being called racist, yet it’s okay for them to compare George W. Bush to a chimpanzee.

Everything I love about the South is being challenged, The Chattanooga Times Free Press fired Drew Johnson (who was more libertarian than conservative) and hasn’t even bothered to replace him. Go to their Opinion page, the “conservative” Free Press side has the same tired article about welcoming immigrants while the liberal Times side continues with their cornucopia of gun-bashing, welfare-defending, and Obama-excusing.  

I didn’t know immigrants needed to be welcomed; I am far more interested in getting some of our “Gun-Free Zones” eliminated. As someone with a concealed carry permit, I resent having to abide by signs criminals ignore. Perhaps the University of Tennessee should post Rape-Free Zone, Burglary-Free Zone, and Murder-Free Zone as a way of preventing those crimes, since signs save lives and all.  

Yet these opinions are considered politically incorrect, unsuitable for publication. It’s the reason Clay Bennett gets promoted on Facebook while the other cartoonist languishes in print. This isn’t coincidental, nothing in a newspaper happens by accident. This is on purpose, their objective is to expose us to the “right” ideas, they treat us like cattle, the customer is never right and they’re going to “nudge us” with pro-choice, anti-gun, pro-“diversity” and anti-individual propaganda, not to mention a heavy dose of Southernphobia. 

Perhaps the Chattanooga Times should secede from the Free Press; this unity of opposites isn’t working. If we can’t have two newspapers, if the center-right majority is not represented, then why continue this charade? It would be like the Washington Post merging with the Washington Times and firing every conservative columnist while calling itself The Washington Post Times. If a cesspool like DC can have two newspapers, why can’t a city like Chattanooga have two opinion sections?  

Gregory Smith lives in Chattanooga and publishes the blog:

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Just the word, amen, is adequate.  

Harold Coker

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Mr. Smith has articulated exactly why I refuse to ever allow Chattanooga’s “Daily Pravda” into my home.


Amen, indeed.

John T. Sanders 

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I agree with Gregory Smith concerning our local newspaper.  My family has subscribed since the early 60’s but when they fired Drew Johnson I did not renew my subscription.  I have found that I really don’t feel like I missing anything.  There was never any news just propaganda and advertisement.   

The price increase they were going to also was a consideration.  Why pay for being insulted concerning a belief that if you believe government is not the answer for everything, you are ignorant. 

Well, enough said.  

Richard ELrod

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