A couple of days ago I sent a message to Jacob Sugarman, the esteemed editor of Open Salon. The message was inspired by the fact that as we approach the presidential election, the Editor's Picks on the cover of OS have begun to strongly resemble the Barack Obama re-election sites.
This caused me to grouse that articles written by political conservatives seem to never receive EPs. I can't remember any -- can you? I sent a message to Jacob complaining about this, and suggesting that if OS is simply an arm of the Democratic party, then perhaps it would be more honorable if the fact was stated up front, rather than simply implied.
Here is a precise copy of my message to Jacob:
I am one of the more politically conservative writers on Open Salon. In the 17 months I have been here, I have never seen a politically conservative post featured as an Editor's Pick. There have, however, been tons of liberal posts on the EP cover.
I know that political conservatives are a small minority here, but they have produced some excellent posts, and these have been absolutely ignored by the EP pickers.
Is it Open Salon's mandate to be a propaganda arm for the Obama administration? If so, maybe that should be frankly stated on the cover page.
-- Arthur Louis
(end of message)
And now let me share with you Jacob's response: