Save the Medford Mail Tribune from its owner's changes!

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Save the Medford Mail Tribune from its owner's changes!

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Allen Hallmark started this petition to Residents of southern Oregon & northern California

On Sunday, Feb. 28th, Steve Saslow, owner/publisher of the Mail Tribune of Medford, Oregon, wrote an editorial announcing big changes in how the paper would be run.  He will take over from an editorial board to decide which editorials run & which don’t.  He will fire any reporter who he thinks is slanting the news.  He will no longer run stories from the Washington Post or other newspapers he thinks are “slanted” toward the liberal side.  He will also reject all letters to the editor on national topics because he said liberals and progressives submit 10 to 1 the number of letters that conservatives submit. He’ll only accept letters about “local” and “regional” issues – without defining those terms.

We reject Saslow’s statement that the Mail Tribune is too liberal. He obviously wants to stifle progressive LTE writers to make his paper read more conservative.  Contrary to his statement, the editors and reporting staff have long done a good job of fact-based reporting.  If Saslow wants to make editorial changes that the community can accept, he should convene a broad-based committee of stakeholders, including readers, community leaders, advertisers, and others to provide him with advice on how to proceed in an open and transparent fashion.

Until then, we call upon Saslow to rescind the changes he announced in his editorial and seek guidance from the community.  We need a local newspaper that is unbiased but provides a full range of opinion.  His changes are not what we deserve.  The late Mail Tribune Editor Eric Allen would roll over in his grave if he could see Saslow's editorial.  Please sign this petition to show Saslow that the citizens of southern Oregon and northern California do not want his dictatorial changes to the editorial policy of the Mail Tribune.

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