said 7 months, 1 week ago:
Amy, Amy, Amy… you just lost half your readership. Romney gets 3 points and Obama, well… doesn’t. You are a Republican. Everything you say is meant as a conservative message. No Democrat will hire you or wants to hear what you have to say. No Democrat will read pass the line where you say Obama, well… Well, what? He lost?
See what I mean. You named names. You named parties. You picked a fight. You’re message wasn’t heard. You lost. Not them. Your husband was right. How will you market to Democrats now? Pick a fight with Conservatives? Then no one will trust you.
I’m an old time reporter disgusted with today’s reporters who can’t write without interjecting their own political leanings in whatever they do.
But you, Amy, are marketing a business… an editing business… of local customers… and perhaps online customers… all who may or may not vote, but all who have some kind of political opinion.
For anyone to OK your beautiful and thoughtful essay for anything other than a private classroom has not fully thought through the long-term consequences of what you’ve written.
It doesn’t matter if you think YOU are unbiased. It only matters that within the first few paragraphs you managed to alienate anyone who disagrees with your choice of who “won” or was best prepared.
This is a great essay to distribute to your Political Science 101 class, but to NO ONE ELSE!
Future shock, Amy, is now. I would delete this as quickly as you can and hope Google has not yet indexed it… if you want to sell anything and still claim you are unbiased.
Me? I’m 100% NOT conservative or liberal. I was born a journalist. Not a political writer. Though I, too, made the mistake once of thinking I could “share” an objective piece outside a classroom. I’m advising you not to make that same mistake.
Your husband was right. Delete it. Quickly.
Just my opinion… biased or unbiased… objective or not… See how it doesn’t matter when the subject matter or result stirs your emotions? That’s how democrats will read your essay — stabbing them in the heart, insulting them, affronting them, no matter your intent. See how easy it is to misinterpret someone’s writing when you play with people’s emotions and loyalties?
Don’t go there, Amy. You’re too good a writer for that.