- Nov 22, 2003
I did this when the Tribune got all liberal. My dad ended up resubscribing, but not under my name, which I'd held since 1980. We also subscribe to SunTimes, WSJ. I've already cancelled WSJ print. If one is a long time subscriber, this is actually quite traumatic. I'm used to getting my papers at 5 a.m. or so. For them not to be there, :shocked:
June 24, 2006
by Armed Liberal at June 24, 2006 06:04 PM
[Update #2: See my earlier post on 'News And Citizenship' to understand my take on the broader issues.]
Subject: Cancel Subscription
From: Marc Danziger
Date: 9:54 am
To: [email protected]
cc: [email protected], [email protected]
I've been a subscriber to the Los Angeles Times continuously since I moved back to Los Angeles in 1980.
With this email, I'm asking that you cancel my subscription, effective Monday, June 26, 2006.
Subscription details are:
I'm canceling my subscription because I am appalled that you would publish the details of a legal, effective government program - the financial transaction monitoring program.
The Times and its staff are not above the obligations of citizenship. Those obligations absolutely do extend to vigorously questioning the government about its actions and inactions and continuously challenging it to get better.
But it seems to me that there is a bright line between challenging government policies with an aim to ensuring that it is doing its job, and openly disclosing the mechanics of a program designed to identify those who murder innocent civilians and who have openly declared war on our nation, its people, and on the values that make us who we are.
I'm disappointed in the Times for doing this, and I cannot support you by funding you. I'll miss the paper.
Patterico did it, too.
If I subscribed to the Wall Street Journal or the NY Times, I'd cancel those, too.
[Update: Listen to Patt Morrison and Doyle McManus (Washington bureau chief for the LAT) discuss the decision to go to press here (look for 'To Publish Or Not?')
Patterico Cancels his Subscription to the L.A. Times
Filed under: Dog Trainer Patterico @ 9:33 am
I cancelled my subscription to the Los Angeles Times this morning.
I explained to the person who answered the phone that I was cancelling because I am outraged that the newspaper revealed classified details of a successful anti-terror operation.
They put me on with a specialist, and I repeated the reason for the cancellation. He said they were sorry to lose me as a subscriber. Im sorry, too, I said. And I am. Ive had my differences with the paper plenty of them but Ive been subscribing since 1993. Thats thirteen years.
He said: Of course, different people have different opinions about whats written in the newspaper . . .
I told him that this has nothing to do with disagreeing with what I read in the newspaper. I disagree with the newspaper all the time. This is different. The newspaper made a deliberate choice to print classified details of an anti-terror operation that, by all accounts, was effective and legal. Key members of Congress had been briefed on it and had no problem with it. Strict controls were in place to prevent abuse, and those controls appear to have been effective.
Moreover, the program had been successful. The government had used it to capture the mastermind of the 2002 bombing of a Bali nightclub. That bombing killed 202 people, I said. I felt myself getting angry all over again as I continued the explanation. Thats more people than died in the Oklahoma City bombing. Its the equivalent of catching Timothy McVeigh.
I told the man that officials from the Bush Administration had begged the newspapers editors not to print this story, but the editors ran the story anyway. I told him that I think publishing the story was completely irresponsible, totally lacking in any justification, and has posed a threat to the safety of our country. And I just cant continue to subscribe to a newspaper that would do such a thing.
He didnt argue with me after that.
UPDATE: Marc Armed Liberal Danziger cancelled his subscription as well. Although Marc and I speak often, we hadnt discussed this. We just independently came to the decision that we cant fund a newspaper that would do something like this.
I hope this becomes a trend.