Bye-bye to Salon

To whom it concerns:

After being a Salon Premium subscriber for a number of years and having
enjoyed numerous of your magazine’s investigations in the past, I now find
myself in the unenviable position of requesting cancellation of my Salon
subscription. I find your magazine to be no longer terribly relevant in my
daily reading. Consider, for example, today’s top offering:

“Four Square for Grown Ups: Childhood games like tag, dodgeball and rock
paper scissors are being reclaimed by adults. Is there some deep societal
reason why people are returning to kiddie fun?”

Considering only a few of the many things going on in this country and the
larger world, it is downright embarrassing that that is your top story.
With wars, rumours of wars, monumental government bungling and intrusion
into the lives and activities of American citizens, unfettered waste of
this country’s resources, both financial and environmental, and corruption
abounding, I can little understand how Salon deems adult “kiddie fun” the
most important issue of the day. Perhaps it is because an otherwise
feckless US Congress is now considering condemning the New York Times for
that paper’s untoward behavior? I’m only guessing, really; but I am no
longer content to shovel money out for this nonsense.

But that is not the real reason why I am cancelling my subscription. The
real reason for my decision is Salon’s apparent editorial position
regarding the ongoing debate surrounding the 2004 election and the
magazine’s incredible lack of interest in the many current fights now
taking place across country as citizens’ voting-rights groups resist the
installation of insecure, hackable, uncertified, private
vendor-manufacture voting machines. Just today, the California Election
Protection Network demanded that the results of the San Diego county
election of June 6 be verified by hand recount after it was revealed that
DRE voting machines were illegally used in that election. This is only one
of many actions being taken by such citizen groups around the country.
Also, the Brennan Center Task Force has just released an exhaustive study
of electronic voting machines, claiming that software attacks pose a “real
danger” to these instruments. In other words, proprietary voting machines,
as they are now, cannot be trusted. At some time in the not so distant
past, I could imagine Salon at the forefront of coverage regarding these
issues. No longer.

In 2001, Greg Palast’s investigative report regarding the appalling
behavior of Florida State’s GOP and its program of targeted
disenfranchisement during the run-up to the 2000 election was named “Story
of the Year” by Salon. Today, artlessly expressed as it is by Farhad
Manjoo, Salon’s current position regarding the well documented abuse of
the electoral system by Republicans in 2004 is not only obtuse but
practically a reversal of its own erstwhile position. Considering the
evidence as it has been documented by the Conyers report, along with the
exhaustive reporting of Fitrakis and Wasserman, I can neither understand
Salon’s position now, nor find any reason to justify it. Manjoo’s recent
dismissal of Robert Kennedy’s article in Rolling Stone was simply opinion
backed only by meager, inaccurate nitpicking. He offered no convincing
argument that the situation in Ohio did not warrant further investigation,
which is really what Kennedy has called for.

So please cancel my subscription to Salon, which seems to me no longer
relevant to the larger experiment of American democracy. If anything, you
are now merely getting in the way.


Kenneth A.
Baltimore, MD

0 replies on “Bye-bye to Salon”

Well said, when The Psychotic Patriot did the same thing, Salon tried to get me to read whatever followup (ass-covering) articles they put out there. I replied that it was precisely those articles that helped me make the decision.

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