Political rebranding

The two major Philadelphia dailies, plus the philly.com Web site, have been sold for the fourth time in the last six years, and Bill Quick suggests a minor change across the top of the page:

I would suggest that the Inquirer change its name to the Democrat-Inquirer, and the Daily News to the Daily Democrat News. Just to be honest.

I can see his point: those Philly papers have been reliable supporters of Democratic Party initiatives and candidates in recent years. But I look a little closer to home, and note that the Arkansas Democrat was decidedly to the right of the rival Arkansas Gazette. And in 1991, the Gazette’s owner (Gannett) sold out to the Democrat, which remains a right-of-center paper to this day.

We will not, for the sake of sense and/or sensibility, mention the Dacron Republican-Democrat.


  1. Bill Quick »

    3 April 2012 · 3:50 pm

    OTOH, Chaz, those papers originally picked up their names because they were nakedly partisan, in a time when being such was not considered dishonorable. Your bi-political example was merely an attempt to announce a non-partisan stance. But in those days, that was probably a minority position.

  2. Bill Quick »

    3 April 2012 · 3:51 pm

    OTTH, a little research on my part indicates that the Arkansas Democrat may have been originally so named in a naked attempt at obfuscating its true pro-GOP political leanings.

  3. Bill Quick »

    3 April 2012 · 3:52 pm

    Hmm. I seem to be obsessing on nakedness lately.

  4. CGHill »

    3 April 2012 · 4:05 pm

    I don’t have any problem with partisanship per se, so long as they’re willing to admit to it. (Seems to me that back in the days of fiercely-partisan papers, we had a heck of a lot more papers, though obviously correlation does not equal causation.) Attempting to conceal a stance is a great deal more dishonorable than having a stance in the first place, if you ask me.

  5. Bill Quick »

    3 April 2012 · 4:52 pm

    Oh, we’re in full agreement about that.

  6. tioedong »

    5 April 2012 · 10:39 pm

    here in the Philippines, the “Inquirer” is left wing, and the Bulletin is pro Business.
    Unlike the USA, we have a diverse press.

    Our main problem is a strict libel law that makes it impossible for those who don’t know the rumors to interpret the facts they hint at (such as who is related to whom and where they hide their money).

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