After picking up and reading your excellent Holiday Guide (Nov. 15) I was eager to scope out the shoulder bag featured on page 38, as I work nearby and routinely get lunch from Lexington Market. I found a variety of stylish, Dickies-esque shoulder bags, all very reasonably priced. I soon had my favorite picked out. In the meantime, my co-worker mentioned that we saw the kiosk featured in City Paper, to which the woman rolled her eyes. We asked her if she didn't like City Paper, and she responded, "They are hardly a real newspaper and not everything in there is truthful." We assured her that it was a great advertising opportunity and many young people our age would likely come to her kiosk just for the bags, as we had.
Despite her attitude toward my weekly rag, I was in a payday consumer frenzy and I chose to buy a cute red version of the bag with pockets for $12. Upon returning to work and taking my bag out of its packaging, I looked at the tag. I noticed it was made by a brand called Cornerstone NY Zion Mountain and that there were Psalms and a Jesus fish printed inside of this tag. Now, I'm not a religious person, so the fact that I had likely just supported some right-wing Christian agenda made me shudder. However, what bothers me more is the hypocrisy of this company. My shoulder bag was labeled inside as made in china. Surely to make a sturdy canvas bag with pockets for $12 this company must be using slave labor. Come on, Cornerstone NY Zion Mountain, ask yourself, WWJD?
Big bad City Paper disses the Populist Party, the smallest and newest political party in Maryland ("The Outsiders," Campaign Beat, Nov. 1). Why? In your election edition, you throw one Libertarian candidate, Charles Curtis McPeek, into an article with two Populist Party candidates, gubernatorial candidate Christopher Driscoll and 45th District delegate candidate Ronald Owens-Bey, and call it "The Outsiders." What a journalistic low!
The Libertarian Party and the Populist Party are two distinct political parties with two very different platforms, and their candidates for public office should never be in the same article. And exactly how are they the outsiders as opposed to the Green Party--whose candidates had their own article, as they should? The Green Party is not an insider in any way. Kevin Zeese, who was the U.S. Senate candidate of the Green, Populist, and Libertarian parties, a first in Maryland history, and was on the Green Party ballot line, was treated shamefully by the corporate media, such as The Washington Post and The Sun.
Kevin Zeese participated in several three-way debates with Ben Cardin, the Democrat candidate, and Michael Steele, the Republican candidate, and was practically ignored by the Post and Sun. After the first three-way debate at the Baltimore Urban League, the Post had a picture of Cardin and Steele and didn't put Zeese in the photo. Readers looking at the picture would think that only two candidates debated.
It is very difficult for third parties to get on the Maryland ballot, few do, and all newspapers should treat their candidates fairly. In your article you put the Libertarian candidate first, followed by Owens-Bey, and last is the Populist candidate for governor. Exactly backward! Libertarian McPeek should have had his own article. Christopher Driscoll, as the candidate for governor, should have been in a separate article, and Owens-Bey in another article.
In the same edition, Van Smith, in the article "Old Business," leaves Christopher Driscoll out altogether when naming the candidates for governor. He writes, "elections-such as the gubernatorial one that will decide between Democrat [Martin] O'Malley, Republican incumbent Robert Ehrlich, and Green Party candidate Ed Boyd on Nov. 7 . . . ." The governor's race was a four-way race, and Smith erroneously made it a three-way race. Not correctly naming all the candidates on the ballot for a given office is completely unacceptable for any newspaper.
The Driscoll campaign had a wonderful platform that provided realistic solutions to many major problems that Maryland faces. Like all third parties, the Populists had the challenge of trying to get our message out with limited resources. City Paper could have at least tried to be fair to all the candidates who were on the ballot. You could have called for all the gubernatorial debates to include all four candidates who were on the ballot: Ehrlich, O'Malley, Boyd, and Driscoll, instead of the two debates that only included Ehrlich and O'Malley. That is what a responsible paper that believes in democracy would have done. You missed the ball entirely.
Treasurer, Chris Driscoll, Populist for Governor
Editor Lee Gardner responds: You're right: Driscoll should have at least been part of the roll call in Van's story on the governor's race. Our apologies.
Corrections: Former Los Angeles Time editor Dean Baquet's name was misspelled in our Nov. 22 story on a local effort to buy The Sun from Tribune Co. ("Who Loves The Sun?", Mobtown Beat).
Also, our Nov. 8 review of Raymond Loewy: Designs for a Consumer Culture (Art) incorrectly identified the people responsible for bringing the exhibit to UMBC; credit should have gone to faculty members David Yager and Franc Nunoo-Quarcoo. City Paper regrets the error.
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