Trifecta of Dreck
Wow! You guys are brilliant. It took me a couple of minutes but then it hit me: the July 30/August 6 issue is a test! The Nation is trying to figure out if its sophisticated, astute, lefty readers are still able to discriminate between PC and BS!
First off is the beautifully done back cover ad featuring Mitt Romney as pro-union hero! I have to admit I was taken in for a few seconds before I figured out the Center for Union Facts and its ERA front are as opaquely right-wing as Mitt’s smile. Disappointingly, the inside back cover from our old friend FLAME was too easy; we’ve gotten plenty of practice digging through their trash. But the sidebar ad on page 2 by Lorna Salzman—that Lorna Salzman? Green Party candidate, environmentalist Salzman?—bookending FLAME’s racist rhetoric was the best of the bunch! How slick of The Nation to try to catch us with that one!
Anyway, I’m glad to say I saw through all of them and have passed your “IQ Test for Lefties.” Do I win a Nation T-shirt?
New York City
As a longtime subscriber, I have always supported your policy of accepting advertising money from anyone, but do you have no standards at all? I’m referring, of course, to “Are you an Islamophobe?” Would you run an ad by an Aryan group comparing blacks to apes? How about a big, colorful God Hates Fags on the back cover? You should be able to recognize hate speech when you see it, and reject it.
Have I missed a change in advertising (or editorial!) policy? Have you investigated the Center for Union Facts, or even glanced at the “employee rights” website promoted in its ad? Such a stomach-turning antiunion message is inappropriate for The Nation. This twenty-year-plus reader is stunned.
I never thought The Nation would take money from and run a full-page ad for a unionbusting organization like the Center for Union Facts, which doesn’t provide facts; it provides antiunion propaganda. I am beyond disappointed and am canceling my subscription.
I stopped by my mailbox, retrieved my copy of The Nation, walked up the driveway, flipped the copy over and was shocked to see the face of Mitt Romney in the full-page ad for the “Employee Rights Act.” Why would a magazine that has as its mantra “Nobody owns The Nation” allow an organization like the Center for Union Facts to put an ad against unions on its back cover? I am a nurse and a granddaughter, daughter, sister and wife of union plumbers. These men work hard for a decent wage, defined pension and union representation to protect their rights. It is not “time for a new labor day,” as the ad says. Allowing this ad is allowing the anti-labor, anti-workforce industry to “own The Nation.”
GAIL M. ALBERS