Form letters to the editor

I know in my head and my heart that conservatives aren’t dumb. But I’m beginning to believe that conservative activists believe mainstream, rank-and-file conservatives cannot think for themselves. Doesn’t the term “Dittohead” suggest as much?

Every so often, I get mass mailings over local readers’ names. They are form letters, sent out generally by conservative think tanks/political activists. Here’s the latest one to be tossed through the transom.

I was outraged that Houston NBC affiliate KPRC accepted an ad from AshleyMadison.com – a matchmaking website that caters exclusively to men and women seeking to cheat on their spouses – during this year’s Super Bowl, a program traditionally watched by millions of families with small children. Now Fox News is reporting that AshleyMadison.com is looking to buy more ad time in Texas, and I, for one, will not stand for it.
Beyond the ads being sexually suggestive, the very idea of promoting a website that facilitates infidelity is outrageous! These ads do not belong on television – period. What kind of message does this send to children watching television? That the selfish pursuit of pleasure is more important than family or marriage vows? That character and personal integrity are less important than cheap and easy sex?
Broadcasters are granted a license to use the public airwaves for free, in exchange for serving the public interest. How does promoting marital infidelity serve the public interest? Broadcasters who fail to abide by community standards may face public opposition when their licenses are up for renewal.
Please do the right thing. Stand up for Texas’ families. Do not accept ads from AshleyMadison.com.


I’ve gotten about a dozen copies of this letter already over the names of Panhandle residents.

These submissions come to me in the form of “letters to the editor.” Now, I ask: Don’t these folks understand that when I get more than one identical letter that we aren’t going to publish the message? Newspaper editors recognize these for what they are: Form letters sent to people who subscribe to some Internet service. They’re asked to send to their local paper — hoping that the paper will publish this material as a letter to the editor.

It’s not going to happen.

I’ll take back the seemingly unkind words about conservatives when I see a liberal interest group use this tactic. I’m still waiting.

0 thoughts on “Form letters to the editor”

  1. Christians can’t pray in school, post the ten commandments on courthouse walls, set up a nativity scene at Christmas because it might offend someone. Yet, because we don’t want our children exposed to sex and inmorality on TV commercials, we (as you think) are morons. We can choose TV programs that are suitable, but commercials give you no warning. Even a moron should have the right to choose how to raise their children.

  2. John’s actual ISSUE is form letters, which are letters to the editor that the sender only adds their name and hopefully other information that someone else wrote. He used the form letters about the commercial as EVIDENCE. He is not advocating the topic of the commercials. It is just evidence. He could of picked form letters about immigration or other TOPICS that conservative think-tank are marketing. Please do not overlook the ISSUE, because he picked a controversial TOPIC as EVIDENCE. Please write your own letter to the editor, it will be more entertaining to those of us that read them.

  3. And I think it is hilarious that the most hateful comment on here so far is signed Anonymous! HAHA! C’mon… couldn’t even put your first name?? And by the way, Anonymous, Cristal is right… you missed the point entirely.

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