"It is a newspaper's duty to print the news and raise hell." -- Wilbur Storey- 1871
The Carroll Standard in The Political Octagon
The Carroll Standard is an independently owned and edited online newspaper produced by van Rossum Publishing.
The Carroll Standard has published conservative news and views online since 2004, with its first printed edition (circ. 65,000) in the fall of 2006 in Carroll County, Maryland. Our mission is to become an alternative to the liberal/progressive, corporately owned media -- primarily operated and manipulated from outside the community.
Maryland, unfortunately--not unlike most liberal enclaves throughout the Republic--is not conducive to trivial matters such as representative government for and by the people. A lopsided despotic type legislature, public unions, government contractors, federal employees, local and state employees with an entrenched progressive mindset, make up the political landscape.
Progressive political bias, in both the media and the halls of the State House, demanded rebuttal from a constitutional perspective.
The Carroll Standard remains stalwart in its mission, to be honest, balanced, fair, interactive, and not constrained to be politically correct. We will tell it like it is, asking questions and demanding answers. The commentary will be a refreshing change from the one-sided diatribes delivered by the less than moderate media, and the politico's that cozy up to them.
We're not sponsored, backed, or obligated to any organization, party, or individual. The Carroll Standard holds the Constitution and the Bill of Rights above all else in this venue. We are concerned citizens, frustrated with the lack of balance or constitutional fortitude in media and government. Nothing more.
This publication will disseminate the news and views of local, state, and national media outlets. The disgorge emanating from those propagandized pages will be reviewed, challenged, and more than likely debunked.
Albeit, our primary focus has moved away from the local county and Maryland state government, we will remain engaged in the state as elections, and the legislature meets in Annapolis for their three-month tax and spends fest. The Standard will primarily address and report on national issues. Given the lack of balance in mainstream media, we will be delving into that quagmire frequently.
The Carroll Standard will also aggregate news and views from some of the best, most reliable news sources, writers, and columnists in the business.
This site will strive to create an open, honest forum for hearty debate, culminating in solutions benefiting all Americans.
The Carroll Standard is not a glee club for politicians, political wannabes, special interest groups, or civic clubs. We will not entertain politicians that game the system or their constituents. The Standard will not be a vehicle for incumbents to further careers.
We will not shy away from the controversial issues that affect taxpayers and voting public. We will be relentless in bringing governmental accountability back into the political mainstream and the public consciousness.
The Carroll Standard welcomes the opportunity to be a rational voice for conservative, constitutional issues and welcome readers from across the country to participate in a healthy debate. We are providing the vehicle that allows an entire community to participate, and more importantly, heard.
With reader confrere, the Carroll Standard will provide a forum that will elevate the voice for all who wish to restore our Constitutional Republic.
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