"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 with a constitutional perspective.
Albeit, open debate and hard questions should have encouraged healthy intellectual debate within the community. But, this is Maryland. Conservative rational, constitutionally rooted views are not welcomed easily. We ruffled a few feathers.
In a vastly liberal community steered and manipulated by a progressive media, advertisers uneasy with conservative perspective--for fear of losing liberal customers and more importantly, government handouts--were unwilling to support an anti-big government, an anti-progressive newspaper that would not play politically correct games. They feared being labeled, losing business. If the big government model and the corporate welfare it provides evaporated perhaps half of Maryland business would cease to exist.
The Carroll Standard, Issues and Answers 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 are 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 main 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 political 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 a 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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