Thoughts from the shadows of a great American city

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Wow . . . we finally have a real newspaper

by Dave Carew

Am I delirious or has The Tennessean REALLY improved as a newspaper lately? Long derided (justifiably) as “Pravda on the Cumberland” for its obvious and insulting Democratic-Party shilling, the Nashville daily has really stepped up lately, actually (for the most part) presenting “fair and balanced” coverage while other news outlets merely use that as a laughable slogan.

Particularly impressive was the paper’s decision yesterday to feature on page 1 an eye-opening article about the many gaffes committed by the Obama administration regarding the much-heralded (including by this blog) decision in January to close Gitmo. Trust me: Previous incarnations of The Tennessean, under much less capable leadership than that obviously being provided by Mark Silverman, would have buried that in the classifieds next to “Mystery Shoppers Wanted!”

In the spirit of “fair and balance,” the newspaper also ran a heart-breaking article this morning about the experiences of struggling Nashvillians to get health-care insurance after they’ve been mislabeled by insurance companies as having “pre-existing conditions.” That piece was particularly valuable coming in the wake of the paper’s recent investigative piece asserting health-care insurance don’t earn nearly the profits they’re “accused” of earning.

David M. (Dave) Carew is editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter.”

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