UPDATE 6:38pm same day: My sources tell me that the physical op-ed page will be removed from the paper but that some of the opinion content will remain. No one is quite sure how this is going to work just yet. I’m also told that the Sunday paper will have two pages (down from its current 3: editorial, op-ed, forum). Stay tuned. I’ll update more as it becomes available.
I had planned on posting this morning about my latest op-ed, which appeared in The Virginian-Pilot yesterday. Instead, I awoke to learn this:
I am shocked and saddened by this, on so many different levels. Daryl’s work on the op-ed page cannot be overstated. He put together opinions reflecting all of the voices that are out there: liberal, conservative, and in-between. There were days when I read the op-ed page that I was infuriated with its content – and days that I was delighted. I’m sure others felt the same way. The newspaper was the only source where we were brought face-to-face with differing views. Nowadays, all of the other “news” sources have a spin, making it easier to only read those opinions with which we agree. That doesn’t make us a society that is well-informed; rather, it makes us ever more divided.
The op-ed page was my morning dessert. I read every one – and sometimes learned a nuanced point that I had missed. That alone was worth the price of my newspaper subscription.
On top of that, Daryl is a heck of a writer. It took me a while to “get” his humor – his funny bone is in a different place than mine – but once I did, I’d have to be careful not to be drinking my coffee when I read it, lest it end up coming out of my nose when I laughed too hard.
I have no idea how or why this decision to eliminate the op-ed page came about. I guess we should have seen it coming – the Monday paper eliminated the page a while back. But the total elimination is a huge loss for our community.
Is this the beginning of the end for the Pilot?