KEYSER - We received a call from a reader in Rawlings the other day complaining about our lop-sided choice of editorial cartoons on our Op Ed page.

By Liz Beavers

lbeavers@newstirubne.info

Tribune Managing Editor

KEYSER - We received a call from a reader in Rawlings the other day complaining about our lop-sided choice of editorial cartoons on our Op Ed page.

To be more specific, he said he was tired of all the “Trump bashing” on the editorial page.

I agree with him.

And I will tell you he is not the first person to notice the definite liberal slant with the cartoons.

Here’s what you probably don’t know:

We receive our editorial cartoons from our parent company, Gatehouse Media, which supplies editorial content for all its papers to use through a service titled “More Content Now.”

When you see the full-page themed sections like “Food,” “Health,” and even “Nascar,” the information and design comes from “More Content Now.”

The service is a big help, especially for us smaller papers. While our main emphasis here at the News Tribune, and at most small newspapers, is to provide you with local news (where else can you get trustworthy, extensive local news except for your local newspaper?), we do like to stretch our boundaries a bit when we have room and provide our readers with some interesting features like those provided by Gatehouse.

However, in choosing editorial cartoons for our opinion page, I have noticed a definite anti-Republican slant, especially since Candidate Trump became President Trump.

One of the publishers we’ve had here over the years would often remind me that this area is predominately conservative and by running so many liberally-slanted cartoons, we were alienating them.

Believe me, that is the last thing I want to do.

So this week I contacted the person in charge of “More Content Now” and asked if there was any way we could get a more balanced approach in the cartoon selection.

To my surprise, he also agreed that the material they provide has definitely been slanted.

And he assured me they are now looking into a more conservative cartoonist to add to the mix.

Now don’t get me wrong. I have no intention in swinging the majority of our cartoons from the left to the right.

Just as I was always taught that news coverage should tell both sides of the story, I have always believed that an opinion page should be balanced. Maybe we run an anti-Trump cartoon today, but tomorrow we will be poking fun at the Democratic side.

And I always, ALWAYS invite letters to the editor from both sides. In fact, I like nothing better than a good, healthy debate among our letters to the editor!

So, I apologize for the slant which has gotten worse, and I promise you that I, with the assistance of our parent company, am trying to find a more balanced approach to the issues that we face in our world today.

And as a personal aside to the person from Rawlings who said when he complained that he “knew” I voted for Hillary: No, I did not!