Blogger Patterico, who contributes to the Oh, That Liberal Media website, counted 30 letters to the editor in the L.A. Times this weekend that mentioned or dealt with the war in Iraq or President Bush. Of those, he classifies only one as explicitly pro-Bush or pro-war, and 24 critical of Bush or the war. His headline: "Los Angeles Times: We Still Get Only Anti-Bush and Anti-War Letters."
Meanwhile, another local conservative web presence has given it up. Howard Owens has replaced his blog with a terse Q-and-A calling himself a "former blogger":
Q.When did he start blogging?
A. In April 2002.
Q. When did he stop blogging?
A. May 7, 2004.
A. It was a distraction from more important things.
Q. Will he ever start blogging again or put the site back up?
A. If he feels like it.
Q. Did some event precipitate Howard's decision?
A. No, but it was a sudden, rash decision.
Owens is director of new media at the Ventura County Star.