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Dispatch From a Red County

on October 20, 2008


In this photo and audio essay from her hometown in northern California’s Amador County, where life-size John McCain and Sarah Palin cutouts decorate shop entrances, Oakland North reporter and former fire captain Linnea Edmeier listens to friends and neighbors who live a long, long way from the Democratic strongholds of the Bay Area.

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  1. JW Yager on November 6, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    An excellent vignette from a person who lives in “both worlds” as I myself have for many years. Since this website is sponsored by the UC Journalism Department (in part), it must be not pleasant to hear the comment about not being able to trust the news media to tell a straight story (unfettered by personal and organizational bias and downright propaganda). The breakdown of of journalism as a reliable unbiased source for information is a serious threat to our democracy. Democracy is a very fragile commodity in the world; the Greeks couldn’t keep it going either and they had a much smaller and less diverse society.

    At any rate, this straightforward article truthfully describing different points of view and strengths and limitations of rural and urban settings without pointing fingers at either was very valuable– I would like to see more such articles.

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