Is everything political? It seems to be that politics is one filter to look at stories. Climate is another filter. A filter can help you see aspects of things.. on the other hand, it can filter out other aspects of things. Kind of like the story of the blind people and the elephant.
As it turns out, the WaPo has hired political and climate reporters, so we can expect more of that. And we can expect the WaPo to encroach upon stories that would normally be “environmental disagreement” stories. In fact, they now have a newsletter called “your weekly non political political stories.”
If you’re new here: The Daily 202 generally focuses on national politics and foreign policy. But as passionate believers in local news, and in redefining “politics” as something that hits closer to home than Beltway “Senator X Hates Senator Y” stories, we try to bring you a weekly mix of pieces with significant local, national or international importance.
I always say we need to beware when organizations redefine commonly used English words. It’s hard to imagine any activity that might not have some kind of political or climate angle, but does the story benefit from that filter or obfuscate? That’s for us to examine and decide.
The story that intrigued me was the Maine Lobster vs. Monterey Bay Aquarium issue.
And the WaPo’s view of why this is a political story..
The politics: This has it all. A locally vital economic resource, interstate commerce, environmentalism. Trade-offs.
It’s fascinating. What might have been a business story, or an environmental story, is now a .. political story. No thanks, WaPo.
At the same time, I think we need to look at possible political angles for the behavior of.. well… politicians and agencies in the Executive Branch. We don’t know, or at least I don’t for sure, but I think they need to be considered. Especially when decisions don’t seem to make sense otherwise. Not that political decisions are bad, but understanding motives is probably good.