It’s the same thing every four years at Tripso: We post a story or two with a political angle just before the presidential election, and just as predictably, the fireworks go off.
Readers flame us. People threaten to boycott our site. You’d think the world is ending.
Their posts have provoked angry outbursts from readers, like this one:
That’s it for me too – Dear Tripso Advertisers – you just lost a pair of eyes.
I may not agree with even 25% of what GWB does, but I am not going to have my political beliefs insulted by some travel industry hack.
This is my last post here. I’ll take my travel information, comments and advertizer [sic] viewing eyes elsewhere.
A terrible thing, losing your eyes. Or any other part of your body, for that matter.
If I were a registered Republican, I would certainly agree with this reader’s sentiment. The post in question, which touched on some of the current administration’s regrettable foreign policy decisions, would not be warmly embraced by McCain voters.
Nor would Charlie’s post about air traffic control and the two candidates ever be required reading for an Obama supporter.
But that’s neither here nor there.
Instead of flaming us, or bothering the few advertisers we have left, why not do something meaningful?
Why not write for us?
This blog is an open forum for travelers of all political beliefs. I should note, for the sake of balance, that I’m not a registered Democrat, either.
So not to belabor the point. But here’s my challenge to those of you who are upset that a Tripso contributor is expressing an opinion.
Quit your complaining and start writing for us.
Christopher Elliott is the founder of Elliott Advocacy, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that empowers consumers to solve their problems and helps those who can’t. He’s the author of numerous books on consumer advocacy and writes weekly columns for King Features Syndicate, USA Today, and the Washington Post. If you have a consumer problem you can’t solve, contact him directly through his advocacy website. You can also follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn, or sign up for his daily newsletter. Read more of Christopher’s articles here.