The Sun's recent editorial about the tea party's fortunes helps everyone understand why dinosaur media outlets are circling the drain toward oblivion ("Weakened tea," May 21).

In the view of some, every political issue fits into file folders — Fox News Channel or MSNBC, the Wall Street Journal or the New York Times, the tea party or the GOP establishment.

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The Sun derides me for filling in on conservative talk radio. But it is not conservative talk radio or Fox News that declared bankruptcy or sees its audience decline year after year. It's The Sun and its parent company.

The print press and its stubborn adherence to left-wing orthodoxy is assisting the rise of talk radio, online media and Fox News because informed voters now understand what they've been missing since print reporting peaked in the early 1970s during Watergate.

Then of course there are the "Fox News issues" that apparently matter only to those who run the top-rated news outlet in the country and perhaps a few others in western Maryland or the Eastern Shore.

Fox News Channel ratings are higher than CNN and MSNBC combined. It enjoys these ratings because nowhere else is government authority or incompetence questioned on the issues of our time, ranging from Benghazi to the IRS targeting of tea party groups.

The editorial voice of The Sun should be more than distorted carnival mirrors reflecting their already slanted news coverage. Why does The Sun's editorial on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs say the scandal should not be "treated as a problem unique to the current administration?" Who is accountable for this mess if not the two-term commander-in-chief?

Where is The Sun's editorial on the U.S. House of Representatives' vote this week defining curbs on the National Security Agency's mass-data collection? The NSA is 20 minutes away from The Sun's headquarters.

Instead, The Sun gives Marylanders a "lesson" about a Senate race in Kentucky. It is interesting that liberals are always giving lessons about free health care, the Common Core standards and climate change. Missing in this expensive tutelage are policies that actually work for the vast majority of people they are supposed to help. We can do without additional lessons about Mitch McConnell in Kentucky and how that somehow affects Marylanders.

Maryland is not a distant blue planet removed from Earth, as The Sun would have its readers believe. The voters I talk to care very deeply about where this country is headed on issues such as the debt, Obamacare, veterans' health care, under- and unemployment and preserving our personal freedoms and liberties. Presumably, The Sun feels we should all just give up and follow a one-party orthodoxy or the so-called "establishment."

That, of course, is why the newspaper cannot resist mentioning the 2012 U.S. Senate race against Ben Cardin, the ultimate establishment figure in Maryland politics. That is part of the lesson. Challengers should not take on powerful Democratic incumbents who have held political positions since the 1960s, according to The Sun.

Here is a lesson for the Sun's editorial writers: It is not the critic who counts, it is the person who gets in the arena and is not afraid of unchecked monopoly power. In the aforementioned Senate race I was outspent 14 to 1, yet I garnered more votes than the last GOP Senate nominee in 2010.

I thank The Sun for creating an analog political labeling system for file cabinets, but we live in an era of smart phones and cloud computing. The Sun's motto "Light For All" does not mean "distorted light for Marylanders who are different than everyone else." Please live up to your ideals.

Dan Bongino

The writer is a Republican candidate for Congress in Maryland's 6th District.

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