Frances Madeson's Madison Co. Crier Will Make You Ashamed to Be a Liberal

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Frances Madeson
Frances Madeson was a Missouri girl who moved to New York City. After her marriage ended, she left the big, bad city and moved to Farmington in Madison County, about an hour and a half south of St. Louis, where she set up a business writing letters and resumes for the good country people.

Soon enough, she became acquainted with Karen Whitener, a former mayor of Fredericktown, the Madison County seat, who had started up a fortnightly newspaper called the Madison County Crier. The Crier had gone under, but Whitener thought Madeson was just the woman to bring it back. Madeson, who saw in the Crier a potential bully pulpit, agreed. Her first issue came out in June.

Six issues later, it all went to hell.

Madeson is a good liberal, you see. She was brought up near St. Louis by a father, Marvin Madeson, who did the PR campaign for Eugene McCarthy in 1968 and later founded the New Democratic Coalition. After she graduated from Washington University, she went east to work as a legislative aide in the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor and then for several New York law firms and non-profits.

Like McCarthy, she considers herself a "change agent" and is passionately anti-war. (That's where her letter-writing business comes in: As she told Michael Miner, the longtime media critic for the Chicago Reader, "A precondition to change is to restore language to people.")

So when William and Donna Killian of Fredericktown submitted a notice to the Crier about how their son, Caleb, had graduated from Marine Corps boot camp, Madeson saw not the chance to print some local news, but an opportunity.

She dutifully printed the news about Caleb's graduation in the September 12 issue, and how he qualified as expert in marksmanship and was prayer leader for his platoon. And then she launched her protest.

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Guys, this is what Frances does. She only wants to promote herself; she doesn't care if you hate her, and despite her talk of "compassion"  she doesn't care if she's been cruel or wrong or hurt someone. Note how she'll respond to every comment. Not a lot to do. Ignore her, she hates it.


Frances, you are wrong on so many levels it would take me hours to try to educate you. So let me summarize for you because Im in a rush. You are wrong, dead wrong. Your extreme left views are coming from your anger, your disappointment in life, your insatiable need to rebel against whatever you think will give you attention. You think you know what will "enlighten" all the rest of us and, in this way, your arrogance is blinding you. Stop trying to defend yourself.....practice a little humility, reflect on what garbage you promote, and determine to start anew with a different point of view. Right will always be right,and wrong will always be wrong. And even thought you think you are right, you are not. You are on the wrong side of things, Frances. And what is wrong will never defeat what is right. Time to set your pride aside and do a little soul searching......and perhaps think of a heartfelt apology to the people you so horrendously offended. You should be ashamed that you hide behind the freedoms and rights that people like this have provided for you.


WOW< WOW<WOW...being from the St Louis Metro area, moving to Fredericktown and finishing high school, this women should be ashamed of herself. Military and God is woven into the fiber of many rural communities, including FredMo...WOW. My advice Frances, move.


 @francesmadeson When you find yourself in a deep hole, your first common sense instinct is to stop digging.  I am guessing you seriously lack common sense.

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