Jim “Lefty” Spencer, the extreme leftist editorial page editor of the flailing Charlottesville Daily Progress, appears to have left the building.
After weeks of editorial absence, Spencer’s name (along with that of publisher, Eric Mayberry) has been removed from the Editorial Page masthead.
Spencer’s January 2022 hire was lauded in a special “welcome” article by Daily Progress editor, Lynne Anderson. Among the glowing tributes to Spencer’s purported skill set was the peculiarly ironic peddling of Spencer as a “fair and balanced” voice:
From interviewing him and talking to his references, as well as reading some of his work, I know he will be balanced, fair and always truthful.
Nothing could have been further from the truth.
In his brief tenure, Spencer proved a reliable attack-dog for Democrat party interests and a promoter of debased social issues; he spent the vast majority of his tenure viciously assailing Republicans and vilifying conservative principles.
While the Daily Progress remains an almost-daily print publication, such dismissals do not bode well for the future of the paper.