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Plain Dealer Editors: Trayvon Was Murdered

One sentence demonstrates why today newspapers are an endangered species.

by
Paula Bolyard

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August 7, 2013 - 12:28 pm
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Assistant Managing Editor Michael Tribble spent several days on damage control in the comments section after the initial announcement. He concluded:

Through this process, we must find a business model that allows us to do the journalism we want to do and that readers want while also being economically viable.

Do the journalism we want to do” is a key to their continued downward spiral. In 2010, after it was revealed that the Plain Dealer spent years glossing over the massive political corruption in the Democratic Cuyahoga County government — by corrupt candidates the paper endorsed year after year after year — the editors embarked on a surprisingly honest, cathartic navel-gazing journey after a public outcry. They admitted their failures:

It is true that reporters don’t have subpoena power, but what kept the paper from getting to the story ahead of the FBI was sins of journalistic omission — the failure to follow up leads, to cultivate sources and mobilize resources, to report aggressively on matters of keen public interest rather than accepting business as usual. In some respects, that is even more disturbing than the false charges that the newspaper was in bed with the people it covers ["false" charges the paper admitted were true in the article] [emphasis added].

Unfortunately, what the article called the Plain Dealer’s ”somnolent watchdogs” failed to learn the lessons from their “sins of journalistic omission” and continue to pursue, as the editor explained, “the journalism we want to do” instead of “matters of keen public interest.”

In a rant by Plain Dealer journalists on their Save the Plain Dealer Facebook page, the employees attacked the “billionaire owners”:

To the executives of Advance Publications and the management of The Plain Dealer and its affiliate, cleveland.com: If you continue to under-estimate your readership’s intelligence and desire for substantive news, you will fail. Stop trying to fool them that less is more. Provide the quality journalism that this region needs and deserves. If you don’t, someone else will.

They would do well to take their own advice.

The paper’s desperate attempt to stir up racial tensions by wrongly labeling George Zimmerman a “murderer” is just the most recent example of their journalistic failures. Readers understand the difference between journalism and political advocacy, and now that they have a wealth of media choices at their fingertips, they vote with their subscriptions. The Plain Dealer doesn’t seem concerned about fleeing readers as they blithely continue down their tried and true path and as their paper continues on life support.

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Recently "retired" from homeschooling, Paula is an unapologetic Christian and Constitutional conservative. An enthusiastic Tea Party supporter, she is a member of the Wayne County Republican Executive Committee. She is also a contributor at Ohio Conservative Review. Paula lives in N.E. Ohio with her husband, two dogs, and two parrots.

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Plain Dealer, hear me, and listen up - Tray was killed, in self defense, but he was NOT murdered, and herein lies the diff - http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/07/21/on-behalf-of-tray-race-wars-ignited-in-americas-citiescourtesy-of-obama-incs-shock-troops-white-teens-murdered-in-the-crossfire-will-ag-holder-investigate-given-the-part-he-played-co/

Yes, the general media is dead...so, let us bury it! Stick a fork in it...

Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/
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They're bringing the miracle of Detroit to the world of print media! Congrats!
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What? Cleveland government corrupt? And a newspaper covered up for it?!

Next you'll tell me that a California politician, endorsed and supported by the entire Democrat party, was rude and crude towards women!
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Do Cleveland blacks read...anything?
50 weeks ago
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Scot Brown's brother was arrested for impersonating a police officer yesterday.
And all his guns. Scot Brown say he has little to do with his brother but he was on the stage when Scot Brown was elected.
I wonder in your minds if Scot Brown's brother shoot down someone dead and the claim self defense he be your hero. The blood of the dead does not speak to you onlly God when God said to Cain : 'The blood of your brother I can hear." Cain said : "Am I my brother's keeper"
The spirit of The Anti Christ how do we nip it in the bud?
Read James chapter 4 This begins with me and how about you. Ask yourself why really are guns so important in your lives?
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You mean it's NOT okay to try and beat someone to death in America? Liberals are stumped.
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I read the local bird-cage-carpet primarily because I enjoy the funnies and some of the local coverage. If the Gazette went to three a week, I'd drop it like Filner's zipper.
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AND, the left tries to create another phony martyr. Sacco and Vanzetti were murdered. Bruno Hauptmann was murdered. Leopold and Loeb were murdered. And now, this young-punk-in-hoodie was murdered.

Well, if that's how you want to go through life -- believing that idiocy -- OK for you.
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Howdy LgeUbs
Clarence Darrow was able to get Leopold and Loeb sentenced to life, largely because they were minors even by today's measure. Loeb was murdered while in prison; Leopold taught in prison and eventually was paroled.
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The dead tree media is dying, while e-media thrives because it gives people a choice and is not outdated when they get it. In most cities, the number of daily papers has diminished while the number of TV channels and web sites has exploded. Poor writing, sloppy editing and left wing bias are part of the story, all evident in the Plain Dealer story. Pretty soon, the NY Times will be the "paper of record" because it will be the ONLY paper still being printed - and even that will continue only until the Sulzberger money runs out.
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Consider the source and shrug it off. It means nothing.
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"If you don’t, someone else will."

Not really. If the Plain Dealer goes under, I really doubt that anyone will flush money down the toilet creating a new hard-copy newspaper. Especially when the only ones who read physical papers any more are us old folks, who tend not to be as liberal as journalists.
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I think there is still a market for print media. Someone has to afford the journalists. Someone has to break the news in the first place, and that means finding it. Plus, there is need for local info.

I think the problems are many:

There is the mindset of 48-hr news cycle. There is rarely follow-up on a good story, unless it is "sensational";

The writers and editors are very poor in style, grammar, and punctuation. Illiteracy does not make for a good newspaper;

And of course, the writers are graduates of Journalism school, which is really just Liberal indoctrination. They honestly believe that advocacy is actually journalism, because that is what they have been taught. One must not hire journalists with a journalism degree.

Reputation is very important in a newspaper. A newspaper must have credibility, a sense of what you are getting is "official" news, reliable news. If one engages in hackery, that reputation is destroyed. So, print something worth reading, and you will have readership again.

ome folks like to have it on their tablets, or whatever, but there is no reason you cannot provide either or both to the same customer for the same price. "Would you like that delivered to your home, or just have the app, or both? It's the same price, however you like it delivered to you."
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Plain Dealer, hear me, and listen up - Tray was killed, in self defense, but he was NOT murdered, and herein lies the diff - http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/07/21/on-behalf-of-tray-race-wars-ignited-in-americas-citiescourtesy-of-obama-incs-shock-troops-white-teens-murdered-in-the-crossfire-will-ag-holder-investigate-given-the-part-he-played-co/

Yes, the general media is dead...so, let us bury it! Stick a fork in it...

Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/
50 weeks ago
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Stick a fork in the liberal print media...
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