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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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In addition to writing for PJ Tatler and PJ Lifestyle, Paula also writes for Ohio Conservative Review, and RedState. She is co-author of a new Ebook called, Homeschooling: Fighting for My Children’s Future. She is a member of the Wayne County Executive Committee. Paula describes herself as a Christian first, conservative second, and Republican third.

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Propaganda outlets like the Cleveland Plain Dealer cannot die fast enough for me. They are never going to see they they are their own worst enemy and are the ones digging their own grave. The only solution is let them (help them if we can) wither and die.
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They're bringing the miracle of Detroit to the world of print media! Congrats!
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The PD is getting its just desserts for their partisan hackery and racial pot-stirring.
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Do Cleveland blacks read...anything?
1 year ago
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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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Stick a fork in the liberal print media...
1 year ago
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Propaganda outlets like the Cleveland Plain Dealer cannot die fast enough for me. They are never going to see they they are their own worst enemy and are the ones digging their own grave. The only solution is let them (help them if we can) wither and die.
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Note that none of the California Democrats seem to be concerned about it even though more than 9 victims have now been identified. Also, where are the feminists on this one? Calling Gloria Allred ...
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This comment was supposed to be a reply to Crawford42's comment below
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