Great reporting YEP!
Makes you wonder how the word "conspiracy" got its bad rap when every human being's sphere of influence, to some degree, is a conspiracy! Just watch kids on a playground...eventually a group will conspire against another group or individual.
Illustrating the depths of today's poverty via sarcasm is fun to write and fun to read. Who, more than advertisers, understands the importance of keeping consumers "positive" with more fun to consume?
But sarcasm is no substitute for the actual statistics rarely cited.
Interviewing the local experts, citing the facts, routinely following up, and expressing editorial outrage, was the journalism of America's past.
The icecaps are melting, wildlife and clean water are disappearing, every creature has varieties of PCB's, Dioxin, and pthalates in their blood, unemployment rivals the Great Depression, income disparity rivals the Gilded Age, the captains of industry flooded markets with higher-profit products that appealed to the wealthy, (bigger cars, bigger homes, and bigger medical tests), then, the banks made a bundle financing it! Average Americans who couldn't afford these products were handed the bill when our "commie-capitalists" looted the U.S. Treasury! (So little has changed since the time of kings who required the public's wealth to maintain the lavish lifestyle...for now, the worst brutality is shifted to the third-world).
In an era when every measurable economic, social, and environmental indicator is in record decline, it is astounding how the rare and mild dissent by today's media passes for moral acuity.
We are all complicit in this charade, we all have the responsibility to be outraged and to call it out!!! Most everyone in media already knows this, but irrational fear is the ultimate arbiter.
Looks like Ryan will not respond to contemporary media self-censorship...as if my "failure" to show my face at their office or on their phone is more to the point...???
I provided good examples of self-censorship and missed stories. Look at the comments on today's cover story...another example of the endless chain of "dots", dutifully reported with ZERO effort to connect them!
"The United States is the only nation on Earth to go from barbarism to decadence without civilization".
George B. Shaw.
I too welcome the change.
Europeans, Asians and South Americans have been rioting against the fallout from their New Gilded Age while the occasional mild dissent in our community's newspapers passes for moral acuity.
Keeping it positive, snappy and entertaining outweighs old-school fact-finding journalism.
To its credit, the NCJ recently broke the 35-year censorship about how the local development community, with very few exceptions, outspends opponents. In 2010, they won it all, as they have done for decades, a familiar story in communities around the globe that have also subsidized lucrative subdivisions out of reach of local incomes and far beyond infrastructure capacity. Our communities are now paying a deadly price, yet, the developers demand more.
No reporter has yet noticed their dominance at every Planning Commission meeting, General Plan Update hearings, workshops, Elements, even community service district meetings will have Arkley's lobbyist Kay Backer, her arm raised high in perpetual protest for more lots.
John Osborn's recent NCJ investigative report titled "Interested parties" cries for follow-up (and outrage), this time, BEFORE the next election!!
See you at Eureka's Warfinger bldg. Monday, Jan. 31, 5:30 to 7:30?
First, I personally like both Ryan and Jen, but I shouldn't have to "come down to the office" for an honest response to the self-censorship issue and examples I already provided. I shouldn't have to "call up" to get a response to the specific story ideas I already offered.
Ryan and Jen used plenty of space (above) for a relevant response. For God's sakes peeps, the fundamental and uncomfortable truths about our society, economy and environment are indeed "abstract" precisely due to being routinely censored!
No, I don't want to discourage you from continuing as you are, I agree with the heartfelt sentiments expressed in Jen's link...the editorials are well written and entertaining, they have that safe, snappy brevity characteristic of what's required for publication today. (It's not your fault, we need employment, but we all have the responsibility to admit our complicity...you might require some anonymity to do so...and keep your jobs). In the 70's such writing skill would have plastered daily body-counts on their front pages...or taken down a U.S.president by demanding the same questions over and over again.
Look no further than the two editorials in the Times Standard today by Rosso and Stancliff; more irrelevant and sarcastic reporting on the environment and homelessness that soft-peddles the reality by wrapping it in a brief, snappy human-interest story and "end of the world" entertainment.
Apparently, Stancliff didn't watch KEET-TV's recent documentary on the world's disappearing amphibians, too bad, because once you miss the story...it may not reappear for decades! The toxins permeating our food chain are wreaking havoc on immune systems everywhere, but it's not "news" so poor Dave missed the most important part of his own editorial! (Yes, Dave's a nice guy too...).
Please don't let that happen to John Osborn's NCJ story "Interested Parties"!!
Ryan, everyone knows there's "Troubles at HSU". Dig a little deeper, as Ringwald had, and good luck at the NCJ. Ringwald suggested that all reporters keep a copy of "The Reporters Handbook" for investigative resources...not much use today, however...
"Friends" keep friends dispassionate about the truth and the outrage lacking.
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