If a Tree Falls in Ohio and Doesn't Kill a Conservative, Will a "Journalist" Care?
In my widely unread Media Notes posting last week I documented the forthcoming gutting of the Cleveland Plain Dealer newsroom. Alec MacGillis, a senior editor at The New Republic laments the cuts with an article that asks, " If a tree—or a union or a company or a corrupt local official—falls in Ohio or Michigan or anywhere else outside the well-covered coastal precincts, will anybody hear it?"
In asking the question, MacGillis cites two examples of Republican "corruption" that surely would have come to light sooner if only the the Plain Dealer had more resources. The only problem is that neither of the two examples offered happened in the PD's market.
He even commiserated with Saint Connie Schultz-Brown who sacrificed her job at the paper to "to spare herself and the paper the agita that was sure to come with her husband Sherrod Brown's Senate reelection campaign."
But for some reason they didn't talk about the scandals that have rocked the Democratic-controlled county government, all of which were brought about by the Feds and certainly not any investigative work done by newspaper "journalists." And they certainly didn't talk about how this looks:
|Gerald McFaul||Sheriff||House Arrest||5|
|Jimmy DiMora||Commissioner||28 yrs||3|
|Frank Russo||Auditor||21 yrs||7|
What they are lamenting is the loss of a Democrat opposition research center and propaganda organ. You can't be a credible journalist and still root for, and be part of, the ruling class in a one-party town.
Equally amusing is how the paper and its union staff can be so hostile to Republicans and the business community and be puzzled by the fact that ad buys and subscribing readership is in a freefall. How many union jobs could be saved if The Plain Dealer represented everyone's interests and points of view and gave Republicans a reason to read the paper again?