@ Brunetto Latini
What did/do those you cited have to say on, the schools, Crosstown, Unpaid for pensions, AutoZone and the like?
If Mona Charen and George Will and Cal Thomas (ugh!) and Star Parker (excuse me while I throw up) aren't enough conservatives to appear in The CA per week or month, then one must be really to the extreme on the ideological scale.
I was one of the ones surprised by SI's 9th place prediction and honestly thought the Grizzlies would wind up with the #2 seed and reach the finals....they probably won't make the #2 seed now but I still believe, when and if everyone gets healthy this team can reach the finals.
Single payer health care as necessary? And this is said to "cross political lines"?
CL, you're a laugh a minute!
No disgruntled ex-employee here.
To paraphrase Ronald Reagan's assessment of his old Democratic Party: "I didn't leave the Commercial Appeal; the Commercial Appeal left me."
The CA left me when became an leftist entity espousing perpetual bias by agenda-driven political hacks posing as editors and journalists, and my all-time favorite "I'm-not-really-a-journalist" job description: columnists (i.e. Wendi Thomas).
However, I left the CA for good when it published my name and countless other law-abiding Tennesseans in a data base with the sole intention of making all us appear as criminals with firearms for the sake of the "Children" and "Public Safety". Even the deaf, dumb, blind and apolitical folks knew what that data base was really all about.
If OTP is right, the Tri-State Defender is in position to make a lot of money.
Get down to the Bargain Cave, they'll fix ya right up.
I am a fan of, though no expert in newspapers. But I wonder how a tabloid like the NY Daily News would do in this market. Why not. I mean I actually read the articles in Playboy. Too.
You may be right, however, I don't write or publish the newspapers, you have a part in that. Read your newspaper and tell us how many stories that you have that covers the 70% of the population. How many black editors and/or full time reporters do you have that are black?
Same goes for the CA, and the Memphis Daily News.
I only say what I see, however, you and others in your position can change what I see.
Yes, I play it up. but, I do it to make sure attention is brought to it. Unlike you, I don't have a job or image to protect. I am free to say what I fell and I don't have to sugarcoat it. This makes me completely impervious to yours or anyone else's criticism. I wihs you could honestly say the same.l
I enjoy reading both. Bruce is correct in so much as"PR releases" being used as "news", on the CA. It is annoying. But, he limits it a little too much in his description, they will use any "PR release" for a Quick filler they can tun into "news" quickly, any liberal announcement will do just as well.
Newspaper editors comment on all manner of things about which they know very little. The same can be said for the writers of opinion and journalist employed by the papers. We can all see this. Peppered throughout articles and commentary we find polemic and apologia. I wish, with all my heart, for one good news paper. I do read all the locals and quite a few non local papers and have for almost forty years. When I was younger I was known to haunt the library for access to information and thoughts from elsewhere and otherwhen. I absolutely love the Internet. It is my hope that "news" survives it's onslaught and doesn't all become nothing more than the local PR outlet for, well, whatever.
In my experience, the more truth in a paper, the better it sells. Start with simple facts like those found in the county budget. I used to have to go get accurate information regarding that from the copy at the library because the local papers couldn't seem to find it and publish that in the paper.
Perhaps the CA could start there. So could the Flyer.
OTP busting out "you people." Well done! Also conflating comments with editorial concerns! Whoohoo!
Bruce, you beat me to the punch RE our expert commenters.
You are 100% right about the political shortcomings of the area. You hit the nail right on the head about all of those failed projects.
What you didn't do is acknowledge why those particular projects failed. All of the projects except one failed because they were not built or financed for the majority of Memphians. How many blacks own and need the use of a boat dock downtown? How many blacks needed the pyramid downtown? How many blacks give a damn about redbirds park, or for that matter, the redbirds? All of these projects were doomed to fail because they were not built for the majority of the population, but, for a few, many who don't even live in Memphis proper.
I have to withhold judgment on Crosstown because if done right, it has the potential to benefit all of Memphis, not just a select few.
Yes, we need political leaders that think outside of the box. We need political leaders that do not kow-tow to a select group of people, but to all, if not the majority of the population. We need leaders who will give tax breaks where it is needed, in the most impoverished and underserved areas of the city. We need to give Kroger tax and hiring credits for building superstores with in the areas of the city that definitely need them, not to a super store in midtown. We need leaders to re-calibrate the deal with the conservancy groups on Overton Park and Shelby Farms with people that are more attuned to the needs and wishes of the large neglected population and not just to the whims and wishes of a few. We need leaders who think first of being all inclusive instead of exclusive when it comes to the tax payers dollars. We need leaders who will demand that MLG&W, not just cover expenses, but, make a profit out of contracting services to non Memphis communities.
Btw, response, when was the last time you visited Memphis Schools? Memphis has very good schools, physical plants and all. It is not the fault of the schools that a certain portion of children won't learn, for they all have the opportunity to learn. If you think that Memphis schools are bad, visit some schools in Atlanta, Charlotte, New York, New Orleans, Chicago, La, Miami, Jacksonville, Birmingham, etc.
Response, your problem is that you are already bigoted to anything that has connotations of being run by and for blacks.
OTP, your obsession with race defines every fiber of your being.
You people bake the cake! You people are the minority of the entire Shelby County, but, garner over 80% of the positive news on the CA. Hell, you garner over 80% of the news on the Memphis Flyer, but, yet you complain.
The 70% or more of Memphians and Shelby Countians get more than 80% of the negative news and 30% or less of the positive news. That is the problem with the CA, Memphis Daily and the Memphis Flyer. You cannot run a viable newspaper and leave 70% or more people out of the news. If you want to increase circulation, then feature more positive news concerning the majority community in the area. If there is a positive story about Ms. Jones, from Hickory Hill, fox Meadows, South Memphis, etc., Ms Jones, her family and friends are going to buy that newspaper. If Ms Jackson is seen coming out of, say J. C. Pennys with a big smile bragging on the deals she got and the cooperation of the workers, J. C. Penny is going to see an uptick in sales from minorities. People, this is not about race, it is economics. Yes, large stores are hurting in the Memphis market, not because they don't have products at a reasonable price, but, they are perceived by the majority of the shopping public as being, either insensitive or disrespectful of the minority community. Yes, collectively, the majority of the population in Shelby County is worth a lot of shopping dollars. Also, from a retailers viewpoint, they buy less quality, so they return more often than the more affluent ones. Let's face it, the 30 or more percent of white people in this county are not going to buy 3 or four papers a day to make up for the non-buying of those papers by 70% of the community.
To make a point, the flyer printed an article about Harold Ford Sr not ready to retire and opening up a new funeral home here. One of the posters wrote, who cares? Well, to the flyer and that poster, thousands of Memphians care.
Memphis and Shelby County cannot and will not improve until that 70% or more of the community feels that it is given their due. Yes, this affects you , suburbanites. A lot of you depend on spending from that 70% for your livelihood and to keep you in the comfort that you have become accustomed to. Disrespect them at you and your children's peril.
This is not about race, because I seek not your love and companionship, but the respect that, collectively our dollars demand.
I agree, Brunetto. There are a lot of newspaper "experts" on here who apparently know very little about newspapers. As much as we try, there is no way the Flyer, with six fulltime reporters, can be the newspaper of record. I read the CA every day, and find it invaluable for local reporting and opinion. We at the Flyer also provide local reporting and opinion, and I think it's quite valuable, obviously. In truth, I believe thinking Memphians should read both papers. If you don't like a particular columnist, well, just don't read him or her.
And I view the CA's latest move as a positive one: I always found the Peck-era addition of press release "journalism" under the rubric of "My Life" insulting (though PR people no doubt loved it). Replacing those folks with three investigative reporters is a welcome return to a newspaper's core mission — reporting the news, not pandering to churches, private schools, and youth groups.
Now, whether the paywall is going to work long-term is still to be decided, IMO. We shall see.
It was never my intention to rankle anyone who adheres to the anomalies and absurdities of the current Progressive establishment that runs the Republican party.
But in retrospect, I'm glad I did...
I just read my morning paper, in fact. It included a story on the debt rating for the City of Memphis that I doubt I would find on an AP website; an editorial by Otis Sanford on the haphazard spending projects pushed by the Wharton administration (no chance of finding that on an AP website); and a column by Wendi Thomas on some local girl's encounter with Nelson Mandela (which I scanned to see if Ms Thomas could avoid insulting the components of my demographic which are additional to my being gay -- and she did avoid that). Oh, and there was a travel article on Monument Valley that I found informative since I've considered visiting there.
I am unhappy with some things about The Commercial Appeal. But if you're going to gripe about it, at least read the newspaper!
Or maybe these statements are from disgruntled CA employees.
There seem to be a lot of people with very definite opinions about The Commercial Appeal who don't read the newspaper. Ignorance justifies lots of prejudiced and stupid statements.
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