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.
One good thing U of M has a new A.D. Maybe the university will hire a real coach and stop being so damn cheap .Fuente is a Bust at best, larry Porter was a recruiter and that cheap worthless Ex A.D. R.C. Johnson knew this, any U of M true fan could have done a better job than R C Johnson and for way less money , A winning local High school coach good do a better job than the last 3 head football coaches !
No one read the CA any more since the paper is like 4 pages thick these days and almost all of the stories are taken from the AP that you can get for free online.
Tigers fans let's not get too excited. Let's keep an even keel and not nominate Pastner for the Coaches Hall of Fame just yet. Expect another clunker or inexplicable loss or two down the road.
Shaq played great but I'm still concerned about his rebounding, as I am with the entire team. As Pat Riley famously said "No rebounds, no rings".
My take on the Tigers is they will go only as far as Joe Jackson takes them. The young man is a tremendous player, one of the best to suit up for the Tigers, but he's still not being fully utilized. Because Pastner is so eager to prove he can coach at this level I think he's foolishly restraining Joe. When you have an experienced player as skilled as Jackson you need to trust him by putting the ball in his hands as much as possible. Let him decide who gets the ball, when, and where, instead of allowing so many different players to initiate or run the offense. The players should look for Joe anyime they get the ball off the backboard and he's in the game. The guy's so fast no one can stay in front of him and such a great free throw shooter that you have to make sure the ball's in his hands as much as possible, especially during crunch time.
Many college coaches are guilty of this: Holding great players back to get more credit for the success of the team. Remember, MJ was merely good, not great, under Dean Smith and his controlling of the game. By the same token there have been a slew of great NBA players who didn't distinguish themselves as great while in college. It's great players that will lead you to championships. You have to unleash them and let them play to their full potential.
Someone let me know when it's okay to hold Fuentes to the same standard we held Larry Porter to. The Tigers over the last two years have been no better than under Porter's tenure, and arguably worse. Where's the improvement? Looks like the same bunch of underachievers that have littered the program for the last decade or so.
Just asking because as soon as it's permissible to hold Fuentes responsible for the pitiful Tigers' showing this year I want to start with his boneheaded, idiotic decision to start Lynch over Kareem. That was lunacy. You don't replace an experienced quarterback who was playing well at the end of the season, and on a winning streak, for an untested freshman. Not unless he's a Jameis Winston or a Cam Newton, or some other phenom. Let the young man back up Kareem and learn how to play the position at the college level, and put him in if the starting quarterback struggles.
This boneheaded decision, in my opinion, was the death knell for the team this year, and Fuentes was just too stubborn to admit his mistake. When you have a team with few good players at the skill positions you just can't go with a freshman quarterback. Duh!!
Wish I could be there! Loved Jesse right from the start...
I believe there are virtually no recruits for next year. Where DO we go from here?
How appropriate for the ill-prepared Tigers to crash and burn on Pearl Harbor Day! What a miserable performance. Justin's touching faith in Paxton Lynch was rewarded by his Chosen One playing (yet-another) stupid game. The guy has talent, but not a CLUE as to how to lead a team...
I have no idea of where Tiger football goes from here, except down the tubes! k
PS A tribute to how amazing this miserable day was. On this day-of-national-championship days, when there's lots of distractions, ESPN singled out five great performances. One of them, believe it or not, was Casey Cochran's record-setting achievements on behalf of UConn against our sorry excuse for a football team.
PPS Drop football, and solve the budget deficit at U of M. This is going nowhere, with or without Fuente.
PPPS I almost traveled to the game. Thanking my lucky stars i didn't!
Oh yes, this is a wonderful idea. I always sit by the emergency exits, so please sit by me with your incessant driveling.
Can you hear me nowwwwwwwwwwwwwww...............
Fooled yes, and I will say it again. This sound like a planned act between Cohen and Yacoubian to make Wilkins look weak. The ground is swelling in social media that it is time for Cohen to go!
You know it was said, Obama could not win...the rest is history.
Can just one person come forward and say they wre polled by Yacoubin. I am suprised that Baker would print such mess without real proof.
Memphonia you must be from Cohen's camp...why mention Wade's name? Wade has moved on and is working in his community helping people. More importanantly, the Veterans. Somethig Cohen has not done. It has been documented a veteran went to his office for help and could not get it.
I'm fairly new to Memphis but this is best team I've seen in my 6 years
Fuente needs to go program needs Togo.going nowhere with him.
Sounds good to me.uphill since Peck left.He was not a big city editor
Carol chumney needs torun again. For county Mayor
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