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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Journalistic bravery doesn't exist

Chuck Plunkett is a coward. Naturally, journalistic elitists are praising him for publicly backstabbing the owners of the Denver Post, who employed him, who paid him well, and who trusted him.

Plunkett betrayed that trust by running an editorial on Wednesday blasting the owners. After his sneak attack, he resigned.

Rolling Stone gave this distrustful man space to blast the owners again. Imagine if an editor published an editorial blasting Jann Wenner, co-founder of the magazine, over the serious allegation of raping a man.

No one in the news trade would give Plunkett the time of day.

The background is simple. Dean Singleton's Media News outfit bought the paper in the 1980s. The staff protested but calmed down later. He's old now and in a wheelchair, as is the newspaper business. He sold off the property to the hedge fund Alden Global Capital.

As any new owner of a newspaper must do, the new owner cut staff.

The Post's newsroom staff is outraged, not because circulation managers, advertising salesmen, and others on the staff lost their jobs, but because the owners cut the newsroom staff.

Plunkett attacked the owners both in and out of print, and they allowed him. He complained that the owners want to make money on the newspaper.

The purpose of a newspaper is to make money for its owners. It is a business, not the papacy.

"The Post enjoys profits of 19 percent. Across DFM, the operating margin is 17 percent. These are figures in excess of Alden's media peers," he wrote.

Many of those "media peers" are losing money, which brings down the trade's average.

Compare Plunkett's outrage over that to the Post under its old owners -- who cashed in when Alden took it off their hands -- a year ago firing a guy for tweeting that he was uncomfortable with someone from a country we fought in World War II winning the Indianapolis 500 over a Memorial Day weekend.

He apologized. They fired him anyway. Plunkett was silent.

9 comments:

  1. Don,to be truthful,who cares.

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    1. To be truthful, if you don't care about this then start your own blog.
      Te unmitigated gall you have to come to Don's and make such a comment shows what a low-life you are.

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    2. Ah, yes, the "Other Anon"

      Who cares?

      Then why did you bother to respond? That's why I like keeping you around - hooks always self-identify so easily.

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    3. Lola,Crusader Rabbit,
      "Then, suddenly, the troubles of perrenial liberal rule in CA led to an overwhelming influx of post hippie airheads seeking permanent irresponsibility for less money.
      The Post followed the new kultur rot, rapidly moving into liberal rag mode. It accepted the NYT as its defacto puppet master since it had neither the mental fire power nor the resources to make sense of the world. Also, practical men like the boot tapping Cowboy had passed on, leaving it free to waste and destroy, even unto itself."

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    4. He has his opinion and I have mine "who cares" Dennis Henry,give a call 631-613-0390

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  2. I lived in Colorado until the mid 60s. Until then, the state's most powerful lobby was the cattleman's association. The legislature's vote on its issues depended on whether their chief lobbiest tapped his right or left boot with his pipe. Denver, an old cow town enriched by silver from local mines, had two papers, one a Hearst rag. The Post was the more right wing and "rational" of the two.
    The movement to the journalistic left started in Boulder following Kennedy's death. There the local Marxists were the first to accuse The Deep State(actually JEdgar) of killing him. The school paper, in a confused lather, called Eisenhower an "old futzer" and demanded retaliation. People took notice and local journalists quivered from a new excitement: verbal lynching without consequence.
    As Denver grew,it rapidly became a blue city of minorities, at odds with the rest of the state except for Aspen and Boulder, both lib shitholes, but of great influence in an agricultural state with only some local oil resources.
    Then, suddenly, the troubles of perrenial liberal rule in CA led to an overwhelming influx of post hippie airheads seeking permanent irresponsibility for less money.
    The Post followed the new kultur rot, rapidly moving into liberal rag mode. It accepted the NYT as its defacto puppet master since it had neither the mental fire power nor the resources to make sense of the world. Also, practical men like the boot tapping Cowboy had passed on, leaving it free to waste and destroy, even unto itself.
    The Post deserves the auto de fe of efficiency it's new owners have imposed. How many Emperor Bezos clones are there? None,fortunately. He bought a rotting corpse to reanimate with clever click technology, a monster to help protect him as he amassed more gold, mostly, he says, to enable him to fly to the stars. Yet, Should he tire of his toy, with out his financail support it would fall back into it's grave and never click again.
    The new masters of the DP are less ambitious. They just want some blood from their stone and aim to get it. Too bad.

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  3. I still live in CO. I actually read both papers, The Post and The Rocky Mountain News. Stayed with the Post. I got just too damn Lefty finally. I only take Wed and Sun, just to get some CO news. I have no sympathy for the "reporters" at the Post. If they presented news, all news, impartially then I might be upset. They just can't do that. Also, use so much from source like AP others that I just ignore the paper. The Sunday funnies are still mostly OK.

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  4. Meant to say "IT got just too damn Lefty"

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  5. I still have dreams (however fading) of teaching a HS business or finance class some day. On Day 1, I would give them a quiz, as follows:

    Q. What is the primary purpose of a business?

    A) To provide jobs
    B) To provide health care
    C) To provide a forum for workers’ political beliefs
    D) To make kwon

    It’d be interesting to see what the responses were.

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