Friday, December 15, 2006

Bad Friday

Today's Enquirer front page is full of poor choices. I wonder if we could "vote" a story onto the Enquirer's front page. There's only one way to explain how a story that's more than 24 hours old gets the top of the front page. The tragic story of a woman killed by a wrong-way driver was covered like crazy by TV on Thursday. My guess it that it was a busy story on the Enquirer's web site all day, which is what led the paper's know-nothing editors to put it across the top of the front page, even though the news would be more than 24 hours old by the time you picked the paper off your driveway.

That makes me wonder if we could ever pick a story off the Enquirer's web site and hit it so often we could launch it onto the front page. It would have be something really lame to prove our point, but I think it could be done.

The Enquirer's editors have apparently given up on news judgement. Why else would they put this woe-is-me Film Commission story in the center of the front page? There's only been four movies shot here since 2000. The story would lead you to believe there's five movies, but it wrongly lists "Seabiscuit." According to this story and this story, not a minute of the movie "Seabiscuit" was ever shot in Cincinnati. There was a casting call downtown, but Cincinnati lost out to Lexington for actual filming. This hard-to-read graphic "Films Shot In Our Area" lists "Seabiscuit" as one of them. Wrong. lists Seabiscuit's locations. "Mr. 3000", which the Enquirer also lists, doesn't list Cincinnati as a location, either. Great American Ball Park shows up briefly in the movie, but the scene was so minor "Mr. 3000" doesn't belong on the same list as "Rain Man".

And surprise -- retailers cut their prices when you get closer to Christmas! The story states the obvious. What else could have gone on the front page? How about McCain and others calling for up to 30,000 more troops in Iraq? And I'm surprised cornhole didn't make it to the front page. (Note here that the lines are blurring between the Enquirer and Cin Weekly. The Enquirer's cornhole story was written by Gina Daugherty, who also wrote this Winter Sports Festival story, which includes the cornhole story, for Cin Weekly.)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

There seems to be some dirty fighting going on in Indy:

9:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Indy's union is wise to tread carefully...this is as much of a move to save money long-term as it is to be "editorially competitive".

The Star will ultimately be able to downgrade positions for lower costs too....concerns that the Enquirer doesn't have to worry about as they have the freedom to quietly downgrade, adjust people and positions at will.

12:30 PM  

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