Saturday, May 05, 2007

Sad Saturday

The story selection on the front page of the Enquirer today is abysmal. The paper seems to be more frequently going with all-local front pages, which usually means sports, Marcus Fiesel and stories about children. In that vein, today's front page doesn't disappoint.

The Marcus Fiesel story was over weeks ago, and this overwrought story doesn't deserve the front page. This story about who gets to sing the anthem at Reds games was so flat and poorly written that even the web editors missed the point, and put this head on the story online: "Springdale kids sing anthem." This story about a county clerk who was fired doesn't get to the point until the 16th paragraph, that he might have been hired after being fired from his Norwood job just so he could qualify for his public employees pension. And this story about the Flying Pig Marathon isn't bad, but did it deserve the top of the front page?

This isn't all is today's Enquirer. Editors apparently thought this story was so good it was printed twice in my copy of the paper, once on the front of the Local section and again on the second page. And usually on Saturdays the main story in Business is about personal finance. What's the hot topic today? Free comic books. Thank you for saving me $2. Now I can retire.

There was news worth reading today, but the Enquirer buried it. This story about kids throwing rocks at a school bus at the zoo is every West Chester mom's nightmare, and just gives people in the burbs another reason not to come into the city. The Enquirer played it down. Keep in mind that Enquirer publisher Margaret Buchanan is on the 3CDC Board. Another Cincinnati cop was arrested, and this story too was buried. And Mr. Pig died April 30, and the Enquirer finally got around to printing his obit today.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't believe that about Mr. Pig. They should have made a comments section for that story. He was a loved man and one we would visist every weekend at Findlay Market.

3:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Pig was one of the nicest individuals in this city. I started eating his food the first week that he started his business. My heart is sadden by his death.

3:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You were working those days did you say anything before publication? I would think the editors would listen to you. You have the entire newsroom's respect.

The top people know who you are anyway just start being part of the solution.

4:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Newsache gets his jollies throwing grenades he's too cowardly to say anything...but he's still right. What's better being a coward or being the smartest cynic? Good question.

4:55 PM  
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

When the powers that be don't listen beforehand it is far better to be smart. And there's no choice other than to be a cynic.

8:00 PM  
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whipple is back?

8:50 PM  
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7:43 AM  

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