Sunday, January 06, 2008

Bombs in West Chester make the front page, but not those in Iraq

The Enquirer has put a story about the war in Iraq on the front page just once since December 1. But let some 19 year old kill himself with a homemade pipe bomb, and the Enquirer gives us two front-page stories (here and here), a front-page box on Friday and an editorial. Daniel Ferraro's attempt to win a Darwin Award might be fodder for the Local page. The fact that the Enquirer puts it on the front page shows how little gas there is in the tank at 312 Elm.

The Enquirer is using this tragic death to further demonize the Internet, because Ferraro and his friends wanted to post video of their bomb on YouTube. The Enquirer -- the editorial page in particular -- writes almost nothing positive about the Internet. Would you, if the Internet were kicking your ass so bad?

In the past few days there's been plenty of fodder for good stories: The deal to have Portune and Hartmann run unopposed for the Hamilton County commission is one. The City Manager Milton Dohoney's demand to know why police and firemen are acting like Bengals is another. Both made the front page but neither had a follow-up. Dohoney's memo on the police and fire departments didn't even rate an editorial.

Dohoney wrote that memo Dec. 27, and it took the Enquirer till January 5 to publish it. Would that have happened if the Post was still around?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Today’s paper highlights that it’s also a “bonus” issue.

Unfortunately, given what’s inside, and the missed opportunities to share stories that could have been told, it seems that this all too frequently used designation serves only in reinforcing that more will ultimately mean less overall.

The lack of any real, competitive threats and declining revenues most likely guarantees it.

4:55 PM  
Blogger Radarman said...

Any reader of this blog with access to HBO needs to be watching the current season of The Wire. The subject this year is newspapers, and the parallels with and differences from the Enquirer will fascinate.

10:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what a bizarre blog post. you should start your own newspaper.

7:45 AM  
Anonymous Ex-subscriber said...

Blogs ARE the "newspapers" of the 21st Century.

10:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


What are your thoughts on the Enquirer's newest business writer and P&G beat reporter, Keith T. Reed? I don't really understand why he would leave the Boston Globe to come to the Enquirer, but whatever.

3:53 PM  
Anonymous subscriber said...

Brilliant insight ex-subscriber. Thanks for that. Nobody was aware. You should be a media consultant. I have one for you: "iPods are the Walkmans of the 21st century."

6:06 PM  
Anonymous Ex-subscriber said...


If you would read the thread, you would see why I made the earlier comment.

But your snark is OK. I'm betting you're an Enquirer employee, probably a low-level peon who trudges through their day, every day, while telling yourself comfortable lies to numb your existence. You need an outlet for your frustration.


12:04 PM  

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