Steamboat Pilot & Today lost Publisher Suzanne Schlicht, reporters Teresa Ristow, Scott Franz, Tom Ross and Joel Reichenberger from April to June 2018, moving on, retiring, 1 pushed out. Remaining staff abandoned a 19 year HQ at US 40 and Elk River Road for modest in-town digs in July.
More than 1800 American newspapers have shut down since 2004 — 7100 survive, most pared from their glory days — according to a recent study by the School of Media and Journalism at the University of North Carolina. The study concludes America is experiencing an expanding news desert. Half of U.S. counties, among them Routt CO, have only one paper, more often a weekly than a daily. Regular journalism is absent in nearly 200 counties in the USA.
America embraces freedom of speech in our Constitution's First Amendment. Protesting injustice sustains our other liberties. I believe we must demand honesty in the news we consume. Marginalized news is bad news. Spinning stories to push an agenda earns the public's mistrust. Choose the truth.
Newspapers are this century's buggy-whips, used by drivers of horse-drawn carriages, dated and irrelevant when motor vehicles arrived. Today, online mega-news aggregators nourish mostly liberal viewpoints pre-digested for the public. Consumers must use extreme caution when accessing news online.
Steamboat newspaper editor Lisa Schlichtman confessed in the December 7, 2017 edition, "Over the past several years, the number of people who subscribe to the Pilot & Today has decreased, and as a result of declining readership, we are considering making the Sunday publication free". In a companion online survey, she tossed readers a jump-ball on the tabloid's identity: Shall it be known as Steamboat TodayORSteamboat Pilot?
The public's preference was for the Pilot option. A Steamboat Pilot & Today masthead launched in April 2018, but the paper retained its online identity: steamboattoday.com. "Pilot adds daily audio briefing" headlined a column by new publisher Logan Molen on the paper's August 6, 2018 front page. He proudly declared Amazon home listening device users may now shout out, 'Alexa, open Steamboat Pilot'. In merging the 2 identities, then promoting either today or pilot for internet access, the paper raises ambiguity to a new level. Moreover, its new offices in the 910 Yampa building sport an address of 32 10th Street. Schizophrenia in branding and location suits a newspaper that is demonstrably bipolar — boasting it's fair — yet reporting news with a bias.
Liberal J-school professors have been instructing aspiring journalists to advance socialist values for over a generation now. Any imagined remedy invented by liberal ideologues in the media for any perceived economic disparity becomes a self-inflicted curse betraying The People to whom The Media aspires and is obliged to inform! NEVER in history has socialism lifted a nation in the long run. It promises the mirage of equality by dragging down the economic condition of all — everyone, that is, except for paid propagandists and their evil patrons, the elite bureaucrats who prosper by decree within an otherwise decadent wasteland where populations pay puppets promising paradise. Socialism failed North Korea. Many journalists tacitly endorse it for the USA today.
Another Inconvenient Truth: why won't liberal papers, fond of damning fossil fuels, report on the disgusting environmental consequences of their disposable dailies? It's hypocrisy — a double standard! Paper mills, serving the newsprint addiction of these papers, have a poor environmental record. They're a major contributor to deforestation as well as air and, on occasion, soil contamination.
As newspapers experiment with advertisement-saturated online editions, the newsrooms' dual demands to serve electronic and tactile audiences has jacked-up operating costs. Each time a technology update or reformat is implemented — BOOM — an inevitable stress on newspaper business models — economically unsustainable. There's a special justice knowing leftist ideologues haven't a clue when suddenly out-of-a-job for failing the public trust.
Glance at the headlines in online news aggregators: they scream for audience with click-bait. More than a generation ago, journalists honored an institutional credo to report news with neutrality and avoid bias. Today, journalist egos peddle advocacy and damnation, spinning facts according to instructed and cultivated sensitivities. A popular police drama from the days of black and white television was Dragnet. Co-star Jack Webb played the role of detective Joe Friday. "Just the facts, ma'am," was his signature warning in the cop shop's interrogation room. Today's journalism finds that approach unfashionable. The 1987-88 TV series Max Headroom, featured a virtual TV newscaster and blip-verts, simplifying stuff in 3 second bursts. Today, many news reporters enjoy an institutional permissiveness to insert instructive social teaching moments and interpret the motives of President Trump and those with whom these wiseacres collectively find fault, piling-on over and over again. Once autocrats rule, cheerleading lies will ensure newzer job security.
Wednesday, October 26, 2016, Steamboat Today's front page, left-column headline read From the publisher: With change brings progress. Steamboat Today publisher Suzanne Schlicht says "goodbye to a tradition dating back more than 100 years." The paper's local printing ended, surrendered to parent Swift's regional printing center, 90 miles south in Gypsum. The roundtrip to retrieve and haul product on Colorado route 131 to Steamboat increases air pollution EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR, and an enforced push-back of deadlines to press has impacted traditional, reportorial efficiencies. On Thursday, December 7, 2017, there was a contentious faceoff at the town's library. A day and a half later it was reported in Saturday morning's edition as front page, headline news: Steamboat crowd howls over Sierra Club's goals for wolf reintroduction. Delay in the transit of news amounts to an indignity toward readers.
Former owner of Steamboat Today, Worldwest LLC, still owns the 23 thousand plus square foot office/warehouse complex at US 40 and Elk River Road. The asking price was then and remains 5½ million dollars, too steep to interest either the City of Steamboat, which first took a look in April 2017, or Routt County a year later. The newspaper now leases space for its staff at 10th & Yampa, one block southeast of the Old Pilot Building at 11th & Lincoln.
Mon., July 16, 2018 Page 1 headline Steamboat Pilot &
Today is on the move
readership in decline
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This May 25, 2018 Mallard Fillmore cartoon appeared atop page A24 of Steamboat Pilot & Today on that date, asking, If students who support the second amendment held a "walkout" and most media didn't cover it, did it really happen?
as a video cameraman responded, We can't point this at them; it might be loaded!
The Pilot & Today lavished coverage on Steamboat High's gun protest while ignoring politically-incorrect mountain HS students 140 miles southeast.
Spiking newsworthy Colorado reports inconsistent with liberal groupthink idealism leads readers to mistrust Steamboat's paper for its bias-by-omission.
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