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Publisher Logan Molen announced printing of Sunday's Steamboat Pilot suspends indefinitely in April as COVID-19's economic local impact is choking ad revenue. Honest journalists meeting deadlines for news reports on-the-air, online or in print have my empathy. Our business makes often insatiable demands I learned working in Denver radio/TV news 1975-1986.
I recall some of the despair felt by semi-quarantined yet needed print and electronic reporters here, in NYC, LA, Chicago, New Orleans, on the front line pulling tough shifts, along with danger and anger in the pandemic. It will pass. Sunny days are ahead. Americans know united, we prevail.
March 25th newspaper editor Lisa Schlichtman interviewed Cory Christensen, Jason Lacey and Beth Melton. Viewers never saw Lisa full face — at best a crescent of a profile. While social distancing was in force, video cameras generally have ZOOM LENSES to capture facial expressions accompanying worthy words. Ideally, Camera 1 pans to responding panelist — Camera 2 positioned behind Beth's shoulder, is tight on inquisitor; 4 clip-on (lavalier) mikes input to a mixer w/ VU meter output to either camera. Miking a PA speaker yields muddy, shallow-frequency audio.
5th case confirmed headlined the March 24th Steamboat newspaper, itself, ironically, COVID-19's 6th local victim. Vanishing advertisers left it with a mere 16 pages — a modern minimum — repeated twice in late March and an encore in April, a month without SUNDAY papers, as decreed by Publisher Molen. Is local news sustainable in print or about to go online exclusively? See HelloSteamboat.com for more.
As dailies try to compete with much more nimble and immediate news sources, a good metric of a paper's HEALTH is its HEFT.
The next article questions the integrity of the online Pilot in mid-December, and why the paper omitted any mention of news it made Saturday December 14th.
With no more than a brief — less than a hundred word — online advisory near sunrise by Steamboat Pilot & Today publisher Logan Molen slugged Saturday newspaper delivery will be delayed, his claim of an accidental cause is disputed by Colorado State Patrol Sergeant Scott Elliott based in Routt County's seat, Steamboat.
By telephone next morning Sunday, December 15 at 9, Sergeant Elliott contradicted Mr. Molen's assertion, "The delivery truck carrying papers from our printing facility in Gypsum has been in an accident..." Sgt. Elliott stated no accident occurred and no accident report was filed. A representative for parent Colorado Mountain News Media, called for a tow of the truck and its printed cargo to Steamboat. CSP reported the vehicle disabled, on the shoulder of Colorado 131's last ½ mile climb before its descent into Toponas 6 miles north. Mile marker 27 on CO 131, curiously, is exactly halfway on the truck's 90 mile return leg to Steamboat from CMNM's newsprint collective for the Mountain West stretching to Nevada. Journalists are obliged to get their facts in order and correct mistakes promptly. The Steamboat paper's newsroom was flatfooted and silent in explaining why newspapers were late on that December Saturday.
On November 5, Routt County voters narrowly passed Steamboat School District's Referenda 4B — by a 32:31 margin — and 4C — by a 101:99 margin — both measures editorially endorsed by the Pilot. 4C's higher debt authorization, coupled with 4B's automatic increases in county property tax levies starting in 2022, will recover district costs for new school construction and maintenance projects. The district need not ask voter approval of future taxation rates.
District allows teen students to walk out in day-long strikes over climate change and gun violence, but administratively opposes parental protests of the inclusion of lefty guru Allen Ginsberg's smut-laden "Howl" in a Steamboat Springs high school classroom. Parents may opt out their student NEXT time.
relayed on CBS4 Denver, WHIO-TV7 Dayton, WSB Radio Atlanta — steamboatview.com slideshow from phone video captured event — warning #4 graphic
Editor finally WOKE to flawed Facebook commenting log-in: after years, switch to Viafoura
How a handful of tech companies control billions of minds every day Tristan Harris at TED Talk, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada — 17 mins., April 2017
reputation manipulation vs. editor's July 5, 2018 column Journalists are not the enemy
In a front page column on the 5th of July, editor Lisa Schlichtman opened by recapping what led up to the murderous rampage of a madman in the Capital Gazette Annapolis newsroom a week earlier. While I share her grief, she pivots to an emotional defense of herself and her team, "...we're not immune from gun violence." Blame the sick perpetrator Jarrod Ramos, not his weapon! Lee Harvey Oswald and John Wilkes Booth assassinated U.S. Presidents. Are word processors and notebooks responsible for slanting the news? Schlichtman's third paragraph concludes with an apparent swipe at my fact-checking work: There's even a website, created by a critic of the newspaper, that is devoted solely to letting people know just how bad this person thinks I am at my job.
Plastered on her newspaper's front page Lisa Schlichtman's ¶3 lists unnamed parties gnawing at her thoughts starting with "a gun-toting murderer" and ending with, presumably, SteamboatYesterday.com. In between Lisa lists "a sawmill owner who took a swing at me", written threats from newsworthy criminals and angry political voicemails. In the public eye journalists must tolerate cranks and worse, but in our free country reporting the news is worth it. When I see injustice I apply my competence, training and experience without resorting to violence, sanitizing reputations or waffling on news ethics. I believe journalists who intentionally spin, distort or bleach the truth deserve to be tagged as PUBLIC ENEMIES despite Ms. Schlichtman's forceful denial.
On the evening of March 27, 2018, I emailed both her and departing publisher Suzanne Schlicht regarding the selection of a hard-left editorial satirist's bigoted cartoon documented within our home page slandering white, Christian, home-schooled, Cis males as a class pinned with some responsibility for the Austin bomber's mindset. It was selected by Schlichtman and published three days earlier premised on an UNPROVEN BUZZFEED report as evaluated by SNOPES. The internet is agnostic. Steamboat's newspaper editor can make whatever wishful claims she pleases about her purity of purpose, being a champion of free speech, all while withholding inclusion of certain politically-incorrect news or even lying by the Main Stream Media. Why? Groupthink ideology is used as a social and intellectual bludgeon to reform our thinking, perspectives and social priorities to match theirs.
Guided by SEO keywords, readers are here learning how journo-sausage gets made by a member of Schlichtman's profession, one who understands the manipulation and vindictiveness of liberals in media. Illuminating a dark agenda bent on fooling us, more gadflies identifying examples of journalism's decay are welcome. Whenever journalists are guilty of egregious reporting, it is the duty of other journalists to call out the malpractice.
I've been a journalist about 25 years longer than Lisa's been in the saddle. For me and many others with whom I've worked, integrity comes first. This website is NOT "devoted solely to letting people know just how bad this person thinks I am at my job". Lisa Schlichtman has served as the Pilot's Pilot for 6½ years now. She is largely responsible for poor navigation choices — attributed to her demonstrative left-leaning bias — that has grounded Steamboat's daily newspaper in a journalistic quagmire of progressivism spearheaded by Millennials.
Most American news media today marginalizes a once-honorable profession with liberal delusions of grandeur-(Politico) eroding the public trust. As I see things Steamboat Pilot & Today is a microcosm mirroring perverse national news groupthink. I believe editor Lisa Schlichtman betrayed a duty to enforce newsroom discipline, lacking the backbone to prevent bias at the end of May 2016. At her request in a 2016 email exchange, I submitted a letter-to-the-editor about concerns I had verbalized on the phone. She flatly ignored my literary warning shot across her bow by cavalierly 86'ing my remarks. Careful readers might recall the news reporting that prompted my letter. Upon my submission, her paper's online comments section censored me from posting. My freedom to speak up in identifying corrupt media practices — independently, here on the Internet — is guaranteed by the First Amendment.
By refusing to acknowledge complicity in advancing clearly biased reporting, arrogant newsroom offenders invite public outrage and revolt.
authored by Scott Monahan, journalist since 1973 as a broadcast news reporter for WROK-AM, Rockford; WIFE-AM, Indianapolis; KTLK-AM, Denver; KRDO-TV, Colorado Springs; KBTV 9News Denver; KMGH-TV, Denver; KRMA-TV, Denver; KBCO-FM, Boulder; BRN, Business Radio Network, Colorado Springs (late 1980s); independent video documentary writer, host, producer and editor of Sacred EquinoX, completed in October 2018.
PART ONE MARCH 10, 2016 PART TWO
I subbed for 2 weeks as morning newscaster for vacationing Shannon Lukens on Steamboat Radio in early 2016.
Editor pens New team, same mission June 7 and If not for journalists... April 18, 2018
You Wouldn't Let A Child Do Your Taxes, but perhaps more stable in local web design
Reporter Teresa Ristow's exit telegraphed by paper's own Help Wanted ads
Colorado AVs 5-4 loss reprinted following weekend — 2-1 Victory report MIA
Autoposy law proposed : headline misspelling on front page, April 23, 2018
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