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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.

More skinny papers in 2020 following 42 twenty-page Pilot issues — 11½% — in 2019

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 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.
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Did a delivery truck "accident" delay Steamboat papers on a snowy mid-December morning?

milemarker 27 on Colorado highway 131, south of Toponas

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.

Pilot endorsed 4B, 4C — Schools' Debt to Rise, Property Taxes to Jump in 2022 and beyond

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.

Black bear shocked, dies, crashes August 2, 2019 — next day Pilot page 3 story, imageless

bear electrocuted in South Valley August 2 2019
relayed on CBS4 Denver, WHIO-TV7 Dayton, WSB Radio Atlanta — slideshow from phone video captured event — warning #4 graphic

Editor finally WOKE to flawed Facebook commenting log-in: after years, switch to Viafoura

In a front-page column February 27, 2020, editor Lisa Schlichtman relented, reversing years of mandatory gatekeeping limited to those with Facebook IDs and passwords. Eleven months earlier Steamboat Pilot & Today publisher Logan Molen defended the paper's burden on its readership to authenticate themselves only if already servants to Mark Zuckerberg's empire. To limit trolls and abuse, the reasoning went, approved authors with identities Facebook curates are likelier to be tame netizens, aware that Facebook aggressively harvests personal behaviors sold to marketeers. TANSTAAFL - There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch! There's always strings attached in FREE offers especially those schemed by Zuck! — sources:
Consider positive reforms imagined by Center for Humane Technology's Tristan Harris in New Agenda for Tech video — 44 minutes — April 25, 2019

Humane: A New Agenda for Tech from Center for Humane Technology on Vimeo.

excerpt 13:54-14:20 — "We have these artificial social systems that have hijacked and overpowered human nature, combined with overwhelming AI (Artificial Intelligence installed on servers worldwide) that have again, overwhelmed human weaknesses by building these voodoo dolls (harvested user profiles) combined with an extractive attention economy built on getting attention from people. And this is what's causing the downgrading of humans."
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
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ths ads and promos: 20 page September 11 edition 2018's thinnest
Advertising occupied nearly half this issue: 9½ pages worth! Self-promotional content including mastheads filled close to 3 pages. News articles with images came in third with slightly over 2½ pages.
The events calendar (orange) merited 1⅓ pages. Commentary (red) and Sports (purple) one page each — Comics & Puzzles amounted to ¾ page — Public Service content was a half page; Weather a bit less.
Advertising matters. Can you trust a local monopoly and its give-away, shrink-wrapped news?

reputation manipulation vs. editor's July 5, 2018 column Journalists are not the enemy

Among its quarter-page, color ads for a host of moonlighting services, Steamboat Pilot & Today identifies Reputation Management as Problem Number 1 it can remedy. Hire them to help you scrub unfavorable online reviews about your business. The paper takes a snarky pride in its ability to magically bleach appearances for a price, but is its news reporting as honest as you deserve? Read with care and you'll find posturing that promotes groupthink idealism and subtle bias disguised as an Orwellian public service: Read the Free Paper at times sanitized in your best interest, fully financed by ads and side services.
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, 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

Remarking on 2018's Q2 staff departures of its publisher and 4 reporters, Pilot and Today editor Schlichtman acknowledged in New team, same mission on the front page, "...smaller daily newspapers often serve as training grounds. Journalists work several years at a smaller publication and then move on to larger papers or bigger opportunities." Weeks earlier she waxed poetic on journalistic integrity: " organizations must hold themselves accountable to standards of fairness, objectivity and accuracy to earn and retain the trust of readers. Especially in the era of 'fake news', it's critically important for journalists to be above reproach."
Compare her platitudes with May/June 2016 policy at Liberal Bias Annotated, an epic newsroom fail.
As the paper gets skinnier, its excrement pile deepens and its denials stink worse than ever.
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You Wouldn't Let A Child Do Your Taxes, but perhaps more stable in local web design

In pitching its sidecar services boasting of expertise in all things internet, for months past Tax Day 2018 the paper ran a self-serving ad featuring a grimacing lad, ashes on his face, made-up as a Red Devil, captioned: "Why are you trusting just anyone to manage your business's search-ability online?" That's the paper's compelling pitch to hire their people advertised as experts. It's ironic a gifted, child prodigy might actually BE a better choice than the paper's designated tech moonlighter. At least the kid'll be around town for awhile.

Reporter Teresa Ristow's exit telegraphed by paper's own Help Wanted ads

Until May 4, 2018, Ristow was listed third on the paper's contact directory, usually a left page's left column (ironic, no?). She was the paper's Digital Engagement Editor until then, heading its colorful ad campaign to trust its personnel's expertise with your digital solutions strategies. How about mission-critical issues such as a FAILSAFE override code to prevent repeating dated sports dispatches a week after the event? Nicole Miller replaced Ristow. Just a year later (May 2019) the paper's again advertising for a Digital Engagement Editor! Plus, a Digital Sales Manager, in the Help Wanted ads. Any takers? How about that red-devil internet whiz-kid. Is he old enough? Or maybe not the right gender?

Colorado AVs 5-4 loss reprinted following weekend — 2-1 Victory report MIA

Steamboat Pilot & Today's SPORTS, page 9, right column, Saturday, April 21, ran an ENCORE of its Avalanche report of 6 days earlier! The copy desk even continued the stale story on page 10. In fact, AVs won Friday night, 2-1, but THAT NEWS went unreported in the morning's print edition. (Nashville won in a 5-0 shutout Sunday night, ending the AV's season.) End-users place zero value on free product. Just as the Chinese space station's lowering orbits forecast its destruction, Steamboat's newspaper wobbles before its inevitable crash into chaotic and irreversible irrelevance. Your local Pilot IS Losing Altitude

Autoposy law proposed : headline misspelling on front page, April 23, 2018

The other headline read: Sunshine likely to be interrupted by snowfall. Imagine that phrase's potential! Sunshine likely to be interrupted by nightfall or Sunshine likely to be interrupted by clouds or Sunshine likely to be interrupted by a solar eclipse. Endless possibilities!

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