Steamboat Pilot & Today breaking & broken news & commentary
More 20 pagers in 2020 following 42 minimalist Pilot issues — 11½% — printed in 2019
This January a week's worth of Steamboat papers were 20 pages, matching January 2019's count: 7 of 31 issues.
February 2019 saw the most slenderized issues of the year.
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 24-hour news cycle renders newsprint irrelevant and dated, regardless of whether the paper arrives in Steamboat news boxes on time or not. Next, some facts Steamboat Pilot neglected to inform its readers.
Did a delivery truck "accident" delay Steamboat papers on a snowy December 14, 2019?
With nothing more than a curt — shy of 100 words — 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
relayed on CBS4 Denver, WHIO-TV7 Dayton, WSB Radio Atlanta — steamboatview.com slideshow from phone video captured event — warning #4 graphic
Publisher: Commenting at SteamboatPilot.com? Must authenticate yourself to Facebook!
On March 27, 2019 Steamboat Pilot & Todaypublisher Logan Molen defended his paper's policy limiting online comments to only those logging-in with a Facebook ID/PSWD combo. To limit trolls and abuse, the reasoning goes, approved authors with identities Facebook curates are likelier to be tame netizens, aware that Facebook aggressively harvests personal behaviors sold to marketeers. Protest the newspaper's exclusion of postings by readers revolted by FB's repeated data spills. Mail a Letter to the Editor. All readers deserve access. The Pilot & Today should invest in its own log-in gateway. 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:
Steamboat Pilot & Today chosen editorial, page 7: Facebook is right to boot abusers, Tribune Content Agency columnist Clarence Page; Facebook addicts, local readers & advertisers: a green light for liberals to censor freedom-of-expression and sanitize chosen, filtered reporting — May 5, 2019
Sharyl Attkisson — Emmy-award winning investigative journalist who resigned from CBS News, copy and paste into your browser https://sharylattkisson.com/ then click on BLOG — When media narratives became more important than facts — May 2, 2019
The Guardian UK daily, Facebook investor and insider Roger MacNamee's POV on Facebook's catastrophe — February 17, 2019
Steamboat Pilot & Today "We've come to expect incivility on Facebook or on the cable news channels, but we shouldn't accept it here in our otherwise idyllic Yampa Valley." OUR VIEW, page 10, ¶3 — February 7, 2019
In a February 14, 2020 page 3 article headlined "We want your feedback", Molen signalled a reversal: "In recent years, Pilot & Today has used Facebook commenting software to allow readers to comment on our news articles. That will soon change, as we work to migrate to new commenting software called Viafoura. Editor Lisa Schlictman and her news team are testing the software, with hopes of launching in the coming weeks. Look for a column from Lisa soon."
Consider positive reforms imagined by Center for Humane Technology's Tristan Harris in New Agenda for Tech video — 44 minutes — April 25, 2019
excerpt 13:54-14:20 — "We have these artificial social systems that have hijacked and overpowered human nature, combined with overwhelming AI (Artificial Intelligenceinstalled 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."
⅝ths 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 articleswith 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, 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, 2016, 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.
Substituted as morning news talent (pre-recorded) for vacationing Shannon Lukens on Steamboat Radio in early 2016.
— March 10, 2016 — open 1:27 — close 49 seconds
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: "...news 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.
Cinderella and Neuroses approve
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!