Okay, it looks like that Sacramento Bee story I mentioned in the post below has (or had) been shitcanned. I got an e-mail from Bee managing editor Joyce Terhaar saying the newspaper never had a story about the downfall of Miami Herald in the works. I knew differently, since I'd been interviewed for it by reporter Dale Kasler and he told me he was working on a story about the decline of the Herald as it mirrored the downfall of Knight Ridder. The entire interview was on that theme -- and I even wrote him an e-mail after the interview offering more on the "decline of the Miami Herald." (It was a quickee about the 1998 closing of Tropic Magazine, which I think was a big step toward quotidian mediocrity for the newspaper). I'm sure Kasler must have interviewed others on the topic, too.
So I told Terhaar about that. She wrote back:
"I talked to the reporter and he said your blog completely mischaracterized the interview. Dale was exploring a way to do the final sale of Knight Ridder through a different angle, the perspective of one of the KR papers. He looked at Miami and Kansas and ultimately decided on a completely different angle for the story. Your characterization of the story simply is wrong. While it might make for a snarky take for the alternative newspaper, it's factually incorrect."
Okay, first of all, my blog doesn't mischaracterize anything -- I do. But in this case, as snarky as I may want to be for my weird and subversive alternative newspaper, I didn't mischaracterize a thing. The Bee was doing precisely the kind of story I described. What is obviously true from Terhaar is that, at some point, the newspaper "decided on a completely different angle for the story."
The story idea was killed, possibly by the reporter himself (who did have this article on the subject today). There you go.
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And since I've been forced to concern myself with that darn newspaper again, I thought I'd steer you to the Bee's website. Anybody who complains about the Herald site should spend a few minutes there. Then, if they're still awake, they'll have an idea how dull and mind-numbing a newspaper's electronic home can really be.