Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Is it just me?

Or does the O get paid by the Today show for publishing pictures on Page Two of Living of whatever concert or star they're promoting.

Hey Rod Patterson - that and "aisle walk" have got to go.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

While we're at it, Rod, let's lose "preggers," please.

Thursday, June 16, 2005 10:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you want to know what the O is really like on the inside? Read this piece on the Milwaukee Journal, search and replace local names and management positions and, voila, all will become clear.

Thursday, June 16, 2005 4:34:00 PM  
Blogger pdx_photoman said...

This blog could contribute a lot by providing a way to catalog stories the Oregonian considers unnewsworthy. Here are a few from this week to get it started:

-Tobacco attorneys says the Justice Department ordered them to cut the requested penalty from $120 million to $10 million, despite their warning that it would seem politically motivated.

-House appropriations committee votes to cut 46% from public broadcasting budget, including $23 million in funding for four children's programs.

-CPB President under investigation for using Federal funds to hire Republican lobbyists (including the author of the Terry Schiavo GOP strategy memo) in violation of the corporation's rules. Also hired a consultant whom no one has heard of and cannot reach to investigate backgrounds of Bill Moyers' guests.

-Administration officials have worked to weaken G-8 global warming plan.

Friday, June 17, 2005 8:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

pdx_photoman raises a good idea, but I'm not so much interested in undercovered national and international news stories (which are readily available elsewhere to people concerned with such issues)

I'd be more interested in local and regional stories that are being undercovered or not covered at all:

For example, the infighting developing among Indian tribes over casino gambling, specifically the Grand Rondes trying to keep the Warm Springs from opening a casino in Cascade Locks and the Cowlitz from opening one in La Center, both much nearer Portland than Spirit Mountain. And doing it while hiding behind one of those "Coalition of Oregon citizens" outfits (I can't recall the name specifically). There's potentially hundreds of millions of dollars at stake. Of course, such a story likely wouldn't show the tribes in a "positive" light and would be too politically incorrect for The Oregonian.

Secondly, if the Portland Development Commission has become such a corrupt outfit, as implied by coverage so far, and Mayor Potter is so intent on cleaning it up, how did it get this way and on whose mayoral watch? Whoops, that would be Vera Katz, who the O has practically deified. So, no go there, either.

Lastly, and this is going back a few years, would Oregon's ongoing fiscal crisis be as acute today -- and would Measure 5 have even been on the ballot in 1990 -- if the Legislature in the 1980s (there's Katz and Kitzhaber again) had passed meaningful property tax reform instead of concentrating on winning elections? (i.e. defeating Measure 5's many and varied antecedents that were on numerous ballots from 1978-80). Democrats had significant majorities in most, if not all, of those Legislatures and there was a Democratic governor from 1986-90. Instead, in my view, their inaction made Measure 5 inevitable and most of the folks from back then (Kitz, Katz, Barbara Roberts, Mike Burton, Phil Keisling, Bill Bradbury, Hardy Myers, etc.) are still around, many still in leadership positions.

On the other hand, what's being overcovered? How about this Patel saga, the quack who Australia is apparently trying to prosecute.

And Francke.

Friday, June 17, 2005 9:56:00 AM  
Blogger pdx_photoman said...

Good points all.

Friday, June 17, 2005 11:30:00 AM  
Anonymous I have no opinions said...

Let's see. I happen to have The O from June 10 here, ready to recycle, and it includes the first story pdx_photoman mentions, the tobacco penalty.

And as for the first lapse on 9:56's list, it wasn't that long ago that The O's folks were unwelcome at the Warm Springs Reservation because of their pursuit of the child mortality story.

The Patel story, meanwhile, illustrates how Oregon law as it now stands can lead (perhaps has led) to death with no option for redress. Any change that might come is going to require an awful lot of discussion, and a sensational story is a tried-and-true way to stimulate that.

Saturday, June 18, 2005 7:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That Patel story that's so meaningless? Front page of the Sunday June 19 NY Times....

Sunday, June 19, 2005 11:10:00 AM  
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