Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Barely Breathing

I know... too much time is going on between posts.

Very busy with life and work (who cares?), and am trying to find another way to do this that suits me and haven't like the results in tests. So I'm posting in fits and starts. Sorry to those of you (like me) who miss the more robust times.

A couple of things - Do the Trib bosses really like Stanford re-living Portland's past two out of every three columns these days? I said I liked his book about those times, but come on - there must be something for him to bitch about these days. I know, I'll throw him a bone - what do you think about Potter's plan for downtown?

A quick glance at some overnights may be proving me and others wrong. KGW's news on WB isn't making much of a gain from its old home on PAX. I thought WB's leads would help. Time will tell.

And sweeps are around the corner (two weeks from tomorrow). Wanna guess how many special reports will focus on meth?

I also got an email about that newspaper that was going to offer a new voice. Well, it's called the NW Meridian and its publisher says it'll be more conservative in a libertarian sense. Wonder how much money is behind it and if it will survive. It starts October 19th - a week from today and publishes every other Wednesday.

33 Comments:

Anonymous Simp said...

Gadfly Judy had more than one source. So sez CNN

For those of you following the story, this seems to imply that she either lied to Fitzgerald or that she lied in her press conference.

Of course, all speculation, but I stick by my earlier assesment that she is knee deep in the mess, hiding behind her "protecting her source". My guess is that she cut a deal under the threat of being indicted.

Any of you here still want to prop her up on that golden perch of "journalistic integrity"?

Wednesday, October 12, 2005 10:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A paper with a true libertarian view would certainly be a big change from what is available daily and weekly now. The "Daily Worker" is conservative compared to the "O" and "WW".
It will be interesting to see how it is received.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005 10:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

completely crazy people post on this site!

question: what about the KGW-Oregonian "marriage." KGW was first to the meth-using State Rep sex triangle story last night because of it. Any newsroom reax?

Wednesday, October 12, 2005 3:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, I live in pdx too. I read your blog. Don't give up.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005 7:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nowhere on the grammatically challenged NW Meridian site do the publishers identify themselves. This is never a good sign.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005 8:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wednesday, huh? I'm used to picking up a different, well-established weekly newspaper on Wednesdays... what's going to make me want to pick up another one?

AFAIK, here's what newspaper release days look like around here:
7 days a week - Oregonian
Tuesday/Friday - Tribune
Wednesday - Willamette Week
Thursday - Mercury (which, I admit, I don't read, seems like a ghetto rehash of whatever was in WW the previous day.)

So, why no Portland weekly newspapers on Monday? This is the Oregonian's thinnest newspaper of the week, with (IMO) nonexistant features and no real reason for anyone to read it unless you're a news junkie or don't watch TV news or whatever.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005 9:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yea... the O feeds the lawmaker meth story to KGW .. forbids them from making a single call... KGW "breaks" it at 10 on WB with every other sentence attributed to the O. This is solid journalism, eh?

KPTV at 10:20 has "breaking news" with the same story without any attribution. This is even more solid.

God forbid any broadcasters do their own reporting.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005 9:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Willamette Week is a newspaper? I thought it was an arts and entertainment guide occassionally interrupted by a piece of great journalism (a rare occasion, but they get credit)

Wednesday, October 12, 2005 9:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

KPTV cited Salem police as their attribution. They saw it on KGW, called Salem police, they confirm.. KPTV airs at 10:45.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005 11:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was very surprised when it seemed KGW was all of a sudden doing a commercial (within the newscast) for the O.

Thursday, October 13, 2005 9:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any station would jump at the chance to join forces with the Oregonian. It is the 800 lb gorilla in the state.

Thursday, October 13, 2005 11:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree. But it seems to me the two (KGW&O) are getting too cosy. First Zaffino's forecast, now open on air promotion.

Maybe I'm too old school, beat the O for stories and stand alone.

Thursday, October 13, 2005 11:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beat the O for stories and stand alone... Like Nigel getting a pulitzer?

Because in my news room its cop news releases and the Oregonian for the stories of the day.

Thursday, October 13, 2005 12:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Phil Stanford isn't the only recycler at the Tribune. The paper has been a steady stream of rewrites of earlier stories since the last round of firings. Looks like nobody checks, before reporting a story, to see if it's appeared there already.
For example, Jim Redden's profile of Al Fleenor, the guy who owns Stanford's, Henry's, etc. A loooong piece on the him ran in the Trib about three years ago. Likewise Dr. Brian Druker, subject of a cover story in the last couple of weeks, has been covered extensively both in the Tribune and elsewhere. And it didn't sound like there was anything new to report. I could go on for a long time but you get the idea.

Thursday, October 13, 2005 4:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The knobjob "profile" of the Widmer brothers in the Oct. 11 Trib is freakin' pathetic. It is absolutely pointless. No news peg. No news, period. The Trib should be ashamed of printing such crap. Hey, Trib, get off your flabby ass and go do some digging. The O, WW, and even the Pamplin weeklies do it.

Thursday, October 13, 2005 9:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh yeah. Stanford. You're a lazy puke. Youwork for a newspaper, not a history review. You are for sure the laziest f*** in Oregon journalism.

Dude, I'd suggest you retire but we all know you did that about 15 years ago. Unfortunately, Dr. Bob is a chump and keeps signing your checks.

Thursday, October 13, 2005 9:24:00 PM  
Anonymous bill mcdonald said...

Phil Stanford wrote a movie that had Angelina Jolie in it. Can you top that?

Thursday, October 13, 2005 11:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you seen the movie? It gives excrement a bad name.

Friday, October 14, 2005 9:11:00 AM  
Anonymous bill mcdonald said...

No, but I’ve seen Angelina Jolie. Seriously, if you get a script sold, much less made into a movie, you have pulled off something that is very hard to do. Getting a book published that people are actually buying, is another great accomplishment. If you are a newspaper columnist who’s done it for decades, you have also beaten some long odds. There are millions of writers trying to do each of these things. Phil Stanford’s done all three. Dude, where’s the respect?

Friday, October 14, 2005 10:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Phil Stanford sold a screenplay, big deal, so did the people who wrote, Dude, Where's my Car and other crap out there! Maybe if he wasn't a one story pony, he might get a little respect. And hey, back when this film was made, nobody knew who Anjelina was. Would she make this movie now??? Let's just stop living in the past and maybe work on things that mean something in the here and now. Lot's of subjects out there!!!

Friday, October 14, 2005 11:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Splicer said...

Cripes, what's wrong with weaving in some interesting history now and then? Stanford's the only reason I even pick up the Trib. If you don't like his work, don't read it!

Friday, October 14, 2005 1:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, to be quite honest, I don't read him or the Trib any longer because, I can only take so many history lessons a week in a paper that I thought was supposed to be about current happenings in Portland. If it was now and then, it wouldn't be an issue. But, no matter what section you read in the Trib, it's a history lesson of things that happened long ago. What about doing some stories on how community involvement is creating better schools (take a look at Beach). Delve into stories that are happening or could make a difference now and help our community to thrive. What's wrong with that?

Friday, October 14, 2005 4:38:00 PM  
Anonymous splicer said...

Nothing wrong with that. The paper should be about current happenings, overall. Stanford is a columnist, however, and should have free rein. From the beginning, though, the Portland Tribune has been a disappointment for me. I had hoped it would be a conservative-leaning alternative to the rather liberal The Oregonian. It is not.

Friday, October 14, 2005 5:25:00 PM  
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