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  •  I'm not sure if my area's daily paper, BND, (1+ / 0-)
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    will endorse either of them.

    I know that the McClatchy-owned Belleville News-Democrat endorsed Obama in the 2008 Democratic Primary and the General. But will BND endorse him again?

    •  Many papers in the McClatchy chain... (3+ / 0-)
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      ...have a complicated history.

      McClatchy bought Knight-Ridder in 2006. Before Ridder merged with Knight in 1973, the 15 Knight papers (like the flagship Akron Beacon Journal) were reliably Democratic-leaning and Ridder was mostly Republican-leaning. The News-Democrat was  independent until 1972 and then was bought by Capital Cities, Disney and, in 1997, by Knight-Ridder.

      Still one of the better medium-circulation papers in the country.

      Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

      by Meteor Blades on Sat Oct 27, 2012 at 03:09:42 PM PDT

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      •  yeah, the Miami Herald was a Knight / Ridder... (3+ / 0-)
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        ...paper.  It hasn't been the same paper since McClatchey bought it.  They share printing facilities with the Sun-Sentinel, and a lot of their stories are taken from the AP for both papers.  They don't do the investigative reporting like they used to - other than the ALF investigation a year or 2 ago (I think they got a Pulitzer for that).  

        Used to be the Miami Herald was a top tier, in depth newspaper - it could take a few hours to read the Sunday edition.  Now I can go through the whole thing in an hour - more than half of it is ads which get chucked right into the recycling bin.  For that reason, I've been thinking of changing over to digital - my print subscription is up for renewal and the want to charge more than double what they charged last year.  

        It used to be a paper worth saving for the grandkids - when historical events happened - I still have my Moon Landing paper, the Apollo 13 articles I cut out and put into a scrapbook - it's quite large, lots of diagrams and things, the Hurricane Andrew papers (20 years old now) delivered that evening, instead of in the morning, and often piled up on the corners because nobody could find the houses they were supposed to be delivered to - but they tried - they were instrumental in helping people find each other - very few people had cell phones - they published lists and lists of people missing, people looking for friends or family and gave them a way to get in touch - through the newspaper.  I have all of my September 11 coverage.  On the 10th anniversary of 9/11 I thought they would do some pretty in depth articles - nope - just a couple of front page things.  Even their bin Laden coverage was pretty thin.  My Time and Newsweek were worth keeping, but not the Herald.  Kind of sad...

        "Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential." - Barack Obama

        by Ricochet67 on Sat Oct 27, 2012 at 04:40:49 PM PDT

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        •  It was also one of the few papers with... (3+ / 0-)
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          ...in-depth coverage of Central America during the 1980s when Ronald Reagan was supporting monsters like Rios Montt in Guatemala and d'Aubuisson in El Salvador. I didn't agree with all their reporting, but they covered the situation every day and broke some good stories.

          Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

          by Meteor Blades on Sat Oct 27, 2012 at 04:45:28 PM PDT

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          •  I thought of that (0+ / 0-)

            when they reported romneys fiction about regan saying " he was not interested in FOREIGN POLICY " , when he got into office , ronny and the gop boyz were notoriously dysfunction commy / labor union haters , so s america was their own disturbing pet project , the youth of today are clueless about it all , especially the rw youth of course

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