Tuesday, July 05, 2005

The Morning News is Singing the Blues

By Mark Moore (click "comments" below for article).


Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

It is no secret that the Arkansas Democrat Gazette is in a Newspaper War with the Morning News in Northwest Arkansas. For years the Morning News had claimed that it has the largest circulation in its' area.

This week the Democrat-Gazette has printed a new set of data which indicates that it has now overtaken the Morning News in the latter's home region.

The same survey claimed that a majority felt the Democrat-Gazette was the "most trusted" and had the "best writers" of the two papers.

I once had a subscription to the Morning News. I cancelled my subscription due to their left-leaning reporting and editorializing. I had to threaten to call the police on them for littering to get them to stop throwing the paper in my yard.

Recently, a telemarketer called me AGAIN wanting to know if I would subscribe to the Morning News. I told him the paper was far, far too liberal for me. He said, "Dang. Nobody likes our paper".

So what about it NWA readers? Which paper is best and why? Who are the best writers? Who are the worst?

1:37 PM, July 05, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not like the Dem-Gaz is much better. When is some enterprising conservative newspaper man going to figure out that NWA is ripe for the picking. A newspaper with a conservative editorial board would be hugely popular and make someone rich.

If the marginally less liberal Dem-Gaz is gaining market share, just think how a newpaper would do if it had a balanced to conservative editorial policy.

1:52 PM, July 05, 2005  
Blogger terrymcdermott said...

Both papers are very liberal in my eyes. Personally I wished true Conservative would come together and produce a newsletter.

3:21 PM, July 05, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So far the blogs are our "conservative newspaper".

3:39 PM, July 05, 2005  
Anonymous Lee said...

We just need to increase the readership of "our newspapers." I wish every person would email these blog addresses to all their friends, explaining that this is the only conservative news outlet and ask them to forward the email to their friends. I am going to do it right now.

3:48 PM, July 05, 2005  
Anonymous mj said...

I like the fish wrap pic! Kind of sums the whole situation up.

5:47 PM, July 05, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a business decision, allowing liberals to run wild at the Morning News is close to insane. Their headline writer apparently works for Saddam, as he never misses and opportunity to exaggerate the problems in Iraq. Even their "conservative" writers like Doug Thompson are drifting leftward by the day.

But set all that aside, how dumb is it to take a Howard Dean political line in a community that thinks G. W. Bush hung the moon. The MN is a path to self-destruction and the employees taking it there must be figuring they'll hit retirement before the whole thing crashes and burns.

11:15 PM, July 05, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doug Thompson - Conservtive, are you kidding me. I like Doug, but he would label himself liberal.

7:12 AM, July 06, 2005  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

At least Thompson makes an effort to be ojective in his writing. Brummet gets really nasty. He is a talented writer, and as far as I can tell he does not outright lie, but he uses his talents to hurt people. Not hurt them for public corruption, but for having different ideas. That is a waste.

I don't think the Morning News has anyone that has reached Greenburg's level, as far as turning a phrase goes. Still Greenburg has reached that point in life where he has quit constructing new contexts for events. Instead, every new event gets pigeon-holed into an old event that he has experienced, whether it really fits or not. For example, on SB206 he just could not get it out of his head that this was not 1964 and the civil rights movement all over again.

Caudle is about the worst of them, IMHO. He seems stuck too, but in about the eighth grade. He may be handicapped by being the "house token conservative".

Laura Kellums runs hot and cold. Seth Blomley has proven to be unreliable, IMHO.

I have seen enough good and bad work out of the Morning News people to think that the problem is closer to the top than the field reporters. I think Rusty Turner must take responsibility for the erosion of the position of that paper. I also suspect he is behind some of the more off base house editorial columns.

7:50 PM, July 06, 2005  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

According to the Urban and Associates poll of 800 adults printed in the Demo-zette, the numbers look like this....

Daily Readers :

Morning News = 80,900
Demozette+ = 104,500

Sunday Readers :

Morning News = 92,600
Demozette+ = 114,600

The "+" includes the Benton County Daily Record and the NWA Times, which are a part of the same media group as the Demo-zette.

When looked at on the basis of length of residence in area, the Demozette dominated among those new to the area, 25,800 to 15,200. Only among those who had been in the area over 20 years did the Morning News have a readership edge, 43,700 to 41,400.

When rated in about a dozen special categories, the Demo-zette claimed victory in every one. In overall quality, it was 132,000 to 84,00 in favor of the Demo-zette.

I am all for local papers. The NWA Times is more liberal than the Morning News in my book. I hope the Morning News makes it. I don't want one media paper outlet to dominate the state like the Demo-zette would without the Morning News.

8:06 PM, July 06, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hate the Morning News, particularly Scott Shackleford. He's an ass and an emabarrassment to conservatives like me.

10:05 PM, July 06, 2005  
Anonymous Mark Moore said...

long ago I noticed that liberal debate shows like "Crossfire" pitted one conservative against three liberals, or had a liberal with an IQ of 120 against a conservative with an IQ of 95.

Are their "conservative" reporters really the best conservative writers they can find? Or do they just hire someone annoying as the house conservative because in their liberal minds that is what conservatives are?

8:45 PM, July 07, 2005  
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