Monday, August 20, 2018

"We are Committed to Serving Your Needs"

Change is again coming to the Clarion-Leger.  Reporter Anna Wolfe left the employ of the state newspaper.  Her by-line will pop up over at Mississippi Today in a few weeks.  Sports reporter Hugh Kellenberger is leaving as well.  Meanwhile, another price increase is in store for some readers.  The Kingfish got this notice in the mail today.



I was paying $14 per month for a digital subscription and Sunday delivery.  The content and quality is obviously going down.  Hell, I haven't seen a Best Buy circular in the Sunday paper for several weeks.  The Perspective section has turned away from local coverage and columnists to Gannett force-feeding.  But don't worry, the letter says they are "committed." 

42 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yesterday’s news...tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

They are committed...to being the enemy of the public.

Anonymous said...

The first sentence of their notice made me laugh out loud.

Anonymous said...

What's a Clarion-Ledger?
- The Under 50 Crowd

Anonymous said...

I pay for digital and Thurrsday/Sunday delivery. The content is old news or articles on Louisiana and Alabama
news. Sports has been a joke since Rick Cleveland left. Perspective has warmed over views from the 1960's. So sad!

Anonymous said...

The last nail in their coffin was when Kroger and Wal-Mart put coupons online.

Anonymous said...


If they delivered it for free, I'd have 'em arrested for littering.

However, it is useful for puppy training.

Anonymous said...

So what's the alternative for legal publications?
What's also sad is local TV news. There's nothing worth reporting in MS so they drag up crap from the rest of the country. Congratulations Republicans! You've squandered our super majority and done nothing good with total control.

Anonymous said...

If it wasn't for the comics and what little coupons are left, I would quit the Th-Sun. Sub. I have.

Anonymous said...

The fact someone who writes as poorly as Kellenberger was elevated to his role tells you all you need to know about the Failing Clarion Ledger. Sad!

Anonymous said...

Stopped reading it years ago. Quality declined.

Anonymous said...

You definately are paying for yesterday's "news" to be read tomorrow.

The other content is syndicated stuff from the AP, etc. The viewpoint of local stories is dictated by some corporate offices located in another state. Objective reporting is difficult to find. Most stories have a touch of editorializing vs. "just reporting the news."

The days of the "hometown" newspapers are history.

Anonymous said...

Don't worry, we are committed to letting hacks like Pender continue to write about fake news. Just stay tuned. Philip Gunn has an ownership in the building that DOR is renting. That is the next headline from Pender....

PAPER SUCKS, Period!

Anonymous said...

The chief benefit of the CL is the local High School coverage when parents want to see their kid's name in the newspaper.

Anonymous said...

The High School Football coverage is down right embarrassing. No preseason issue or Saturday morning post game scores or write ups. Pathetic. Period

Anonymous said...

"We are Committed to Serving Your Needs"

...why start now?

Anonymous said...

And in other news, Lamar Adams is still free as his sentencing has been delayed.

But let's talk about the paper.

Anonymous said...

Northside Sun prints legal ads.

Anonymous said...

CL has a leaky paywall: If you use Google Chrome, right click on a story and then select "Open Link in Incognito Window". You can read it all for free - which is still too much for what you're getting...

Anonymous said...

I live in Clinton and support our local paper the Clinton Courier. Clinton news- no political commentary. I stopped subscribing to the CL when they dropped the Clinton news. The TV media here do a far better job of covering Jackson and MS news anyway. C-L used to be good..

Anonymous said...

"If they delivered it for free, I'd have 'em arrested for littering.
August 20, 2018 at 1:53 PM

Some sort of paper landed in my driveway, on Sunday. I have no idea what kind it was, since I kicked it out into the street, where it's slowly being ground-up by passing cars. I notice that the neighbors are doing similar things, or simply leaving them in the drive, backing over them.

We enjoyed a blissful few years of not having to deal with unwanted newspapers. Whatever this new one is, it is NOT welcome.

Anonymous said...

"You've squandered our super majority and done nothing good with total control." They didn't squander anything, they did exactly what they wanted to do which is nothing in order to keep Mississippi at the bottom, and a select few at the top....just like in 1865!

Anonymous said...

I keep seeing articles taken from other newspapers in the state in the Clarion Liar. No, these aren't AP articles but articles written by local writers. That right there tells you they are in trouble. Too bad we don't have out houses anymore. They are totally ridiculous when it comes to high school sports, scores and standings in their digital version.

Anonymous said...

So you and your neighbors are kicking paper litter into the street in front of your houses and leaving it there? Oh, my bad, you must live in Jackson where y'all love your litter and dumpy neighborhoods is a valued way of life.

Anonymous said...

Just refuse to pay the increase. They'll cave.

Anonymous said...

I just got my letter. They want $60.01 a month plus tax. They have lost their minds. Canceling tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

Anna Wolfe is a great writer. Mississippi Today will soon have most of the best talent in the state and they are FREE.
I cannot imagine paying $23 a month for digital of CL.

Anonymous said...

Liberal rag. On its last leg.

Anonymous said...

The loss of Huge Killaburger is addition by subtraction. Were there an award for failure in sports journalism, it would be named for him.

Anonymous said...

There seem to be a few people who think it is the duty of the majority party in the state house to publish a daily newspaper for them. That is a novel concept, to say the least.

Anonymous said...

https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/business/trumps-trade-war-threatens-the-us-newspaper-industry/2018/06/22/1f7d614a-75a3-11e8-9780-b1dd6a09b549_story.html

Anonymous said...

RIP C-L.
Times Pic too (am originally from NOLA)
Close the zoo.
Close JPS.
Hire and train more cops.
Fix the streets.
Fix the water system.

Anonymous said...

Did Wolfe leave to MT for more money or was she encouraged to move along because more cuts are coming?

Anonymous said...

154 what the hell do you think the Republican super majprity should do about the Clarion Ledger? Make it lower its,subscription rates? Increase its news reporting? Use bigger type and smaller words so people of your low intellect can read and understand it?

Since you don't seem to understand very basic democracy and capitalism, the government - republican majority or not - does not control private businwsses, even the so called media.

But, thanks for your insightful commentary. Needed a good laugh this morning with my coffee.

Anonymous said...

When the state's newspaper(and Flounder)refuse to report on the NCAA investigation at Ole Miss, you know you have issues. Good Riddance to that guy. Per the twitter, he is onto something big. Hopefully it's in another state.

Anonymous said...

@5;29 - I think he is suggesting that Republican leadership is keeping the state at the bottom of the pile therefore there is so little "news" for the Clarion Ledger to cover. Maybe...if the DEMOCRAT leadership of Jackson metro area could just take over the rest of the state, there'd be PLENTY of stories to keep the Clairon Ledger going for the next few decades. Instead of reporting about Chicago's out-of-control murder rate, they'd have plenty of local murders to report. In fact....the Clarion Ledger could fill SEVERAL pages right now today by simply reporting ALL the violent crimes that occur almost daily in Jackson/Hinds. And by "reporting" I mean - get some FACTS and the write coherent sentences that will accurately describe the chain of events leading to (or from) the commission of the crime instead of these their current sentence stories that read "something happened..but we don't actually know who, what, why or where....more the come".

Anonymous said...

Did she write the flawed "access road" or "UMMC discount" articles?
I wouldn't draw a correlation as both the C-L and USAT are Gannett. Just curious.

Anonymous said...

5:29. They ran lots of stories on the investigation. Did you want stories everyday whether there was any new news about it or not? They could have run more though about MSU paying Lewis $10,000.

Anonymous said...

5:29. They ran lots of stories on the investigation. Did you want stories everyday whether there was any new news about it or not? They could have run more though about MSU paying Lewis $10,000.

Anonymous said...

1:35. Cleveland predicted Croom was the next coming of Bear Bryant. He promoted and propped up Croom for 5 years. Cleveland had no clue about SEC sports. He is good at sports history though.

Anonymous said...

I am not sure I want to be a member of this family. Family members are disappearing with great frequency. In 2000 the total number of family members was around 700+ and since that time the numbers are down to around 100 or less, so I am told. The problem seems to be the better you are at your job the more likely you are to lose it. Just ask.....any former well liked, well read writer. This does not count the support staff. The contract carriers that carried the paper all over the state in the early morning hours are down to almost nothing because it is no longer a statewide paper.

I will stay with the JJ Family, thank you.

Anonymous said...

But JJ doesn't carry obituaries. Had it not been for snooping the Clarion online obits I would not have learned that Judge Lackey died a week or so back. Seems he had enough history and prominence to have at least scored an honorable mention on the blog. His name rose to prominence in the incarceration of the Tort King and he was scheduled to hear the Madison County Supervisor Seat lawsuit had he not recused.

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