Friday, November 5, 2021

Not Necessarily the News

 Check out what the Clarion – Ledger considers to be news this week. If only there were local stories to cover such as carjacking kids during trick-or-treat, DUI mayhem and murder (allegedly), shootouts on Highland Colony, or multiple women murdered due to random gunfire.


What did we get? An actual story about the water meter system, Christmas lights, the election, climate change, gays coming out, Covid, and related stories. I'm pretty sure gays would appreciate better coverage of local news than pandering to them.

The rest was a smattering of ads, sports, and the "lifestyle" section. Let's see if Thursday was any better.


It's a little bit better. The front page has a elections, state prisons, and Mississippi's leadership challenging the vaccine mandates. Unfortunately the paper devolves in the coverage about national elections, Covid, January 6, and how daylight savings time is running our health. However, don't worry because there is no less than eight pages of sports coverage as well as Dear Abby and the comics. Ouch!


Friday isn't any better. The "state newspaper" served up stories about vaccines, university enrollment, a lawsuit over a mosque, more Covid stories, an actual story about Canton's seventh homicide this year, elections, and the usual lifestyle and sports stories, Marlon is probably proud of himself. Is the newspaper trying to put itself out of business? Forget liberal or conservative, this is just plain pitiful. See for yourself.


Anonymous said...

Most of their stories for the published newspaper are written several days before and posted on their site. They just plug in and click print when needed. Other stories are from the USA today.

Anonymous said...

LOL Well what would one expect ? The CL is not necessarily a newspaper .

Anonymous said...

Wow, big shocker, the paper sucks. No shit.

PittPanther said...

Who told you that a local newspaper is supposed to be a list of every crime that happens? You've been so brainwashed by local TV news strategies "if it bleeds it leads) that you think every paper is supposed to follow suit.

Are you upset that the national tv news doesn't rundown every crime across the country? You wish the Washington Post and NY Times simply reported on every crime across the USA?

Here's a hint. Reporting on every crime, every day, does not improve my life one iota. I understand this blog makes its money by being salacious, but that behavior is not necessary for those of us with livelihoods do not depend on ratings.

Anonymous said...

Old news and fluff pieces. But, it comes in handy for local sports TV listings, cage lining, and paint spills. The high school periodically has a fund raiser, selling subscriptions for the CL. I offer to buy an annual subscription, but want to write a check or pay cash -- not by bank draft. My offer gets rejected each time.

Anonymous said...

@PittPanther --- hey Pitt, off topic here, but would love to hear a standard liberal's response. Did you hear that Steele Dossier was proven to be bogus, and the Russian propogandist was arrested for lying to FBI? Remember the whole impeachment saga that was aired on CNN & MSNBC for weeks? Well, not a peep out of either yesterday. You see Pitt...people want honest reporting of what's going on...not just what they choose to report.'s becomes an echo chamber to allow you to hear your own thoughts over-and-over-and-over. Do you realize how much time/money was wasted during that sham impeachment?

Anonymous said...

Let's focus on the older gay couple coming out late in life article. They are in Chicago ! Lol, this rag is sho nuff pointless. Jacksonian gay folks should be outraged about this !

Anonymous said...

11:36 You are sooooo right. The local daily newspaper as a source of timely detailed news is almost gone. Certainly for shall markets. It's just not profitable enough to the conglomerates that own them. The Clarion Ledger is a classic example. Don't expect them to hire and pay qualified writers to staff a local news organization when the market does not pay. It's just a sign of the times. I once subscribed to Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, and the Clarion Ledger. Now I've got KF and YouTube.

Anonymous said...

C-L is owned by Gannett, which is the Pravda for the DNC.

Anonymous said...

The C-L could beg for money like the Barksdalers and Ladd.

Anonymous said...

The CL is a reflection of the decline of Jackson overall. It's afraid to report about the failures of the current administration. No better example of the cozy relationship between corrupt or uncaring administration & the CL is that former City Hall reporter Justin Vicory is now a spokesperson for the city.

Kingfish said...

Do you blame him? The furlough threshold was 37k at cl. He was not furloughed, not even close. No chance of advancement, wrong color in a woke corp, interfering out of stated editors that regularly spike stories..... And he was the local workhorse.

Working for Gannett means you get no reward for hard work or professional expertise.

Anonymous said...

Love the front page news - it actually showed something important. The incompetence of the Hinds County Election Commission, in full color!

The sign at Precinct 32 (Fire Station on Lakeland, according to the caption) declaring that the election Tuesday was a "DEMOCRAT PRIMARY"!

I'm sure that is how the five idiots on the basement floor of the Courthouse handled it, and considered it - but it was a Special Election, not a Democrat Primary. But this is nothing new, those folks who put the materials in the boxes for distribution to the precincts don't understand the difference. Or don't care. Either way its the same result - the most incompetent election management in the state.

Anonymous said...

My attitude towards the CL, as with many things, is out of sight, out of mind.

Anonymous said...

Gannett, the owner of USA TODAY, posted a second straight quarterly profit as the company's digital subscription strategy gained momentum.
The media company, which also owns more than 200 other daily publications as well as several hundred weeklies, reported net income of $15 million for the period ended Sept. 30.
The earnings report came after Gannett in the second quarter posted its first profit since the 2019 merger of New Media Investment Group and the company formerly known as Gannett.
In the third quarter of 2021, Gannett recorded total revenue of $800.2 million, down 1.8% from a year earlier. On a comparable basis – a figure representing continuing operations – revenue rose 0.9%.

Gannett's stock was down 5.7% to $5.94 at 10:13 a.m.

Gannett has been grappling with the industry-wide challenge of declining print revenue for years but has been recently increasing its paid digital subscriptions.

Imagine, If You Will... said...

The CL runs second only to 12's Maggie and Howard, two pre-octogenarians who decades ago outlived their usefulness.

I'm still debating whether these two are characters out of a wax museum or literal cardboard cutouts with little speakers under their collars.

The only news-team worse would be a combo of Jere Nash and Sid Salter after a sedative.

Anonymous said...

The three local TV "news" affiliates are just as bad.

Their opening stories have the weather folks excited about a "fender-bender" somewhere on I-55 instead of the weather. Then perhaps ninety seconds of "breaking news" about a heavy police presence on some Jackson street.

The next 25 minutes are about international shit and fluff pieces about everything from a two legged dog in Oregon to a trans-gender pet bird in Florida.

Gawd how I miss Bert Case and Woodie Assaf.

Anonymous said...

8:58 and 9:00 for the win.
I hope PittPanther is a troll. It must take a lot of effort to produce posts that asinine.

Anonymous said...

King - we don't have much left here in Jackson.

Donna has quit publishing a paper copy of her "magazine." She heavily whitewashes any web comments.

And why did you not print my observation that the C-L has stopped publishing the editorials, except for Wednesday and Sunday (the Sunday editorial have shrunk from 5 pages to 3). No web comments at the C-L.

We still have the Northside Sun and Madison Herald. Neither have a functioning website.

For breaking news and commentary, you are the only game in town.

Anonymous said...

11:56 - But I hope you understand your last sentence is the only reason your post made the cut. Wise up, Luther.

Anonymous said...

GCI missed estimates. Any (stupid ass) long term holder of the stock is a holding a big bag of loss.

MBrookes said...

The Clarion Ledger also has quit taking letters to the editor. We subscribe for TV sports schedule and the funnies. Even Ann Landers is giving lousy advice.

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