I’ve received some mild criticism of my criticism of the Tribune, so let me clarify: I don’t hate the Tribune. I don’t hate the people who work at the Tribune. I think they do a pretty good job covering our community. Could they do better? Probably. But they are people, not factory-produced news robots that are created solely to gather and report news. The several reporters that I’ve met and been interviewed by from the Trib have all been nice people, and they really do enjoy their work and take it seriously.
But regarding my entry below about the Trib’s posting of brief, canned candidate videos, compared to GeeGuy’s posting of entire chunks of our debate: darn it, the Trib DOES have more resources than me and GeeGuy. As I stated, the Trib has money, people, and technology at their disposal: they have dozens of people whose sole job is to gather and report news; they have money to spend solely on gathering and reporting news; and they have technology that is used to gather and report news. GeeGuy and I have…an internet connection, a cellphone, and a video camera. I’m not saying that what GeeGuy and I did is worthy of a Pulitzer, but seriously – if WE can do it, then surely the Trib can. Right?
Don’t get me wrong: I appreciate that the Trib did post some video and covered all three debates. But since the Trib is actually in the news business (“No other news media can deliver the local, communities news like we can.”), well…it just seems that they should be able to at least match the bloggers’ level of effort on something as important as municipal elections.
And I hope that my mild rant is taken as constructive criticism, not bashing. Seriously.