It’s a facelift for the Oklahoman, and editor Kelly Dyer Fry makes the pitch:
I hope you have noticed a difference in our style over the last several weeks. We know you are inundated with news throughout your day, so we are working hard to bring you new perspectives each morning. We want to focus on what matters to you, your family, your job and your community.
We are focusing on stories that have an impact. We want to bring you articles that help you understand, help you make sense of the world around you, and help bring you closer to the scene.
And by “you” I presume they don’t mean me, since I make a point of not being inundated by news, or even by “news.”
Which is why I was a fan of afternoon papers for so long: it’s much easier for me to give my attention to the product while sleepwalking my way through dinner. But that’s not going to happen ever again: news providers reason, probably correctly, that what with constant online updates, afternoon papers are deader than pocket squares.
And this bothers me:
We want to bring you stories with heart, stories with soul.
Screw that. I want to see some stories with brains. At least they’re occasionally importing some good stuff from the Tulsa World.