Green jacket blues

One size fits some.

This morning’s Oklahoman contains a 48-page supplement about the Masters golf tournament, imported in full from owner GateHouse Media’s Augusta paper. Even the ads are the same, in case I have this urge to drive to Georgia to get my Infiniti serviced.

And perhaps this is better than the perfunctory two-page spread the Oklahoman sports department would have slapped together in years past. But now I want to know why we didn’t get anything last month from the Austin American-Statesman about SXSW.

7 comments »

  1. fillyjonk »

    7 April 2019 · 3:18 pm

    This is like the semi-local-to-me channels having news stories originating in places like New Hampshire, or Utah, or something. And not big news or particularly cool human-interest – just the kind of news that, were it local, you’d go “Hm, okay” but since it isn’t, you’re wondering why they’re filling the time with THAT.

    I don’t even bother to get our local paper (dubbed “Daily Disappointment, Jr.” modeling after the Oklahoman) because I know there’ll be nothing much in there

  2. CGHill »

    7 April 2019 · 4:39 pm

    Most of the time, I assume they’re just trying to fill space.

  3. fillyjonk »

    7 April 2019 · 5:29 pm

    I suppose the semi-local stations are trying to fill time, but….there’s enough crap going on in the general area to fill a halfhour news cast, and sometimes things I WANT to know (like: “has that escaped convict been caught yet”) seem to get lost in the shuffle.

    I remember a year or so ago a story about how “horrifying” it was that people were finding rattlesnakes in their yards….several minutes into the piece it was mentioned it was in like Austin or somewhere where there was a periodic-cicada outbreak, and that was what was drawing the snakes. The burying the lede (of location) was annoying enough I remember the story

  4. McGehee »

    7 April 2019 · 5:57 pm

    If they have to cover local stories they’ll have to hire people on their own dime to cover them.

    That’s just crazy talk.

  5. jimmy »

    7 April 2019 · 9:43 pm

    I seem to remember the Jokelahoman…it was out here in western OK for a while then? It just stopped showing up in the stores. Can’t remember the last one I read…

  6. hollyh »

    8 April 2019 · 10:09 am

    “Daily Disappointment” is right. The Oklahoman is editorially still living in the 50’s. Just before the gubernatorial election, for example: on the front page was a photo-shopped set of candidate shots. The picture of Drew Edmondson (Democrat), showed him looking cowed by a HUGE photo of Hillary Clinton looking over his shoulder. The Republican candidate (and winner, ultimately), Kevin Stitt, was shown looking strong and independent, with a small photo of Mary Fallin, looking cowed by HIM. Jeeze, you couldn’t get more obviously-slanted.

    And yet, as annoyed as I felt, I still didn’t cancel my subscription. As a journalism major, I cannot bring myself to punish all those print journalists, hanging on by their fingernails, until they all get sold out to the big conglomerate. When that happens, I will finally cancel.

  7. CGHill »

    9 April 2019 · 8:35 am

    GateHouse owns 144 dailies. Is that big enough a conglomerate for you?

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