Greeley Report received a letter from the Greeley Gazette the other day, and it prompted Sam to do something he rarely does. He picked up a rare copy of the Greeley Tribune, to contrast the two. The Lib Trib had a few of the local happenings, and newsfeed items from places like the Associated Press. Sam also knows that they feature liberal drivel about the arts and "faith" (if you could call it that) on weekends. But it was a pretty sad experience, and made Sam wonder why on earth advertisers would bother buying space in such a publication.
Then Sam logged in to the Gazette online. It was free. It had less of the local stuff, probably because people didn't call with the information. It didn't have all of the general news stories from AP. But it actually had some news that others would not cover. True, it made Sam miss the local sports scores and a few of the local features. However, Sam did not miss the liberal twist and constant barrage of the liberal social agenda featured in the other publication.
Does anyone remember what was in the Tribune prior to the Gazette? There was a great deal of misreporting and flat-out intentional distortion. People ranging from senators to school board members were hammered, misquoted and restated, just to support the Trib agenda. This out-of-state-run publication was the only game in town, and they edited letters to the editor and and did whatever they wanted.
Then came the Gazette. People mocked it, criticized the writing, the lack of local flavor, and the "spin" the stories had. But read it, they did. And many also noted what happened with the Lib Trib. It had to adjust. They had to quote things more accurately at times. They had to back off from their liberal bent occasionally. Why? They had competition. The Gazette gave people other stories, unreported news. They broke national news items at times, and didn't bother paying the AP their handsome fees, just to give someone garbage to read. It was new, and it made the city better.
Does Sam still like the little stories with local flavor? You bet! He hears them on local radio now. The local sports are an enjoyable part of life too, and he picks up the scores from the games themselves, or from friends that are connected. He remembers life before the Gazette, and he is glad to get his news and views from a variety of sources these days. Thanks Greeley Gazette. Sam doesn't always agree with your views, but he is glad you are here.