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Date Posted: 06:33:10 08/20/16 Sat
Author: Granitehead
Subject: Re: A Couple Points
In reply to: Former PGer 's message, "Re: A Couple Points" on 22:05:50 08/19/16 Fri

This makes sense. Craig was smart with the best elements of the old school editor though he could be a handful. I've often fingered JR as the family's wanna-be newspaper mogul. I remember a story long ago about internal friction when the other Blocks [not JR] decided to close the DC Bureau. If the Blocks are all stockholders, and a majority get tired of covering PG losses, it will be high drama if en masse they tell JR, this is it. We want to sell it or close it. Like JR, Shribman's snobbish view of Pittsburgh and PG readers is fact. His lack of vision and compliant, no-argument nature are exactly what JR wants. A real editor would have walked out of there years ago.

They are so out of touch with the people they don't ever consider that a tipping point exists. There's a point fast approaching where Pittsburgh readers who still read, online or in print, will look at the PG and its diminished coverage and quality and say, "who needs it?" They offer all this brave talk of the future, and then the inexperienced, newly promoted Deputy ME tasked with creating that revolutionary, digital PG walks out after less than a year. When enough readers say screw it, whether JR likes it or not, that's it. If the Trib goes first, the PG won't be far behind.

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