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Date Posted: 23:36:37 11/28/16 Mon
Author: Bad Papers, Bad Papers, What You Gonna Do?
Subject: Re: Thanks, Mark Madden
In reply to: Survival O.T. Fittest 's message, "Re: Thanks, Mark Madden" on 14:53:44 11/28/16 Mon

Madden was no ball of fire in his PG days, I don't think.

Your points are exactly correct. Scaife bought the Greensburg Trib as a plaything and vehicle to print both opinion and hard news flavored with his political slants and as his megalomania grew, it was turbocharged after Bill Block bought the Pittsburgh Press, which Dick wanted, from Scripps-Howard and folded it into the P-G. An enraged and petulant Scaife vowed to put the P-G out of business. He spent a fortune and still didn't succeed.

Journalism awards mattered to Dick; high journalistic standards never did. He made "stars" out of mediocrities in the newsroom while talented reporters and editors not on his honor roll were often mistreated and marginalized by the awful upper level newsroom mis-managers. Sure, there was Prine and Conte, but staff with skills on that level were few and far between. The good reporters bounced at the first opportunity.

Some remaining Dick loyalists don't like hearing these things. It's hard to accept working for someone who, for all his talk about the First Amendment, cared more about vendettas than legitimate reporting. That's why so few ever took Trib Total Media seriously. It was a parallel universe where the paper itself was successful and fast-growing thanks to creative math and those giveaway prices you mention. In that universe, the P-G was always at death's door. When Dick himself passed through that door, the truth came out.

Now the "Bertetto Posse" is trying to reposition what remains. And it won't work. The P-G really shouldn't puff out their chest too much. They may have gotten a reprieve and feel satisfied being the last daily standing, but like the Trib, they shed so much of their own talent to buyouts and departures they can't afford to gloat too much. Today's P-G is a shadow of itself and barely worth buying. Look at a couple stories online and the paywall slams down. Will that continue with the Pittsburgh Trib being offered online for free?

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[> [> [> Re: Thanks, Mark Madden -- Two Plus Two Equals Three, 00:17:11 11/29/16 Tue [1]

Somehow i don't expect the PG to register any significant gain. And maybe so just because of the nature of the modern print market.

After all, follwing the demise of the larger Press, the sum of papers sold by the PG and Trib was pretty much fewer than the Press itself sold.

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