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Date Posted: 13:54:41 11/30/16 Wed
Author: Approaching Oblivion
Subject: Aupperlee whistles past the graveyard

http://triblive.com/local/allegheny/11475091-74/digital-bertetto-trib

That's a good boy, Aaron. Luis and Jenny no doubt have a gold star for your forehead. You can say, "what a good reporter am I."

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[> Re: Aupperlee whistles past the graveyard -- Really?, 15:38:18 11/30/16 Wed [1]

Seriously? If it was your story, how would you have written it?

It reads to me like one of the more honest assessments that's come from inside TTM about its situation.

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[> [> Re: Aupperlee whistles past the graveyard -- Charles Foster Kane, 23:04:47 11/30/16 Wed [1]

I agree that is is an honest, neutral assessment of the situation, including stats on the subsidized (or lack thereof)print product. And the point was made that TTM has other profitable divisions that should keep it alive now that the bleeding has been stopped with Trib print.

There were no BS quotes about how this is being done to better serve the readers. And it admitted that in other markets, readers fled to get their news elsewhere.

And it was a pretty final front page.

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[> [> Re: Aupperlee whistles past the graveyard -- C. No Evil, 17:35:04 12/02/16 Fri [1]

An honest evaluation? He's trying to sell that the Trib went down because of rough times in the newspaper business? Puh..leeeeze.

Isn't that just smoke and cover for the fact that the place never made dough, hard times or not, and was only alive as a plaything for the sugar daddy who kept pouring vast sums of dough into the rag, and now that he's gone, his kids want the dough back for themselves because he never shudda spent it. No sugar daddy, no pgh. trib.

Or if I'm wrong about this, please enlighten me. This columnist sounds like just another mouthpiece for denial and misrepresentation (it would be too rude to say he is lying).

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[> Re: Aupperlee whistles past the graveyard -- Would Steen, 01:51:22 12/01/16 Thu [1]

What isn't said here: the Greensburg Trib and VND were always monopoly papers and the Greensburg Trib was profitable long before the Grand Expansion of the 1990s.

What's not addressed: how many of these challenges to TTM came from the disappearance of the massive subsidies from Uncle Dick referred to in Jennie and David Scaife's court filings.

Don't blame Aaron. He gave it the self-serving spin Jen and Luis wanted, the same way Zito and others wrote what Dick wanted. The players have changed. The mediocrity remains in the Burgh, in Greensburg and Tarentum.

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[> Re: Aupperlee whistles past the graveyard -- Spin-o-rama, 20:45:34 12/02/16 Fri [1]

Aaron is one of the faces of the new, Bertetto-ized Trib: "Hey, we're here! We do good journalism because we say it's good. And subpar reporters have to work SOMEWHERE!"

They think if they spread this party line around enough, people here are dumb enough to believe them.

I hope he put his gold star from Jen and Luis in a scrapbook.

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