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Date Posted: 04:22:33 12/21/16 Wed
Author: Lucy N Ethel
Subject: Speaking of Decline Check out the Incline

Thank heavens we have The Incline to tell us all about Sarris Candies in Cannonsburg (which is how its esteemed "editor" repeatedly misspells the name of the borough). Did you know Sarris is popular at Christmas? If you have spent more than 10 minutes in the Greater Pittsburgh area you do.

http://theincline.com/2016/12/20/watch-how-sarris-candies-makes-thousands-of-chocolate-covered-pretzels/

When will Brady and Gannett realize they need to add some substance to this "news" site if they ever want to generate any revenue or any credibility? The current crew of younglings isn't quite cutting it. There is really nothing in The Incline you can't find elsewhwre (and with better spelling) in Pittsburgh.

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[> Re: Speaking of Decline Check out the Incline -- Fred N Ricky, 15:02:43 12/21/16 Wed [1]

Lexi was a lightweight at the PG so this is no surprise at all. The Incline team figure everyone is dumb but them. Next they'll tell us how popular Primanti sandwiches are around the region.

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[> [> Re: Speaking of Decline Check out the Incline -- Jeff Goldbloomingmill, 22:40:37 12/21/16 Wed [1]

"I'm interviewing a 14-year-old blind baton twirler."

"Where do you get those stories?"

"It's just good investigative journalism."

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[> [> [> Re: Speaking of Decline Check out the Incline -- Modern Timez, 04:30:56 12/22/16 Thu [1]

Yes, and I doubt any of the silly tykes involved with this nonsense realize what harm they're doing to the resumes they'll need when they finally decide to grow up. If they ever do.

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[> Re: Speaking of Decline Check out the Incline -- Bon Bon, 18:48:02 12/21/16 Wed [1]

This is called Brady and Gannett throwing whatever they think might work into the water to see if it floats. This obviously sunk like a stone. And so will just about anything else they do until they realize they're not just insulting the intelligence of the general readership they want, but disrespecting the very demographic they want to reach. Not all milennials are this clueless, even if Lexi and her smug colleagues think otherwise.

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[> Re: Speaking of Decline Check out the Incline -- Wait, what?, 22:57:40 12/22/16 Thu [1]

Did we read the same article? The lead was "You canít talk about holiday sweets in Pittsburgh without craving Sarris Candies ó probably chocolate covered pretzels to be precise." Then it gave light background on the logistics behind how Sarris navigates the holiday season and included a video with a peek behind the scenes.

Completely harmless. Informative even! You mean to tell me you knew 300 people make candy during this time of year? I had no idea the operation was that big.

But reading this thread, you'd think they planted an Incline flag outside and claimed the store for Spain. If you found this smug then I question why you didn't quit the Internet like 15 years ago.

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[> [> Re: Speaking of Decline Check out the Incline -- Mars Bar, 02:16:10 12/23/16 Fri [1]

It was superficial and trite. Yes, the knowledge 300 people made candy during this time of year is interesting. The subject can't be given the kind of in-depth exploration it deserves in this blurb, which reads like advertising copy. Of course, it's important to bear in mind that "in-depth" to the devotees of the Incline and similar sites is anything that runs more than a couple grafs. That "extended" length tends to challenge the attention spans of both the writers and readers of this unique form of junk journalism.

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[> [> Re: Speaking of Decline Check out the Incline -- Captain Obvious, 06:23:22 12/23/16 Fri [1]

For my taste, it's not that another story about Sarris is so offensive--Pittsburgh's a small city, there's only so much going on--but that, across the board, The Incline seems to be reveling in the obvious. It feels very low budget, fairly trite and sometimes lazy. That all said, any publication deserves a honeymoon period, say a year, to see if they really manage to pull together something fresh and useful.

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[> Re: Speaking of Decline Check out the Incline -- Ralphie's Red Ryder, 12:38:56 12/23/16 Fri [1]

That video doesn't look at all like coverage. From the corny and obvious music to the well-duh captioning, it looks like a mock commercial assembled by a high school AV club. Poor Lexi. She must not have learned much from the video team at the PG or she didn't care. Of course that's reflected in the Incline as a whole.

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