An institution in peril

An institution in peril

There are 11 comments on the Bennington Banner story from Apr 10, 2009, titled An institution in peril. In it, Bennington Banner reports that:

"They must find a waytonegotiate some way to continue. The New England point of view, a seriouslyintellectual point of view, is something I can't imagine going away." - James Taylor, singer-songwriter, a supporter of unions and a Boston Globe subscriber, on the pending demise of that great newspaper.

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Elmer Fudd

Newmarket, NH

#1 Apr 10, 2009
The newspapers that folded or are in danger of folding, all share one common trait with the Bennington Banner. An arrogant and acidic radical left wing editorial stance.

Yet these organizations that pride themselves on being "investigative journalists", don't have a clue as to their own bias. Is it any wonder these are the papers going out of business?
Elmer Fudd

Newmarket, NH

#2 Apr 10, 2009
Left wing radical editorial stances on most of the papers that have closed or are in danger of closing.

Yet no cause/effect seen by their crack investigative staff. Why exactly are we supposed to continue to buy it?
Elmer Fudd

Newmarket, NH

#3 Apr 10, 2009
One reason the Banner is among those papers in danger:

Small town daily or not, the radical (not just liberal) editorial slant will be what kills the paper. Bennington is a very liberal town, but it is more libertarian than liberal.

The editorials reflect the view of the (very) vocal minority that seem to have a full time job of ranting about their radical views. The majority of people in the area (your potential market by the way) have much more moderate views.

I stopped getting the daily edition of your paper, because it just seemed wrong to pay money to be told I was wrong in every opinion I had.

The businesses that pay for ads and employ the people that would buy your paper do not want to hear that they should be taxed more and that they are ignorant hateful people because they don't tow the line of the radical agenda. That's how the editorials come across.

Good luck in keeping the paper going. It is needed, but not if it is just going to tell people they are evil hateful people. They'll just stop buying if that is the case.
Real Vermonter

Boston, MA

#5 Apr 10, 2009
Any problems today EF?

“Barking up a tree!”

Since: Jun 08

Bennington

#6 Apr 10, 2009
Elmer Fudd wrote:
The newspapers that folded or are in danger of folding, all share one common trait with the Bennington Banner. An arrogant and acidic radical left wing editorial stance.
Yet these organizations that pride themselves on being "investigative journalists", don't have a clue as to their own bias. Is it any wonder these are the papers going out of business?
"Cable "news" is often really cable "views." Conservatives go to FOX because it agrees with them; liberals go to MSNBC for the same reason."

No demographics for Fox news states that all sides watch Fox because they always present both sides of an Issue.

The only ones who watch MSNBC are Liberals and Communist loons...

The Rocky Mountain News closed, Because it sucked and the Denver Post was sooo Much better.

FYI
Kevin McDonald is
Vice President of Planning and Marketing
Southwestern Vermont Medical Center.
VSP

Boston, MA

#7 Apr 10, 2009
one of our own also. there is an investigation in progress as we speak.
trmhawthornenj

Hackensack, NJ

#8 Apr 13, 2009
Non profit seems the most likely route, but then the well heeled will have the loudest voice....Right????
trmhawthornenj

Hackensack, NJ

#9 Apr 13, 2009
FOX presents both sides ????More like both Right sides presented by large BACKSIDES.

Since: Jan 08

Charlestown, MA

#10 Apr 16, 2009
Truth is, big city papers got fat, overstaffed and lazy cause they had a monopoly for years. Small town papers aren't losing money, liberal or conservative. They still have the only local news. If they go, we'd have to read blogs or Topix, and the country is in enough trouble already.
Get Real

Arlington, VT

#11 Apr 16, 2009
I say now way to the non profit stautus. We've got enough businesses being funded by public funds as it is. If they can't afford to operate then shut it down. There are a lot of options they can consider, one being stop telling your views and report the news plain and simple. Get with the program and start selling online subscriptions and sell your advertising at reasonable rates.
Real Vermonter

Boston, MA

#12 Apr 16, 2009
We don't need it! It's been fun but it aint been real fun! Good by and good riddance!

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