On today's date in The Beacon archives, we published:•Smitherman corrects past error indicated by The Dean (2009)
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So I had a Sunday subscription to the Enquirer. I had this for a few reasons: first, my wife wants the coupons; second, I like reading the “First in Print” stories a day earlier; and third, even though I have issues with the Enquirer, I do think it important for a city to have a daily paper, and part of me wanted to support that ideal, even though I disagreed with the paper on other issues. But this week, I could not in good conscience support them anymore, due to their endorsement of SB 5 and their refusal to cover the recent labor rally on Fountain Square. The latter is probably the most offensive concept to me.
I understand a newspaper’s desire to endorse issues, and I’m not surprised the Enquirer would endorse views opposite of my own. They have a long history of doing things like that! I must wonder, however, in contentious times as these, how taking sides on a highly controversial issue is good for business, but I suppose that’s another matter.
The Enquirer says they were not notified of the pro-labor rally on Fountain Square. This position is laughable for a variety of reasons—the most obvious being that every other local media source managed to get people on the scene, and Fountain Square is just a few blocks from their headquarters. Even without making it to the scene, they could have easily patched together coverage the next day, should they have had a desire. All they had to do was contact area organizers for a statement. But they didn’t. And that’s a problem, as far as I’m concerned.
This seems to indicate their editorial perspectives interfering with what is supposed to be their “objective” news coverage. Now, I’m not saying I think the Enquirer is an exemplar of unbiased reporting, but that’s not the point.
There comes a point where I have to decide if my desire to see Cincinnati have a daily paper outweighs what I value as a social and political agenda. With the manner by which the middle class is under attack by Republicans, I cannot support an organization that would assist in the attack.
I have cancelled my Enquirer subscription, and I don’t know if I’ll ever get another one.
You can cancel your subscription pretty easily by phone: 1-800-876-4500. They’ll ask why you are cancelling and you can tell them your reasons.
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