The Herald’s editorial of today (Oct. 3) points out a couple of reasons for declining newspaper sales. The most obvious being the Internet and the loss of advertising sales due to alternatives such as Craigslist.
However, your writer is conveniently ignoring another major issue. Very simply, the mainstream media is not trusted. A 2010 Gallup poll asked, “Do you trust the media a great deal or quite a lot?” Only 16 percent of respondents in the 30-49 age group indicated that they did.
A look at the Herald’s editorial page on almost any day shows a lockstep partisan mentality that is so ingrained I don’t think those involved can even see it any longer. Either that or the Herald’s ownership and staff have a death wish.
And a visit to the Herald’s online edition shows the same thing. Whenever I take a look at the Herald’s online edition, I am generally the only one indicated as “listening.” Online posts by readers have virtually vanished.
I continue to buy the Herald to keep up with the local news, but it pains me every time I do.
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