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Sun Feb 26, 2017, 06:52 PM

 

Advice about subscribing to my local newspaper, the IndyStar (Indianapolis)

I've been subscribing to it off and on over the years. I stopped for a bit during the Bush years because their coverage was far too favorable for that horrible president. I started getting it again about 6 years ago, to get some more local news flavor and also because I feel it's important to support local journalism.

But their news coverage of Trump has been horrible. They've totally normalized him. From reading the news section, you'd never know he called the media the enemy of the American people or that he tweets delusional things or that anything bizarre has happened with him at all. It's weird, they've made him dull. Their coverage of his talk to CPAC just presented him as giving red meat to his base, and nothing about his lies and delusion. These articles are largely derived from other sources such as USA Today.

They do have opinion columnists, and there have been a decent number of columns on the editorial page criticizing Trump from the expected columnists. The problem is I think it's too easy for their conservative readers to just ignore the columns or write them off as silly liberals.

There have been no columns from the editors of the paper truly critical of Trump. There was one mildly critical of Pence recently, for supporting some Trump nonsense, but it totally gave Pence the benefit of the doubt.

They've published a couple rare letters to the editor against Trump, but nothing that properly captured just how crazy and abnormal Trump is. I sent in my own letter but they have not published it (yet). And there have been several totally clueless letters in support of Trump.

Of course this is Indiana, which overall went big for Trump, but the city was still quite blue. So I guess they need to make their paper palatable for their audience, but I feel like Trump is so extreme and abnormal that he needs special attention.

ANYWAY, my question is-- it is worth continuing my subscription for the sake of supporting the local news (and getting the comics pages )? Or should I cancel and tell them why?

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Reply Advice about subscribing to my local newspaper, the IndyStar (Indianapolis) (Original post)
Fast Walker 52 Feb 2017 OP
pkdu Feb 2017 #1
Fast Walker 52 Feb 2017 #2
spooky3 Feb 2017 #3
Fast Walker 52 Feb 2017 #7
tblue37 Feb 2017 #4
sinkingfeeling Feb 2017 #5
Fast Walker 52 Feb 2017 #6
sinkingfeeling Feb 2017 #8

Response to Fast Walker 52 (Original post)

Sun Feb 26, 2017, 07:04 PM

1. I would cancel and spend the money on New Yorker , ACLU or Planned Parenthood nt

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Response to pkdu (Reply #1)

Sun Feb 26, 2017, 07:13 PM

2. New Yorker? Hmm. Good thought. I already donate monthly to ACLU and give to PP

 

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Response to Fast Walker 52 (Original post)

Sun Feb 26, 2017, 07:40 PM

3. You could also tell them your concerns and that

if you see no changes, you will cancel. If you cancel first, then they have no incentive to listen to you. Obviously only one subscriber is pretty powerless but maybe if others are telling them the same thing, they will wise up.

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Response to spooky3 (Reply #3)

Sun Feb 26, 2017, 08:52 PM

7. yeah, true. Thanks

 

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Response to Fast Walker 52 (Original post)

Sun Feb 26, 2017, 07:49 PM

4. I'd cancel. You can get most news online--even local. nt

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Response to Fast Walker 52 (Original post)

Sun Feb 26, 2017, 07:53 PM

5. I only take mine over weekends (Fri., Sat., and Sun.). I black out

45's photos with a marker, but I can keep up with local and world events and skip the rest.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Reply #5)

Sun Feb 26, 2017, 08:52 PM

6. thanks-- you're talking about the Star?

 

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Response to Fast Walker 52 (Reply #6)

Sun Feb 26, 2017, 09:08 PM

8. Sorry, no. I'm talking about the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.

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