Sunday, August 16, 2020

No St. Augustine Record Endorsement in Contested Primary Races: Monopolistic GANNETT Squeezes Profits From Us, With News Declining

 Jim Sutton was right in his prediction last year, upon his departure as Opinion Editor at the St. Augustine Record.  

No one bothered to interview the candidates and make an editorial endorsement for contested County Sheriff and County Commission races in the Tuesday, August 18, 2020 Republican Primary.  

That's what happens when 22 newspapers in Florida are owned by the same Dull Republican company that owns First Coast News, the Jacksonville, Florida duopoly comprised of the ABC and NBC affiliates. 

We now have a cartel of newspapers in Florida, and their work product stinks on ice. 

Nashville Tennessean investigative reporter Nat Caldwell, a Pulitzer Prize winner, was heartbroken when his beloved Tennessean was acquired by GANNETT.  He told me that we would rue the day.

Monopolistic GANNETT's McPaper deconstruction of our St. Augustine Record means:

o Hedge fund ownership squeezing profits out of journalism, endangering First Amendment values.

o Intending to go all-digital eventually means GANNETT inflicts inflated 50% home delivery price increases, depending on your Zip Code and purported inelastic demand curve.

o Less customer service -- no more same day re-deliveries of wet or undelivered newspapers.

o St. Johns County no longer has a local daily newspaper with its readers in mind.

o ONLY one paragraph, buried inside, on the arrest of Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels.

o No coverage on resignation of illegally-voting-from-a-boat Jacksonville resident BARRY MARK BENJAMIN, longtime St. Augustine Port, Waterway and Beach District Chair. n

o No more local editorials on local issues.

o Less space for local columns on Sundays.

o Shrinking local news coverage.

o Shrieking shallowness.

o Sheds more heat than light on issues.

Racist, sensationalist reporting.   (Interviewed a white woman and a black woman on monuments in 2017, in separate interviews, furthering the caste system in St. Augustine, called "the most lawless city in America" by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1964).

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