Changing Times

A knowledgeable reader reached out to us the other day and suggested that we are being too hard on the Times.

The reader was employed in the newspaper business many years ago.

He pointed out the difficult financial situation that the Times is in and how, with limited resources, it is hard for the Times to meet our expectations–ones that are based upon older economic and social situations.

He was of course right.

We argued that most of our discontent was with their meddling in the political arena.

As is the case in many discussions we were concerned about different things.

For our part we will endeavor to avoid writing about their functional failures as much as we have.

Unfortunately the Times has not figured out how to remain relevant.

We do feel that what they are doing now is making their situation worse.

Might they change course?


8 Responses to Changing Times

  1. Beto Moore says:

    I’ve done ALL of the heavy lifting in reporting on the EPISD scandal. I’ve been relentless in my pursuit of the most arcane minutea that’s almost relevant to this issue. 10,000 years from now aliens will visit this planet and dig up the archeological record and realize what I’ve done. Until then I will remain the unsung prophet.


  2. Old Fart says:

    The Times is a business. and if its product no longer fills customers needs, it is certainly readers option to go elsewhere. Many of the comments about that paper are right on the mark. In a free market economy customers are allowed to buy what they want. Maybe that paper needs to take a good look at itself!


  3. JerryK says:

    The Times should keep its opinions and support of public policies to the editorial pages and not use its news reporting to spin ideas and programs. It has lost all credibility, IMHO.


  4. Dan Wever says:

    The real question is are Newspapers supposed to report things that are either right or wrong with right or wrong being defined as meeting the common sense test. Example: Why would they not mention the marketing effort by the EPISD to try and get students from other districts to attend their schools at a cost of $562,500 for 2 years? Well, the reason, of course, is the company is supposed to advertise in the newspaper telling the public how great the EPISD really is. Or how about going out of town for a lawyer that costs $330 an hour. I could fill many pages with bargains such as this but of course, they cannot afford a meaningful raise again this year even though the employees supported their bond issue. At their 1% raise for all employees, a teacher with a Masters and over 30 years experience will get $660, many food service workers under $200, and of course, Superintendent Cabrera $3,870. Seems fair to me. 😦


  5. The Oracle says:

    I wonder. . . . is there ANY US newspaper that . .IS . . growing in circulation, and HOW are they doing that ?

    (This is what the management of EVERY newspaper SHOULD be looking in to.)
    I GAVE the Times, MY thoughts when they first decided to get ride of the TV Times magazine, and it all went downhill from there, year ago.
    Then, it was NO TV listings, as they SOLD that out to a company that was going to SELL a separate SUBSCRIPTION for a TV Guide.
    Then, they started cutting back on the daily Comics.
    Then the Sunday paper Comics.
    Then, the Borderland Calendar became ONLY for NON Profit groups (which made it NOT a Calendar at all).

    Its almost . . as if. . . the management gets a big fat bonus if they go under and fail, or a large retirement fund, if “for chance” the newspaper goes under and they “Have to retire early.”

    I’m sure many here, have also emailed the Times management when they saw something really wrong over there.


  6. What is the point of having a “local” newspaper if that newspaper is not reporting local news? I don’t think your criticism of the Times is unreasonable, and I can only figure that, if they can’t stand the heat, they should have stayed out of the kitchen. Since they do not fairly and objectively report the news, and since they answer to outside interests, there is little chance that they can ever fulfill the role of a hometown newspaper. They have to print what will sell papers. It is as simple as that. And, lest we forget, locally they have to compete with a large Spanish speaking population, and (I suspect) an even larger apathetic population that doesn’t care to be informed.


  7. ripper1951 says:

    Brutus. You are not be unreasonable in your expectations of the Times. Whoever the ex-newsy was, was disingenuous in attempting to persuade you to lay off criticizing. The Times financial and management difficulties are no different than 40 years ago. Suppressing the actual events, reporting only the bits which support a political viewpoint, and looking for sensationalism is more fitting to National Enquirer. I would expect you and others to call them out regularly for their departures from journalism.


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