End of an era

We canceled our subscription to the Houston Chronicle (at least the daily portion; we may keep the Sunday paper). I have read the newspaper daily since I was 10. But I noticed that we were reading it less and less and some days I almost “precycled” it by putting it in the recycling bin without reading it.

I’ve been displeased with the Chronicle for years. The leftist mentality pervades everything, including the Lifestyle section. They have run multiple nostalgic fluff-pieces on things like Playboy magazine and the Deep Throat movie. Seriously.

But I get much more accurate news online via blogs and such.  Yes, the Internet has a lot of nonsense, but one of the beauties of it is that over time you can determine which sites are credible and then have a package of blogs and sites that you can trust.  The system works.  I stay well informed on both sides (you can’t escape the Leftist media).  Sadly, too many people only read the Liberal media and their stereotypes of conservatives.

And we’ll save a few bucks as well.

7 thoughts on “End of an era”

  1. Well, as much as I love sitting with some coffee and reading the paper, I cancelled ours years ago (admittedly as much for time reasons as others — my coffee and paper scenario rarely played out in reality), and read online. Chron still has a few good things (TechBlog)…

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  2. Even though I was a journalist by trade, and perhaps because I was a journalist by trade, we quit subscribing years ago as well. I knew of the bias, and the bad writing and that was enough. Plus, the Aiken paper was running a weekly piece by the pastor of the First Baptist church there, which was pure fluff. That enraged me every week. Here the guy had been given the keys to man’s salvation, metaphorically speaking, and he wasted it on pieces that were the equivalent of a Bobby McFerrin song: “Don’t Worry, Be Happy!” Blech!

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  3. Good luck! When I cancelled my subscription to the Houston Chronicle several years ago, I still got a paper almost every day for over a year. These were free sample copies that probably were reported to advertisers as part of their overall circulation numbers. I finally called and stated clearly that I really did not want a paper that I was not reading. They finally stopped.

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    1. I’ve heard the Chronicle did that! I’ll be sure to call if it doesn’t stop (I think we’re paid through the end of the month). I don’t want to have to pick it up just to have more to take to recycling!

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  4. Our local newspaper, the Cedar Rapids Gazette, has a nickname by the conservatives in the area – “Gayzette” It is such a liberal rag! However, I still get the Sunday paper for $2 because the coupons save us much more than that. And I pay $9.95 a month for the on-line version (essentially copies of every page) so as to keep up with the local news which affects me, and because I will write a letter to the editor now and then. But I can rapidly skim past the liberal tripe and it’s one heck of a lot cheaper to read it this way – besides, I couldn’t do without the educational page (comics)!

    But for REAL news, the internet has been the best thing going!

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  5. I saw the real value in newspapers when our govenor-at-the-time (Mark Sanford) took his much published hike on the Appalachian Trail (trip to Argentina to see his mistress). It turns out The State newspaper (headquartered in the capital city) had heard rumors of his affair more than six months earlier, but could find not corroborating evidence. Rather than publish rumor, they sat on the story. Yes, they investigated – that’s what they do. But no evidence was found, so no story was published. For six months, the family was allowed to retain their dignity until facts were found.

    What blogger would do that? I do believe blogs are great, but without a dedicated newspaper, the story would never have come out. Or it would have been published early. How many lives get ruined when (false) unproven so-called-facts are published?

    I’m very disappointed in my local paper. It often publishes junk, has a lot of liberal leanings (in SC, not much is truly liberal) and is getting thinner by the day. But I truly believe that when newspapers go away, we’ll lose a good resource.

    My funniest commercial is the one (I think Toyota) that shows a young lady talking about how her parents have no life (they are really out enjoying their new car) because they have no friends on Facebook. She says “I read an online article, well, I read most of an online article…” Sadly, she’s right, most people don’t read all of the online articles, they simply read the headlines. I know that you DO read and that people could read just the headlines of a paper article too, but the commercial is still on-point.

    Now excuse me, I have to go pre-cycle some old newspapers laying around. (In other words, I’m just as guilty).

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