We have been apologists for the Shreveport Times for far too long, and now we are ready to admit the product produced in northwest Louisiana is no longer at a level we can label “news.”
Every large community deserves a daily print vehicle (i.e. local newspaper) that displays independence, responsibility and a backbone in investigating newsworthy events. This newspaper should reflect values of the community. The proper vehicle demonstrates educational values and reflects models a community should aspire to achieve. A daily paper traditionally is the standard of writing, investigative skills and creative journalism that demonstrates a willingness to improve the community and readers within the greater community.
Gannett has proven today that Shreveport no longer has a responsible daily print vehicle to disseminate items we would normally define as news. Gannett has a vehicle designed to disseminate print advertising, advertorials and political tripe dictated by parties whose values are questionable, at best.
Today’s headlines were really no different than we expect. The lead story was based on real news, as opposed to general interest pieces or social commentary often found on the banner. However, the lead was so poorly written that we had to question whether or not the writer even read her own story. Mayor Glover is NOT in Federal Court. The concept of a federal review should be foreign to any citizen of any state in this matter.
So, Gannett, it’s time to put on some “Big-Boy” writing outfits. Put away your Big Chief Tablet and #2 pencil and come to the party. Or, even your advertisers will call your bluff of a rag and find real avenues to peddle their wares.
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