Dear Denver Post

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Dear Denver Post,

I want you to know that you’re my favorite daily newspaper in Denver. OK, you’re the only daily newspaper, but you get where I’m coming from.

You’re like family to me, because you’ve arrived at my front door and been in our home every day for a long time. But I think it’s time we had a talk about what’s happening to you. You always told me that if you started to slip, I should tell you – and now that time has arrived. 

There are days when all cylinders are firing, but those days are fewer and far between. Some of your reporters are great, but a lot of others in the great category have moved away. You have been missing good editors for quite a long time. That leaves you vulnerable and with fewer options. I’m worried about you and your future. 

Lately, I’ve noticed that you haven’t paid very close attention to details and facts. Or even checked to make sure you had the details or facts. More frequently, I’m noticing that your stories don’t make sense or the paragraphs contradict each other. 

Recently, you ran a front-page story about state jobs with many, many factual problems. And in spite of being presented clear and convincing evidence that your story was wrong, you refused to make corrections.

Also, there were a couple of stories about health care in Colorado. I don’t really want to wade through the politics of all this. Is it working or isn’t it? And if you can’t tell me, why not? Instead, there were several examples that highlighted disgruntled people who turned out to be just more Republicans trying to make political points. Aren’t you checking your sources anymore?

And your stories are disappearing from time to time. Do you forget where you put them? A recent story on Rep. Mike Coffman just vanished completely.

Also, and this is awkward, but you’ve been looking, well, a lot thinner these days, and I’ve noticed you seem to have shrunk a good bit in size and lost a lot of weight. Have you talked with anyone about your condition?

Your punctuality has been subpar lately, too. Sometimes, you show up at my house late every day or, and this really hurts, not at all. When I call your number to check up on you, it appears you have forwarded your phone to an off-shore answering service. Is everything OK with you?

I’m afraid there’s a need for an intervention. I’m not sure what to do with you anymore. You’re becoming less relevant in life. 

I’m afraid someone responsible is going to have to take the keys away.  I just hope there’s someone responsible out there who cares enough to help you drive.

Sincerely,

Long-Time Subscriber

11 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. davebarnesdavebarnes says:

    I gave up on the print edition a few years ago. And now, it is $268/yr. Get real.
    There is a paucity of local news.
    I still read it online because it is free. The paywall was a failure.
    Not sure if I  care whether the Post lives or dies.

    • Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

      Well….there once was such a thing as "the Fuller Brush Man" and "the Fuller Brush Girl"…now extinct (though the company lives on).

      Time marches on…umm..temporal continuity and the magazine, as well…just to be clear.

  2. DavidThi808DavidThi808 says:

    Regular newspapers are obsolete. They haven't figured out how to be profitable. They will slowly all go away as the Post is as their subscriber base dies of old age. And as they slowly become smaller and smaller they will be less and less useful.

    • Sunmusing says:

      and now the fight over the new medium of the internet begins…will the giant coporations win this one as well??? It's looking like the first battle goes to the monopoly/duopoly…I wonder how much they spent to sway the new FCC guy…

  3. ruthellaruthella says:

    Subscribed for 13 years, though only on weekends most recently. We just cancelled our subscription. It's hard to let go of life-long habits, but their right-leaning shoddy reporting of late was the last straw.

  4. The realistThe realist says:

    Subscribed for years but gave up several years ago when couldn't get reliable delivery (the only thing you could count on was the bill). The quality has become frighteningly bad. It doesn't take a large, well-funded newspaper to ensure quality – it takes basic editing and an ethical approach to business.

     

  5. ct says:

    Once they started publishing paid ads made to look like their own 'news' sections the 'shark was jumped.'  

  6. DavieDavie says:

    I agree with Cogent, et al.  But old habits die hard (Rocky and/or Post subscriber for 35 years) and even through the slanted reporting and abysmal editing and fact checking, it's worth the 6 bucks per month for the electronic edition to keep up with local happenings.  

    I like that I can read it each morning even when I'm out of town.

    Any recommendations regarding the Aurora Sentinel?

    • davebarnesdavebarnes says:

      I read the following online:
       Denver Post
       Aurora Sentinel
       Wheat Ridge Transscript
       Lakewood Sentinal
       North Denver Tribune
      Your selection may be different.
      I am also a member of Nextdoor.com (which is hyper local)

      • DavieDavie says:

        Thanks Dave.  I'll check them out.  But the performance of the online edition of the Post vs. their website is astonishing.  The web site takes forever to load due to all the ads that chew up the network bandwidth.

        If the other site's reporting and topics hold my interest I'll checkout their online subscription offerings.

        thanks again

  7. dwyer says:

    The medium is not really the message, anymore.  What is missing from the Denver Post is journalism.  What is in danger of disappearing is journalism…the objective (as far as anything can be objective) reporting and investigation of big money and all sorts of government.

    I love the Auroral Sentinel for Quid, alone.  Plus, the local reporting and the reporting on Aurora government appears to be comprehensive….although I live in Denver, not Aurora.

    I read the North Denver Tribune for old times sakes….it is really a "booster" paper, now, but that is okay.

    I have a love/hate feeling towards the Cherry Cricket…..the have boyles and his old aging sidekick doing columns, as well as a "guys and gals of Glendate" focus; but, they also consistently report on how Denver City Council is working with developers to gopple up what is left of any open space/ parks/empty lots in Denver. ….a activity that has apparently escaped the notice of the Denver post.

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