The free press belongs to the man who owns one
As my blog-buddy Jake Coleman pointed out recently and in the previous post here, the last edition of the frou-frou fourtnightly Cape Cod Voice devoted an entire issue on the opponents to the Cape Wind farm.
Since Jake a decent guy and a professional journalist, he assumed The Voice would devote the next issue to the proponents since even our local anti-wind farm daily The Cape Cod Times has reported in two polls that Cape Cod is evenly split of this issue and given oceans of ink to the proponents to argue their case.
'Fraid not, Jake. These elitists answer to no one in their efforts to shove their personal opinions down the throats of their readers, and their current edition is devoted entirely to that pressing, compelling and earth-shattering issue facing Cape Cod today - SEALS.
The March of the Killer Turbines
If these bush league literati wish to learn the correct and professional way to cover this issue, they can run downstairs to Dan's newsstand and snatch a copy of The Boston Phoenix which did a long and fair examination of both sides in this issue which is easily the most important one to face Cape Codders in two generations.
Yes, insiders, that IS Alliance to Protract the Debate's Audra Parker basking in the sun on the curerent Phoenix cover.
P.S. We predicted here on as least two occasions that the owners of our local dailywould soon order Editor Cliff Schechtman to "fall on his sword" to separate them from his handing of the entire Cape Wind imbroglio at the newspaper. The announcement was more interesting in what it left out than in what it put in - no mention of Schecky's 40-odd Editorials knocking the wind farm.
Voice owners might consider the same remedy.
But I received a friendly phone call from Publisher Peter Meyer assuring me that this was NOT the case, and that Shecky was leaving for greener pastures on his desire.
Phoenix and WGBH media critic Mark Jurkowitz wrote in today's column, "An ambitious, aggressive editor determined to make the Times the key media player on the Cape, Schechtman --who not only ran the newsroom, but also sat on the paper's editorial board -- was a lightning rod for critics who believed the Times's staunch opposition to the wind farm on its editorial pages was excessive and occasionally bled over to news coverage. (Cape Wind president Jim Gordon has accused the paper's editorial board of launching a "jihad" against the project.) It didn't help matters that former Times reporter Jack Coleman, who covered the Wind Farm issues, wrote a piece (in Projo and CCToday) explaining the reasons for departing the paper."