Is our local daily newspaper incompetent or indifferent?

It doesn't know and it doesn't care
Or maybe 7,700 CPN members are persuading the Times to change

By Walter Brooks 

Enviromentalists and other patriotic Cape Codders were shocked to see the entire front page of the Sunday Times' Forum section today devoted to a very positive article about the Nantucket Wind Farm project written by Chris Stimpson and Charles Kleekamp  of the 7,700 member grassroots organization Clean Power Now.

forum07087350_502Their joy was short-lived, however, when they attempted to read the words which the newspaper overlaid with red ink dark enough to make reading the article difficult if not impossible, see image on right. 

Was it cupidity, stupidity or Murdoch? 

The Times is one of the cape's largest employers with 200 odd staff who are presumably all professionals in their fields. 

Those in the production and art departments know full well that one never overlays small, body text with color because even a light yellow reduces the contrast between the page and the words.  

It's the kind of "art-directoritis" which any competent editor would correct before publishing - unless it was deliberate.

It's a joke among artists that if you want to make something difficult to read, put the text in reverse, or worse, overlay it with a dark color.

So one can be forgiven for assuming that The Times simply did what it could to make words Mr. Stimpson and Kleekamp wrote unreadable now that the newspaper's editors have apparently bowed to reader pressure to start covering both sides of the wind farm issue - after six years of its anti-wind farm editorial jihad.

The Long Island wind farm site is almost visible from Long Island  Newsday's newsroom where former CC Times editorial jihadist Cliff Schechtman now labors even possible that the editors are worried about their jobs now that it seems clear that Rupert Murdoch will soon be their new boss.  After all, Mr. Murdoch supports liberal Senator Hillary Clinton in New York where she is the major support for the Long Island wind farm, which amusingly will be almost visible from the Long Island Newsday newsroom where former CC Times editorial jihadist Cliff Schechtman now labors. 

 The Times readers may be to last to hear that the newspaper will soon be owned by that infamous media mogul Murdoch.  They finally reported what everyone already knew on the previous day.  The real scoop, however, can be found in this article published here last month.

Adding insult to injury

New England transcendentalist philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson admonishes us that "a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines."   One can now add Ottaway newspaper editors to his list because apparently out of fear that its readers might suffer through the Forum's red fog and read Stimpson and Kleekamp's logic, the Times added a biased yet predictable anti-review of Wendy Williams new book Cape Wind.

Our daily newspaper may be the last one east of the Mississippi to review this major book about Cape Cod's most important issue in two generations, and one has to laugh at their choice of reviewer given the fact they subscribe to the NY Times and Wall  Street Journal wire services and could have run any of those reviews with greater ease.

They choice their house angry old man Brent Harold, who instead of reviewing a 365 page book about this vital issue, wrote his usual blather attacking the project itself. 

Ah, but remember, they are consistent in their bias, and Brent does after all list "carpenter" as a credential.

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