The Demise Of The Daily Paper In Our Major Cities

Let's be clear, the daily newspaper we grew up with is dying. With declining circulation, and significant staff reductions, most papers outside New York, Los Angeles or Washington D.C. have minimal local coverage and reprint wire service and national paper coverage. This means local news is being neglected.

Added to this, the mostly left-wing bias has spread from the editorial pages to the "newsroom."

The most recent example is the Houston Chronicle on November 6, 2019 in a front-page story, they reported that Sylvester Turner is supported in the Houston Mayor's race versus Tony Buzbee by his decades-old political allies, State Senator John Whitmire, U.S. Rep.'s Sylvia GarciaSheila Jackson Lee and Al Green, not new, they supported him four years ago.

The Houston Chronicle repeated the same story on November 13, 2019 with a handful of additions, but not additional names. In other words, it was old news again.

On November 14, 2019, the Houston Firefighters Union unanimously endorsed Tony Buzbee for Mayor at a press conference attended by hundreds of firefighters. In the Friday, November 15, 2019 print edition, there is zero coverage; instead the front-page has a story about Narcan nasal spray for the homeless and a story about dismissed criminal cases. The story about Buzbee ran online with a photo, not from the press conference, but from election night.

Fair and balanced, hardly. No wonder the Chronicle may not survive until the next Houston City election in 2023.


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