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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Duke Case: Vestige Media Organ has No Pulse


The Herald-Sun is "a dead man walking" to use a phrase we've heard before in Durham. "Letters to the Editor" are a joke.

Mike McCusker at Crystal Mess tried to respond to a misleading letter from "Jimmy D. Haynes" that The Herald-Sun used. Mr. McCusker was first told:

Mr. McCusker,

Thank you for your letter to the editor. We've edited your submission just a bit to bring it within the 250 word limit. Hope you don't mind. we believe this edited version (just a few words removed and added here and there) still fairly represents your thoughts. Look for it to be published later this week. Thank you for your interest and loyalty to the H/S.
Then got the word:
Letter is much too long. The rule length is 250 words. Please edit and resubmit.
It's funny, when Professor James E. Coleman Jr. wrote his letter to the News & Observer they published it and waived the length limit.
The writer, a law professor, recently led Duke's study of the men's lacrosse program. The length limit on letters was waived.
Our favorite media pundit, Jeff Jarvis, on - "Letters to the editor: Return to sender"
..it’s such rubbish to say that newspapers have always been conversational because they took letters.

...rubbish on rubbish

Update: John in Carolina has started working on a eulogy for The Herald-Sun:
When Ashley first took over, the H-S had a weekday circulation of about 54 thousand. My best guess is that the H-S weekday circulation is now about 35 thousand or so, and continuing to decline. The decline is occurring in a fast-growing region with a strong and expanding economy.

It isn’t just readers who are abandoning what many people now call “Ashley’s H-S.”

Advertisers are abandoning it, too...

I’ll be saying more soon about the demise of a once fine newspaper.

More Herald-Sun Hilarity* [Crystal Mess, Sept. 19, 2006]
Nifong the Ghostwriter? [Crystal Mess, Sept. 19, 2006]
Letters to the editor: Return to sender [buzzmachine.com, June 9, 2006]
Duke lacrosse: Ashley’s ashes [JinC, Sept. 19, 2006]

Death Spiral for The Herald-Sun [TJN, Sept. 18, 2006]

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