Media Mutt Blog Archive 2008
Submitted by Al Diamon on Fri, 06/06/2008 - 1:59pm.
According to pseudonymous blogger T. Cushing Munjoy, the sale of the Blethen Maine Newspapers - the Portland Press Herald, Maine Sunday Telegram, Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel - is on hold. Munjoy, who until recently offered daily critiques of the
Submitted by Al Diamon on Fri, 06/06/2008 - 5:41am.
Nonpartisan: On June 3, the Lewiston Sun Journal ran a long story by reporter Rebekah Metzler on the primary race between retired Lewiston fire chief Mike Lajoie and current Lewiston Mayor Larry Gilbert for a seat in the Maine House of Representatives.
Submitted by Al Diamon on Mon, 06/02/2008 - 6:59pm.
Employees at the Portland Press Herald got the grim news in the company newsletter late last week. Advertising revenue continues to decline. Energy and health-care costs keep increasing. And cuts in spending in such areas as newsprint, travel and office supplies won't make up the difference.
Submitted by Al Diamon on Fri, 05/30/2008 - 4:25pm.
Disappearing disclaimer: Just when it appeared the Blethen Maine Newspapers - the Portland Press Herald, Maine Sunday Telegram, Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel - had awoken from their ethical snooze and decided to be clear about their conflict of interest in covering Plum Timber
Submitted by Al Diamon on Tue, 05/27/2008 - 6:39am.
Ironic icon: On May 26, the Blethen Maine Newspapers-owned Maine Sunday Telegram ran an editorial cartoon by Steve Meyers criticizing the Maine Legislature for failing to pass ethics rules dealing with conflicts of interest. Directly below Meyers' drawing was a column by editorial page editor John
Submitted by Al Diamon on Fri, 05/23/2008 - 3:59pm.
The clause in the contract between the Blethen Maine Newspapers, owners of the Portland Press Herald and other publications in the state, and Local 128 of the Portland Newspaper Guild, which represents most employees at the Press Herald, is written in the best legalese. It reads, "This Agreement …
Submitted by Al Diamon on Thu, 05/22/2008 - 4:33pm.
Earlier this month, WGME-TV in Portland aired a heavily promoted report on charges raised by Democratic U.S. Rep. Tom Allen against Republican Susan Collins, the U.S. senator Allen is hoping to defeat in the November election. The 5-minute segment was called "War of Words" and focused on Allen's charge
Submitted by Al Diamon on Mon, 05/19/2008 - 10:56am.
Talk about irony. Portland Press Herald environmental reporter John Richardson's May 17 column was headlined "McKin gone but not forgotten." But something appears to have been forgotten. Or ignored.
The column related the tangled history of one of Maine's first Superfund hazardous waste sites,
Submitted by Al Diamon on Tue, 05/13/2008 - 12:25pm.
Union workers in the Morning Sentinel newsroom voted 13-4 on May 13 to ratify a new contract with the owner of the Waterville daily, the Blethen Maine Newspapers. According to Darla Pickett, the chair of the Portland Newspaper Guild's Waterville unit, the contract covers 21 employees represented by the
Submitted by Al Diamon on Thu, 05/08/2008 - 3:53pm.
Press 1 for English: From the May 5 edition of the Original Irregular, a weekly newspaper published in Kingfield:
"Members of the MSAD #58 school board met on Thursday, May 1 approving a $9.8 million budget. The board's efforts resulted in one of the biggest budgetary reductions