Blade Ombudsman's pats blade on the back

Jack Lessenberry argues that the Blade is a "must have" resource for all people seeking hard news and editorial commentary with underlying facts. What horseshit. The Blade is known for it's slanted journalism and "newsatorials" that support only it's editorial positions on matters that affect the community.

Jack goes on to writes that one of the reasons newspapers are necessary to is to tell readers what the costs of proposed levies are and how much the levies will cost. Did the Blade do that with regard to the recent levies ? They sure didn't with regard to the recent childrens services and mental health levies.

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081214/COLUMNIST...

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Jim? Where do you go for information? What is your source of all you need to know? I could use that information.

Old South End Broadway

OSEB, My point is precisely that the Blade does not always present the "hard news". Occasionally it is not a very neutral source of information. Remember the Jack Ford smoking ban? As we neared the vote to change the law, the Blade printed "news" articles about the costs of smoking, second-hand smoke deaths and the great successes of smoking bans in other states. Never did they mention that the largest reports on second hand smoke were discredited. Never did they write about how many states exempt taverns and private clubs from smoking bans. This certainly isn't truthful unbiased reporting of news events that effect Toledoans. I beleive it shows the degree they are willing to slant their reporting to conform to their editorial views.

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040819/NEWS32/40...

What a pretty picture they painted about the businesses that were suffering because of the idiotic ban. That was/is a lie.

They never allowed their business columnist Homer Brickey to write about the smoking ban and the damage it was doing to businesses. Why was that not a story?

By the way, I still read the Blade in the morning; it really gets my blood circulating. I also watch the morning news, usually Channel 24 and listen to WSPD on the way to work. I read the weekly Toledo Freep & Newsweek and am always googling for news on topics I'm interested in. I feel that's a pretty good blend of left and right reporting. It's OK to use the Blade as a source of news, so long as you realize what you're getting.

Big Jim

The Blade's ombudsman has been a joke since he was brought on. I don't think he's ever once been critical.

If you want to see what a real ombudsman writes, here's one attached to one of the biggest media outlets in the country: ESPN's Le Anne Schreiber.

Jack Lessenberry is a shill for The Blade. He is totally partisan, as is that newspaper. Both are completely unreliable in terms of presenting an objective viewpoint. Thanks, BigJim, for bringing this up. The Blade pretty much represses any view other than its own on the local scene. In my opinion, JRB has singlehandedly driven out more talented people from Toledo than anything else... which is why we have mediocre people in positions of power from the top on down.

The Blade bragged to Obama that they had NEVER supported anything W had done. "One of America's Great Newspapers"! What a joke.

Did the Blade do that with regard to the recent levies ? They sure didn't with regard to the recent childrens services and mental health levies.

Yes, they did:

"Along with COSI, Lucas County voters will consider Issue 38, a five-year, 1-mill replacement levy for the Lucas County Children Services Board.

The levy would cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $30.63 per year, up from $24.17 a year such a homeowner pays today.

“We’re good stewards of the taxpayers’ dollars,” said Dean Sparks, executive director of Lucas County Children Services.

The levy would bring in $9.8 million annually for the board, and Mr. Sparks said that without it, the agency would have to cut back.

“We don’t ever want to make decisions about the safety of children based on finances,” Mr. Sparks said.

With Issue 39, the Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Board is pushing for a continuing 4-mill replacement levy. The levy would cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $109.22 per year, rather than the $76.06 such an owner pays now."

Perhaps you should pay extra attention to this part of Lessenberry's article:

"Lots of people quote those lines, but few know that he immediately added: "But I mean that every man should receive those papers and be capable of reading them."

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Pink Slip

Thanks for your citation. The increase was clearly mentioned, albeit buried in a story dealing with COSI. I did however find other instances of the increase being mentioned in the paper.

Did the paper do a story on the fraudulent "Not a New Tax" advertising campaign conducted by Mental Health? I couldn't find one.

http://swampbubbles.com/20081027/issue-40-wants-you-believe-35-tax-incre...

That fraud might have been headlines in other papers. It wasn't even addressed by the Blade because such a report would have been opposed to the paper's editorial position.

I think it's important to notice the stories that aren't addressed by various forms of media. By being aware and noticing stories that do not appear, one can uncover media bias. Don't you agree?

Big Jim

Big Jim

I can't argue with that Jim.

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Here's what the Block Communications Inc., says about itself, which would not only include the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, but also the Blade:

Upon the death of Paul Block in 1941, his sons, William and Paul Block, Jr., became co-publishers. Under their [Block's] leadership, the Post-Gazette campaigned vigorously for "Pittsburgh Package" legislation that paved the way for the city's renaissance in the late 50s. . . . The Post-Gazette, under Block ownership, has been liberal on civil rights issues and conservative on budgetary and economic matters. Its basic editorial policy is expressed in the words of former Post-Gazette editor Frank Hawkins:

 "This newspaper puts the public welfare above any special interest. It cannot, therefore, be the instrument of any group, sect or political party. In its news columns the Post-Gazette strives to be accurate, thorough and impartial.

 "Its freely formed editorial opinions are limited only by a conviction that it is the newspaper's duty to build and preserve rather than destroy the good character of the individual and his institution." (emphases added) http://www.post-gazette.com/aboutpg/history.asp

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My Grandmother always used to say, "A lie by omission is still a lie".

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'I used to have compassion, but they taxed it and legislated it out of existence.'

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'I used to have compassion, but they taxed it and legislated it out of existence.'

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