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An old-fashioned newspaper reader sent us the following letter:
Bizarrely, I am reading in the New York Times this morning, Saturday, that the Tribune on Friday endorsed Obama, overturning its never-say-Dem tradition of endorsing Republicans. I pawed through my pile of the previous days’ discarded Tribs looking for an editorial I must have missed, and I normally read them all.
Nothing. Then I pulled out the Saturday editorial page. Again, nothing about an endorsement. Then I hunt around on the Web site, digging through the Opinion tab and then clicking on endorsements. There I find the Obama endorsement, dated 2:33 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 17. It has yet to appear in the printed newspaper of which I am a seven-day-a-week subscriber.
Talk about burying the lede! Why am I paying all this money for subscription delivery when the editors are withholding the only suspenseful aspect of the Obama campaign for Chicagoans? They slip it into the Web site instead, where sharp-eyed New York Times reporters read it and publish it, scooping the Trib on its own endorsement. Is this the kind of news judgment we can expect from the overhauled Tribune? Yikes!
Duncan Moore, Lakeview
We are living in a new day, a day when newspapers flaunt their Web sites as the go-to place for news when it’s newest. As editor Gerould Kern explained to the Tribune, “We believed it was news, and today we publish news immediately and we decided, therefore, to go to the Web first.”
Even when it’s news that isn’t news until the Tribune actually makes it, the Tribune goes to the Web first.
Everything’s old about print editions, including the mindset of readers who think that because they’ve actually laid out money for a newspaper they’re owed a little consideration. So Duncan, get with the future — cancel your subscription and read the Tribune online for nothing. You’ll be doing the Tribune a favor.