Friends have drawn my attention to an editorial appearing this week in what was self-described as a “digital dinosaur.” Okay…that’s appropriate. We can live with that label.
But we draw the line when that dinosaur, in an editorial, makes false accusations about how competitors acquire and deliver the news – stories that the dinosaur always runs three or four days later, if it runs them at all. The dinosaur has the audacity to claim that some stories appearing in local internet news sites were stolen from its own pages! Yes that’s right – an idea so bizarre that we must repeat it – the dinosaur claims that competing internet news outlets actually steal stories from its paper even before it’s printed! And then demands that they give the dinosaur credit for the stories!
How lost and delusional can a dinosaur get?
As for claims that we report news that occurs while we were not in attendance – that’s true! Maybe the dinosaur doesn’t know that several Lincoln County cities, and the county commission, have video and audio recordings of their meetings available immediately after they’re over, on the internet. From listening and watching those recordings we are able to write our stories. And if we need to make follow-up phone calls, we do.
We internet news providers work countless hours to deliver the news to our readers. We work hard. We do our homework. We are devoted to researching and disseminating news and information that our readers find necessary in order to better understand their community – from local government to local community improvements, law enforcement to major industries. And we provide a service that is such good quality, tens of thousands of readers around Lincoln County read us religiously EVERYDAY, not just twice a week.
I write this not because the dinosaur’s “editorial” threatens my livelihood or the livelihood of another “former” newspaper reporter who is now a friendly competitive webpaper colleague. It’s because we are setting the record straight about the state of news reporting in Lincoln County. It’s getting better, more complete and news updates are available to readers almost hourly – FREE – on the internet.
And it’s only going to get better, no matter how much it scares the dinosaur. Maybe the next webpaper to emerge to compete with the dinosaur will call itself The Lincoln County METEOR.