Sunday, January 8, 2012

Minesota- Negative Reader Response When Newspaper Editoralizes for Legal Notices

HT: Legal Notices Blog


MINNESOTA- NEGATIVE READER RESPONSE WHEN NEWSPAPER EDITORIALIZES FOR
LEGAL NOTICES

What happens when a newspaper editorializes FOR the right to keep public notices in newspapers? Do they approve of newspapers using editorial space to advocate for their business? It appears not, but
Let's take a look at what the local taxpayers (whose money is being shoveled to the local newspapers) think when the Post Bulletin, the "leading news source of Rochester, Minnesota" published an editorial on December 31, advocating to keep public notices in the newspaper.
  • "I agree public notice is important. However, I no longer believe that newspapers are necessarily the best place for that notice. The Internet is. It's searchable. It's has easier access. Miss a day and the information is still there. Access to the information is free..."
  • "When the Pb stands up and objects to the may efforts by the city administration to limit public access then I will believe that you are interested in more that the revenue..."
  • "Occupy the P-B (Post Bulletin"
  • "If the P-B editorial board believes so righteously about the importance of publishing [Public Notices], perhaps they should offer to do it for free."
  • "Be assured, you can count on the PB to roll over for the powers that be. It just wouldn't be Rochester if authority were questioned..."
  • "... As soon as a newspaper says "it's not about the money," you can pretty much assume correctly that it is."
  • "I get a free Olmsted County 'newspaper' in the mail box every Wednesday. That must have more circulation than the subscriber only PB in the county."

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