Originally Posted by eklars
If you are offended by the idea that advertisers, upon whom the publication of a FREE daily paper rests solely upon, have loose control over the content of that paper then you are naive. If the Summit/Vail Daily were being paid by their readers then we might have a different situation here.
But even with that said, in these small ski towns we all need to work together to ensure our own profitability. If that means editorializing the "news" in order serve marketing purposes I am in support of it.
Finally, I do agree that the author was wrongly terminated. After all his editor read and approved the article. But no one fires his good friend. I would bet that the author (who I do not know) had been on his editors hitlist for a while and that this was simple opportunism.
What a sad state of affairs we have when you think newspapers should editorialize their "news" to appease the best interests of local businesses. Why stop there? Why not make the same rules for politicians? That way we will never know what is really happening within our government? There is a reason the Founders created the freedom of the press, and no, it wasn't to ensure businesses like yours can succeed.
Your shallow and uneducated response to this is truly deplorable. We need newspapers, blogs, whatever, to serve as the watchdog over our communities, our government, and yes, even our businesses. Otherwise, the corrupt practices by large banks that crippled this country last year, the Enron execs who crushed people's retirement dreams, etc. etc. etc. will become the norm.
If your business can't succeed unless the world around you falsifies information about it, then I say you should fail.
Just my two cents.