Last year, when Carey Carrigan came on board at KUDO, and program director Aaron Selbig was fired by Carrigan, the changes merited a story in the Anchorage Daily News. During the year since that article, not only did KUDO go through many changes, so did the Anchorage Daily News.
When KUDO talk host Camille Conte was awarded The Nation Magazine's 2008 "Most Valuable Local Media Personality" honor, the Anchorage Daily News failed to
The Nation is one of the world's most distinguished periodicals. It has been in publication since July, 1865. Among the magazine's contributors have been Albert Einstein, Martin Luther King, Jr, Bertrand Russell, Langston Hughes, Henry Miller, Franklin D. Roosevelt - and hundreds of other notable Americans. Why the ADN failed to see Conte's award worthy of an article beats the hell out of me.
Southcentral Alaska's progressive bloggers have all been given ample reason to criticize actions or lack of actions by the ADN over the past year or so. Progressive Alaska has been particularly critical of decisions by editors Matt Zencey and Pat Dougherty. The newspaper's failure to even note the demise of local progressive talk radio is lamentable. Coupled with the newspaper's endorsement of Dan Sullivan to be Anchorage's next mayor, it was an even more pathetic week.
The endorsement came out in Thursday's morning edition. By early Thursday afternoon, ADN editor Zencey was aware of the emerging controversy regarding Sullivan's negligent, possibly criminal actions at his bar in the early morning of October 5, 2006.
Today's - Saturday's ADN carries a story by Don Hunter, about the Eric Croft-Dan Sullivan mayoral race. It is a rather incurious piece of journalism. By the time Hunter posted it at 11:35 p.m. Friday, he could have visited two of our progressive Alaskan blogs, and gotten a better handle on how this story is unfolding than he gave the ADN's readers.
His story's commenters seem to have learned more about Sullivan from articles at Celtic Diva's Blue Oasis , The Alaska Report and The Mudflats, than from the ADN.
How pathetic is that? The ADN is charging their readers a lot of money for doing a lousy job on this. Mudflats and Celtic Diva give you more accurate, more detailed, more truthful information for free.
Unless the Anchorage Daily News comes up to the level of The Mudflats, Celtic Diva's Blue Oasis and Just A Girl from Homer on this story - before election day - we may come to regard the week of April 29th - May 5th 2009, as the week that not only KUDO's local heart died, but as the week the Anchorage Daily News' soul perished.