It is interesting that many other citizens on the Island are also noticing that our local newspapers are not interested in reporting on issues that are not pro “establishment” or that do not fit the views of the reporters, staff or owners of the newspapers. As all of our local community newspapers are now owned by one entity and this should be troubling to all of us who wish to see both sides of an issue presented to the public.
Here is an article by another local blogger that has has had similar experiences with our local papers, his article starts out by stating:
“Summary The handling by local newspapers, and particularly the Whidbey News-Times, of news and views about the EMS levy measure has reached a new journalistic low. First, the WNT editor refused to run my 510-word “Sound off” submission, telling me I should send in a shorter letter or take out an ad. Next, he ran a 967-word “Sound off” in support of the levy. On the adjoining page, his pro-levy editorial contained virtually no relevant facts, but instead attacked me personally, and dishonestly. I did, by the way, submit different short but fact-laden letters to the three local papers, none of which were published. Local papers have been careful to keep voters ignorant of facts that demonstrate the EMS personnel budget is out of control. This censorship by the WNT establishes that it is a co-conspirator with Whidbey General Hospital and EMS officials in their non-transparency and closed government strategies. The full report contains my open letter to the head of Sound Publishing, a Canadian-owned chain that now owns all three local newspapers, and thus has a monopoly on Island politics, news, and advertising.”
To view the rest of his article please visit his website here:
Below is a link to his blog that has 41 articles that go into great detail the issues surrounding Whidbey General Hospital and how they are spending our taxpayer dollars. Please visit his blog as the information it presents is very well researched and fact filled and almost all of the information he presents is not available to any of us through our local newspapers outlets.