Has it been a month already? So much has happened.
If you haven’t been reading Jim Newberry’s new media empire then you probably don’t know that there’s a corn maze in the shape of Coach Cal’s face (unless you heard about it on WUKY or in the Herald Leader or most other places) and you may not know that Lee Todd was a great president at UK who deserves a $200,000 office (seriously, all gave some but some gave all.)
You may also not know that one of their brightest young writers departed, hopping off what may or may not be a sinking ship just three months after taking a position as the new venture’s Assistant Executive Producer. She returned to the Courier-Journal where she previously worked. You can keep up with her as she covers Oldham County and other stories at the C-J… which is a linkable news outlet, you just plop in the HTML and away everyone goes. Newberry’s site still hasn’t worked out that kink. Darndest thing.
That was a pretty big loss — like several of their young folks, she was a great writer and hopefully the Courier Journal will offer her the better opportunities she deserves.
Moving on… or shall we say, moving forward… one of you have noticed and mentioned to us that these logos very much like the other:
To be fair, The Streetsweeper pointed this out months ago and more people probably would have noticed, but one of these things is not highly visible so most people are excused for not noting the similarities. [And, speaking of the Streetsweeper, he's got a great roundup of all the business/restaurant moves going on downtown -- and if you're interested in such things, go go go check it out.]
In terms of advertising — many of you ask frequently how they are still afloat, if ad revenue is really transplanting coal funds. Well, we’re not sure how much or how long or even if the King Coal money is still there but looking at the ad revenue, it seems unlikely that’s there either at this point.
WKYT continues to have a prominent link (but did they really pay for it?) as does UK (again, is UK really spending that money?). They’ve added a link to what appears to be something Alltech related but 1) the Alltech logo is almost unreadable and when I clicked on it my pop-up blocker freaked out. So I don’t know what that is. Well, here… let’s give away some Free Advertising:
And here’s another, if you scroll all the way down toward the bottom of their page:
Perhaps the most interesting item to come out of Mayor Newberry’s digital empire actual came from a far-off fiefdom, his personal page on Facebook, where Jim posted a lengthy missive some observers suggest may be his first testing of Higher Office waters.
It came out August 7th with the headline:
The Decline of American Economic Leadership
In it, he describes his disgust at the actions of our elected officials in Washington:
I found the whole thing sickening to watch as everyone involved continued their posturing up until the last possible minute and then passed legislation that did the bare minimum necessary to avoid default.
Then Jim swings for the left field fence:
Construction companies need work, and there will be no better time to get that work done than now. However, those who argue for reducing spending have concluded that nothing should be done by the federal government to improve infrastructure until deficit spending is reduced to some unspecified level. Who knows when that will happen?
And then, after making the distinction between spending (salaries, etc) and investing (infrastructure), Newberry goes on to call for expiring the destructive Bush Tax Cuts:
When that distinction is made, a compelling case for investing in our country’s future can be made. Until then, I fear we will simply continue to squander the remarkable legacy that our parents and grandparents left us. They understood the overwhelming importance investing in the future and paying the taxes necessary to support that investment. It’s time for our generation to grow up and do the same. When we do, America will regain its position of economic leadership.
The whole read is refreshing if one thinks back to the Mayor’s time in office and his behavior as a candidate and one must wonder if the three basic thrusts of this letter could be construed as anything other than a poke at our current elected national leaders. Notice he is not second guessing Mayor Gray at any point in this, but those folks we send to Washington.
And whose seat do you think he might have his eye on most squarely?
- Our current leadership is “sickening”
- They don’t understand the importance of infrastructure
- They support the failed Bush Tax Cuts
Well, obviously it’s not John Yarmuth.
Or… did Jim just feel like writing a “Note” on Facebook for 17 people to “Like.”
‘Til next month?