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Jim Newbbery’s New Media Empire turns four months old

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September 2, 2011
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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?

Jim Newberry’s New Digital Media Empire laments death of the media it’s trying to kill

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June 17, 2011
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Good news, friends! It appears we’ve figured out how to make outbound links to Jim Newberry’s New Media Empire work… and just in time because you’re not going to want to miss this article.

Basically, they’ve got a journalism prof, Mike Farrell, who’s head of the Scripps Howard 1st Amendment Center and a former Kentucky Post editor for 20+ years (so… a longtime pal of Ms. Clabes) dissecting the threats that face traditional media and, specifically, newspapers.

Interestingly enough, the KYForward article came one week after outgoing Herald-Leader honcho Tim Kelly penned a column of his own arguing the exact opposite, that in fact newspapers are not dying.

Regardless of where you stand on this question, one thing is clear: the KYForward article is hilarious.

Let’s dig in!

Farrell’s basic argument is about democracy being in danger from not just war and stuff, but also that the dying of newspapers means there’s no watchdogs on the ass of our government and leaders.

But this is not about jobs lost or new journalism graduates looking for jobs longer than their predecessors. This is about the threat to democracy by this dramatic decline in the ability of the news media to cover government.

And let’s be clear before continuing, it’s not that Farrell is necessarily wrong in anything he’s saying here, or that he himself is being hilarious. As is often the case with Newberry’s New Digital Media Empire, the writers are good and talented… it’s just their unfortunate venue makes their endeavors kinda, well, hilarious. Witness:

The reason we have that precious First Amendment guarantee of a news media independent of government interference is so that journalists can serve both as a watchdog on the activities of officials, elected and appointed, and also as an information channel to the citizens – those who support the government with our taxes and help choose its direction by voting.

Yes. The 1st Amendment! You remember that, don’t you? Of course you do, it’s that durn fickle thing that stopped Jim Newberry from removing a dirty blogger from a debate panel in last year’s Mayoral election — see here and here.

Oh, Jim Newberry, you old card.

His New Media Empire marches on…

At a time when technology allows government to become more sophisticated in its record-keeping, fewer reporters are available to dig below the pat answers and discover what the numbers really mean. Kentucky is blessed with a state auditor, but that office can’t begin to listen to the backroom whispers, match campaign contributions to legislative action and ask the tough questions about why a road to nowhere is needed.

It was around here we began to wonder if this whole article was just satire.

Recall, if you will, the Jim Newberry Administration. What do you remember?

Do you remember the Lexington Airport Scandal? Where the Mayor said nothing was wrong and told everyone to shut up. And the nasty newspaper reporters just kept digging away. Tens of thousands in wasteful spending, a culture of corruption… all uncovered by journalists at the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Do you remember the Kentucky League of Cities Scandal? Where the Mayor sat on the executive board and somehow failed to exercise any oversight over a ludicrously wasteful partytime at public expense. And then Jim plead ignorance and tried to look the other way. Again… journalists at the Lexington Herald-Leader.

There was the KACo Scandal. There was the library scandal. There was last summer’s whistleblower scandal that Newberry and all Newberry’s legion of doom attempted to silence in almost comical (yet very costly) fashion.

Kentucky is, indeed, “blessed with a state auditor” as Jim Newberry’s newfashioned media outlet writes, but in each of the cases above, the blessing of the state auditor came only after the Herald-Leader and other muckrakers raked up the muck.

Wirtes Farrell:

Reporting is not as simple as it seems; it involves a lot more than picking up a phone and asking a few questions of a public official eager to tell the reporter everything. It involves building relationships so that officials come to trust reporters and will answer questions; it involves understanding how a process, such as budgeting, works so that reporters understand and can ask the right questions.

Seriously?

Does no one at KyFwd read their own publication? Or do they just know absolutely nothing about Jim Newberry? Or is this a joke?

Or… is it just a backhanded F.U. directed at the Lexington Herald-Leader?

Because that’s Jim Newberry’s mission. That’s what he’s after. That’s why he and his Anonymous Coal Baron buddy set this whole operation up — they want to challenge the existing media structure because they don’t feel they’re getting a fair shake.

Those nasty journalists at the Herald-Leader are mean to poor ol’ King Coal, and those nasty journalists went and investigated corruption in Jim Newberry’s almost totally inconsequential reign as Mayor.

That’s why Kentucky Forward exists. And while they may wish the Herald-Leader disapears tomorrow, it’s still here now and it’s doing actual journalism.

Linda Blackford, Jennifer Hewlett, John Cheves… this hilarious Jim Newberry financed article is just a mean attack on them, on their work, on journalism. Whether Farrell intended it that way or not — that’s the purpose of the venue in which he writes.

Jim Newberry’s New Digital Media Empire turns one month old; Destroys the competition!

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June 2, 2011
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“We won’t do what others do enough of.” 
 –stated mission of KYForward.

So Jim Newberry’s new digital media empire turns one month old today.

Or, it would have turned one month old today — it was originally slated to launch May 2nd — if it hadn’t run into some pre-launch bad press and some reported behind-the-scenes conflicts over editorial control and coal baron money. But whatever. It launched.

And in honor of this one month milestone (many people didn’t even think it would get here), we decided to do a little roundup of what this new addition to the local media landscape has given us.

Is Jim Newberry winning his grudge-match with the Herald-Leader?

Is King Coal still running the KYForward show?

Are they covering the stories no one else covers? Are they filling the news void?

Let’s start with advertising.

This is where you’re getting your news, right?

After word leaked that Newberry’s operation was a front group for the Coal Industry, he and his team were quick to stress that the site was actually funded by advertising. One month in, though, the advertising hasn’t changed — it’s still just a collection of interconnected non-profits, for the most part, that share board members with KYForward. So no one seems to be buying the ad-space. Which doesn’t bode well. So if it’s not funded by advertising, who’s paying the bills? The mystery continues, as King Coal Millionaire Funder remains anonymous (which is antithetical to their stated core values) and Newberry & Co. are now claiming they are funding it out of their own pockets.

So the moneybags remains a mystery. How about the content?

Well, they did add a Twitter and Facebook share button. And some RSS functionality.

And they’ve also been shooting a lot of video. Which is pretty cool, as a supplement to stories, and we’d share one with you except… the videos aren’t on YouTube, they are all hosted locally and thus can’t be embedded elsewhere or easily shared. Which maybe makes sense for a large media outlet trying to maintain full ownership of its own content, but, as a bit of friendly advice, doesn’t make any sense for a website no one’s ever heard of. If it can’t be shared, it won’t be seen.

But it’s not just their embeddable videos that make the site a little clunky. For some reason we’ve not been able to figure out, we can’t actually embed any links to the Newberry’s new media empire… they just don’t work. It’s very strange and we’ve never seen anything quite like it. But we have found a work around, so let’s start the review.

KYForward did a lovely story previewing the upcoming Henry Clay tribute featuring John Boner, and since the link doesn’t work, you can check out the coverage from the Herald-Leader, BizLex,  here at B&P, or heck, the Greenfield Indiana Daily Reporter.

KYForward also previewed today’s CentrePointe meeting with Ms. Gang. Since the link won’t work,  you can read Beverly Fortune’s article in the Herald-Leader or a different article written by Tom Eblen.

KYForward wrote up a nice reveiw of Kentucky Proud. Here’s a press release about that group at Ed Lane’s linkable media empire.

KYForward profiled UK’s new president’s wife. Most of the basic details can also be found at North of Center.

KYForward reviewed the results of the University of Kentucky Appalachian Center’s “Re-Imaging Appalachia” photo contest. Here’s the Associated Press’s excellent coverage.

They honored the “Broodmare of the Month” and ran a op-ed claiming that Beshear snubbing the Navy SEALs was actually proof that Kentucky’s economy is on the right track. We can’t find any comparable coverage elsewhere. A void is filled. (Although, there’s this.)

KYForward looked at the “garbage worker remarks investigation,” and so did the Herald-Leader.

KYForward highlighted Pop’s Resale… read all about it at Kentucky.com.

KYForward looked back at Toyota’s 25 years in the Bluegrass. Check it out here, here, and here.

KYForward attended and wrote about Alltech’s recent symposium. Can’t link it, but you can read about at the Herald-Leader and at BizLex.

They also covered a lot of UK softball and minor league baseball — and we can safely say that there is no better destination on the web for those stories than KYForward. And they also did an admirable job over this first month covering Kentucky’s horse industry, giving KEEP and others a strong voice.

And those weren’t the only bright spots. They also entered into cross-publishing partnerships with two local (and great) bloggers, the Kaintuckeean and Unusual Kentucky.

So that’s it. In case you are one of the only people in town who’s not getting your news at Mayor No Consequence’s new media empire, you are now caught up. We look forward to checking back in next month — and hopefully by then we’ll have figured out how to make the outbound links work. We especially look forward to reviewing their new slate of advertisers since that’s how it’s all being paid for and not at all by a millionaire anonymous coal baron.

*update*
Also, we forgot to mention that the saddest thing about all this is that a lot of their young writers seem talented and genuine in their journalistic endeavor. It’s too bad that what on the surface isn’t the worst idea for a website is being directed by a grudge against the great local paper and several other outlets and funded by people of unclear motivations.

Daily Yonder: A State With Empty Bureaus

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May 26, 2011
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The Herald-Leader is closing its last Eastern Kentucky bureau as the probably profitable paper continues its struggle against the parent company’s debt obligations and the news industry remains in trouble and in transition.

Bill Bishop of the Daily Yonder has a great story up now on Dori Hjalmarson, the last bureau reporter, what the news bureaus meant to the region, and what is lost with their closing:

The reporters who worked Eastern Kentucky news bureaus helped change the nation and brought Kentucky together. The last bureau will close this week.

It’s fitting that Dori Hjalmarson’s story Sunday was about the decline in population in Breathitt County, Kentucky, as people abandon that coalfield county in search of work elsewhere because Dori is leaving, too.

Eastern Kentucky once had five major press news bureaus, but they’ve been closing as the business of newspapering has declined. The state’s largest newspaper, the Louisville Courier-Journal, closed its bureau in Hazard years ago. The Associated Press followed, closing its bureau in Pikeville.

At one time the Lexington Herald-Leader had three reporters living in Eastern Kentucky. Dori Hjalmarson was the last. She leaves her Pikeville office Friday and nobody is taking her place.
At one time, every county in Kentucky had daily delivery of the Courier-Journal and the paper had reporters in both Hazard, in the far east, and Paducah, at the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers.

It was hard to advance in management at the C-J unless you passed through the bureaus. That was the way you learned about the state — the whole state. Then — before the collapse of the newspaper business — the Courier-Journal saw itself as Kentucky’s newspaper.
The C-J and, later, the Herald-Leader sent their best reporters to rural Kentucky. David Hawpe worked out of the Hazard bureau, and became editor of the Courier-Journal. Frank Langfitt began at the Herald-Leader’s Hazard bureau and is now a foreign correspondent for National Public Radio.

Rural bureau reporters in Kentucky were journalistic cops-on-the-beat in their territories. If a person (or a community) was a victim of injustice, the bureau reporter would get a call.

There’s more, of course, on Dori and on history and on the disappearing counties of coal country — at the Daily Yonder.

And let’s take a moment here to also recall Jim Newberry’s Coal-Funded Media Death Star, formed to challenge the stories and strength of the Herald-Leader… right at the time the great H-L needs it least. Way to go, Jim. Way to go.

Jim Newberry remains your New Media Overlord

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May 24, 2011
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Admittedly, Jim Newberry’s New Media Digital Empire To Crush The Soul Of The Unbelievers And Smite His Lexington Enemies is having some trouble catching up with basic interweb best practices and, well, lots of other journalistic practices.

But don’t worry, because we learn via the Twitter Machine that the Mayor of No Consequence is quickly learning up on this whole internet thing that the kids and Ashton are talking about:

It might have been a good idea to find out what social media was before he decided to become a New Media Overlord, but better late than never, I guess.

I won’t bother showing you that boring YouTube video that Jim Newberry says you have to see, but this does give me yet another excuse to share THE ASHTON.

It’s Not Coal Money, it’s Jim Newberry’s Personal Fortune!

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May 23, 2011
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Jim Newberry’s web-based mega media conglomerate that is daily redefining local reporting and how we use the web and understand our world (but how should we understand our world?) has launched to a rockin’ start. Or a rocky one.

First, word leaked out before they’d got around to making an official announcement. Then it became clear the whole operation was facilitated by the folks behind King Coal astrotrufers FACES of Coal. Then everyone under the sun was talking about how the whole shebang was funded by a mega-rich Coal dude who wanted to “redefine” news coverage. And of course the ex-Mayor’s holding a massive grudge against the Herald-Leader for doing actual journalism during his one (inconsequential) term.

And then, finally, they launched. Early. Too early. And badly. The site still looks like a mess and that may be due to displaced priorities — like, ass-covering.

All the coal revelations seem to have made some on staff (like, trained journalists) a little uncomfortable with the mission of Jim Newberry’s internet experiment. Apparently, not everyone was up front with the new hires about what, exactly, they were to be doing.

So, Newberry’s team announced that the site was actually funded by “advertising.”

Most of which three weeks in still appears to be either paid for or gifted to corollary organizations (from the co-founder’s non-profit to the radio network that last week was focus of a prominent, laudatory and lengthy profile).

So, since the advertising is going so badly, and the King Coal money must be hidden from sight, Newberry and Clabes (the Woodward and Bernstein of the Bluegrass?) are pitching a new story… which they told the Herald-Leader (which is a newspaper… and a website… with news).

The site will focus on what its founders, who say they had mulled the idea for years, think are under-served niches in local media.

“We’re not going to do the breaking news that traditional media does,” explained Clabes….

“It’s sort of easier to say what we won’t do.”

….

The organization will be supported by online advertising sales, but is being supported by private dollars for now.

“It’s mostly Jim’s and mine to start,” she said of the source of funding. “We’re putting together legal paperwork to offer shares to people who might be interested.”

The most hilarious part about this story — what really amounts to the Newberry’s official announcement to the people of Kentucky for this new venture — is that the Herald-Leader buried it, giving it second billing to an actual contender for King of All Kentucky Media, Matt Jones.

But the notion that Newberry is self-funding this venture is amusing, too. The cagey answer is obviously meant to deflect the Herald-Leader’s obvious question (“No! Of course it’s not coal money! It’s our money!”) while at the same time explain away the lack of any real advertising on the site.

So it’s all self-funded. Or… mostly. I guess that was the operative word there. Which is a shade away from kinda. Anyway, hide away a few liberty trinkets, and a share of Jim Newberry’s empire could soon be yours.

And finally… for an interesting metric (you know, for fun, or if you’re a potential advertiser) over the past week, Newberry’s site has been twitted about 72 times, but if you exclude Newberry himself and all the twits of his employees, and if you also don’t count tweets by subjects of the articles or their affiliates, only five Twitter users appear to have noticed the site exists (four of them go there for the thorough NCAA and minor league base-ball news… which maybe we’ll get to another time).

Happy Birthday, Pop’s Resale!

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May 20, 2011
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You know what’s great?

Pop’s Resale.

The Leestown Rd. store that has pretty much everything you’d ever need to brighten your own day or the lives of your loved ones is celebrating its 15th Birthday on Saturday.

There will be live music.

Rich Copley at the Herald-Leader has the Pop’s Story:

On Saturday, the shop is celebrating its 15th birthday with a big show featuring The Royal Batfangs, Sundown Service, Spooky Qs, J. Marinelli and His Angry Young 1-Man, Slate Dump, O Leandario Chucrobillyman and DJ Otis Badass.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” proprietor Dan “Pop” Shorr says, walking along an aisle between the store’s bins of more than 80,000 vinyl records. “I’m never going to get rich doing this, so it’s great if we can have fun.”

Shorr says he and his wife, Sharon Shorr, opened Pops in 1996, when he decided to make a career change. He had been in the car audio business but could see that industry was in decline because more car manufacturers were installing high-quality sound systems of their own.
They opened Pops Resale Shop at the height of the CD era, but going against the dominant music media of the time, Shorr dipped into his own collection of 5,000 records and put out a few bins of vinyl.

The festivities start at 11AM and run all day, with food from Indi’s, Goodfellas and the Meadowthorpe Cafe, with sales sales sales all day long.

So obviously you should drop by.

Also, isn’t it nice to have a news publication here in town that covers stories like this? That lets you know what’s going on around town, and brings the remarkable stories of our local businesses to a larger audience?

Jim Newberry Internet Challenges: Facebook Best Practices

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May 16, 2011
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Out of kindly regard and neighborly respect, we turn our attention briefly to Jim Newberry’s new media empire. About an hour ago, they bombed Facebook with a shock and awe-like attack of updates.

The internet is difficult to use and takes some time to understand, especially when you’re just getting started.

As such, we’ll refer Jim Newberry’s coal-powered staff to a couple of Facebook Pages “Best Practices” guides… there’s the official Facebook guide (PDF) and there’s also this one on scribd which reads, right up front:

Status Updates Status updates are the bread and butter of Facebook Pages. They are your primary source of communication and through likes and comments the primary source of interaction by your fans. Here are some tips for getting the most out of your updates:

Update Frequently – But not too frequently – You want to find that happy medium where your fans are engaged but not turned off. Your updates will appear in your fans’ home feeds, so you should provide content that will be of interest to them. You want your page to be active, since it in turn reflects on the activity of your organization, but you don’t want to appear spammy.

We really want you guys to succeed but we fear the community’s patience runs out before the coal money does if you keep that up. So take this as some helpful and constructive criticism.

Also, for those of you who aren’t reading their site (and how can you not be? That’s where everyone’s getting their news now), you missed a stirring defense of Beshear’s Obama Snub, a CentrePointeless essay from Harold Tate, and all of the college baseball news you could ever want (covered no where else, thus fulfilling their mission by filling a void).

There was also a new “lexplained” (about the garbage truck drivers and LFUCG investigating comments made about them) which didn’t quite fulfill their mission as it came a couple days after the Herald-Leader explained basically the same thing.

We hope Jim Newberry’s new media empire continues its exponential growth and that it hones its best practices going forward.

Jim Newberry’s civil discourse

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May 12, 2011
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–WRITTEN BY MEDIA CZECH, rescued from the great Blogger rapture of May 12th, 2011.

Jim Newberry’s new Digital Media Empire to Crush the Souls of the Unbelievers is off to a wildly successful start, as it has become the go-to online destination for Lexingtonians to catch up on college baseball and horses that won a race ten years ago.
We mentioned this Monday, but I think KY Forward’s “civility pledge” deserves another look:

The KyForward team is committed to developing a Civil Discourse pledge for ourselves and reader-responders to our website. We recognize the importance of changing the tone of the conversation around public issues and believe that solutions can only be advanced when all voices are respectfully heard so that workable compromises can be forged in a free society. We understand that the compelling issues we face today have no easy fixes, but that a democracy requires “common views of common” people and thoughtful dialogue is the best way to find the common ground.

Here is an example of a pledge developed by the Arizona Humanities Council that we think covers the principles we would want to embrace.

“I pledge to engage in the basic principles of civil discourse: to respect diverse points of view, listen with an open mind and speak with integrity. I call upon all civic leaders to meet the challenge of solving difficult social issues by adhering to these principles, thereby creating a better world for ourselves and future generations.”

— Arizona Humanities Council

What should our Civil Discourse pledge say? How would you write it? What kind of pledge would you like to sign – and would encourage others to sign?

For now, let’s look beyond the odd Arizona reference or the familiar KY Forward call for other people to do their work for them. Civil discourse, changing the tone, respect, thoughtful dialogue… heck yeah that sounds great!

But it kind of reminded me of an email that Jim Newberry sent out to his supporters just before he was unceremoniously fired by the citizens of Lexington in his blowout loss last November. You may remember these excerpts from this oldie but goodie:

Subject: Liar

*****

Let me be clear: Jim Gray is a liar, pure and simple.

*****

Jim Gray is like a spoiled child…

*****

Jim Gray stands alone … a liar … delusional … debasing himself…

*****

Jim Gray is a liar.

Civil discourse, FTW!

I wonder what Ernesto Scorsone thinks about Jim Newberry’s commitment to civil discourse?

Or maybe this is all nothing of any consequence?

Oh, that’s just crazy talk. KY Forward is possibly the most important thing ever, the beginning of a great and powerful empire that will launch Jim Newberry back into relevance and power. No lie. Or delusional debasing, we swear.

As KYForward flourishes, the Herald-Leader cuts jobs

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May 10, 2011
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Anyone who suggests that Jim Newberry and his deep pocketed coal baron buddies aren’t out to get the Herald-Leader is, well, as far as we can tell, probably working for Jim Newberry and KYForward.

So what would already be terrible news is now also unfortunately timed news:

The Herald-Leader announced more cuts to its work force Monday. Publisher Timothy M. Kelly said the newspaper’s revenue trends “remain negative year-over-year. … As a result, we must continue to look for ways to offset shortfalls by managing expenses.”

The company will eliminate 15 positions, including four that are vacant. According to Kelly, voluntary severance options will be offered in some work groups; others will be involuntary. The affected employees and work groups, which are in the newspaper’s advertising, news and operations divisions, were notified Monday.

It’s a damn shame.

And its downright sad that Newberry has created this KYForward outfit to attack the local paper as though it wasn’t a true treasure.

Better source of news? The man is literally unbelievable.

So our thoughts go out to the folks at the Herald-Leader.

And our congrats, once again, go out to our new neighbors at KYForward.com. Apparently doing the bidding of King Coal really was the smartest way to go.

Victory on this day goes to Newberry, Clabes and all the opposite tenets of good journalism.

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