LTM Ignores Its Inherent Internal Conflicts

By Loudoun Insider

I’ve been curious to see how the Loudoun Times Mirror would handle the ongoing OpenBand saga since the LTM is partly owned by Bill Dean, President of MC Dean, owner of OpenBand.  I guess thye’ve simly decided to ignore it and not report on it at all, even though it is a big local news story.  The Loudoun BOS asked Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to weigh in on the exclusive telecom easement situation in communities served by OpenBand, and now the Broadlands Southern Walk HOA has filed a federal lawsuit against OpenBand.  But you won’t find any coverage of these issues at the LTM, you’ll need to turn to Leesburg Today, which has stories on each issue here and here.  What will happen with coverage for candidates Dean endorses now and their opponents, since MC Dean is a huge political donor?  Differential coverage there as well?

UPDATE:  I’ve been arrogantly chastised via email by an LTM reporter, in that disdainful way that paid reporters have for bloggers, that the LTM has covered the Cuccinelli and lawsuit stories.  Well, there is a link to a Cuccinelli story that was forwarded to me, but I, as a several time daily reader of the LTM website, never saw it online.  Perhaps this latest story on the lawsuit, showing up days after the Leesburg Today story and this blog post gives some clue as to why the first one wasn’t noticied.  Although showing up for the first time today, the story is already eight stories down the right hand running margin of teeny stories (go to the front page here to see).  So there, intrepid LTM reporter, I mentioned the articles.


  • edmundburkenator says:

    Newspapers (and radio, and TV, and now blogs) are owned by people. Sometimes these people have motives. Most of the time they are profit motives.

    This is why this blog and others have expanding roles in the information landscape.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    Unfortunately too many blogs are now ruled by the profit motive as well.

  • Robin Crabtree says:

    And sometimes newspaper owners buy up multiple papers in say, the 10th district, and look to make money easier to come by by donating to and promoting their candidates for political office who will ensure the abuses of laws that put Openband where it is today can continue. As a registered republican, I would like to hear from Minchew on how he get get my vote in thre primary and the general election.

  • Mary Gail Swenson says:

    Sorry, Robin. Too many people insist that they are registered in one party or another in Virginia. There is no registration by party in our state, although over the years I have lobbied legislators to change that. It would certainly make life easier for both parties, who spend a lot of time and money and volunteer angst to identify voters and their party.

  • Barbara Munsey says:

    Amen, Mrs. Swenson.

    I would add my “sorry Robin” to the fact that Openband may not be a countywide flaming torch and pitchfork, no matter how much some may like it to be.

    Let’s wait and see what the AG says about it, and in the meantime, there are other issues if people want to talk about conflicts within the press.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    It is just very interesting that the delay of WAGE getting its signal up got two news stories and an editorial in a couple months, yet these OpenBand stories get absolutely no coverage at the LTM. Or that an alternative Ashburn high school site twice rejected can get a big story at the LTM, but nothing on OpenBand.

  • edmundburkenator says:

    “…and in the meantime, there are other issues if people want to talk about conflicts within the press.”

    Do tell…

  • Robin Crabtree says:

    Mary Gail: in 1980, when I registered to vote at the PWC courthouse, there was indeed a box to check whether one was a republican, a democrat or other. That is not to say that, since that time, this practice has been eliminated.
    I agree it is desirable to have only party members voting in their respective primaries, which is likely why you are pressing legislators.

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