LTM Ignores Its Inherent Internal Conflicts
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.