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Media Matters asks if the Dispatch is in the tank for Kasich

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  • #546135

    jackoh
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    Does anyone consider the Dispatch to be relevant anymore? You can literally see it disappearing before your very eyes. Soon it will be the size of a few squares of toilet paper, and worth about as much. My lament for the demise of the Dispatch centers on the fact that I used to use it to fire up the chimney for my charcoal grill. Now I have to use the NY Times for that, and I consider that to be a desecration.

    #546136

    Mercurius
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    Dirtgirl nailed it.

    The Dispatch Politics bureau columnists(i.e. Joe Hallett & Tom Suddes) are doing a decent job of covering Ohio politics. I’d argue that they do a better job than any other mainstream paper (Gongwer does better — but doesn’t offer accessibility to the general public.)

    The editorial board is a different animal:

    Dispatch editorials express the view of the Dispatch editorial board, which is made up of the publisher, the president of The Dispatch, the editor and the editorial-writing staff. As is the traditional newspaper practice, the editorials are unsigned and intended to be seen as the voice of the newspaper.

    The editorial board consists of:
    John F. Wolfe: Chairman and Publisher
    Michael J. Fiorile: President and Chief Executive Officer
    Jon B. Schwantes: Corporate Director of News
    Benjamin J. Marrison: Editor
    Glenn Sheller: Editorial Page Editor

    …and I’d imagine John F. Wolfe’s[/url] voice is a bit disproportionately big. The editorial board has never endorsed a Democrat for president.

    Exceperts from an old Columbus Monthly story that doesn’t touch much on John F Wolfe — but gives you a good idea of the family:

    …Owning both the Journal and the Dispatch, the Wolfe brothers became Republicans to be reckoned with. In later years, they supported Teddy Roosevelt, Warren Harding, Calvin Coolidge and Herbert Hoover. Harding, a native of Marion, Ohio, was said to spend considerable time at the Wigwam, the Wolfe retreat a few miles southeast of Reynoldsburg. The Wolfes also supported Woodrow Wilson until he disappointed them by backing the League of Nations when they favored an isolationist foreign policy. Harry Wolfe particularly despised the New Deal policies of Franklin Roosevelt during the Depression, believing Roosevelt’s social reforms would turn the country toward socialism…at the Wigwam, where the Wolfes often entertained politicians and celebrities and sometimes made business deals… Harry played a powerful role in downtown development projects and served on the first Federal Reserve Board, the national bank regulatory agency, from 1913 to 1921.

    “The Wolfes had all the power prior to World War II,” recalls one civic leader. “Then Columbus began to grow after the war and more families got involved. But the Wolfes still had veto power. The talk around town was that if you wanted something done, you had to have it cleared with the Wolfes. It may have been a myth, but that is what people thought. And in those days, to get a call from the Wolfes was like word from God.”

    …At the Ohio Company, John W. appears to ascribe to the Autocratic Oath of management style; he’s clearly in control and lets others know it. During a trip to Italy, he bought several ashtrays depicting the story of Romulus and Remus—twin brothers suckled by a she-wolf. Back at the Ohio Company, John W. distributed the ashtrays to certain employees as a reminder of who “feeds” them.

    Unlike some of his more reticent relatives, John W. hasn’t hesitated to use his power. Within the past decade he has:

    • Used the Dispatch to help defeat a tax levy for the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) because he was angry at Will Hellerman, a Nationwide Insurance executive who was then COTA’s chairman.

    • Persuaded Gov. James Rhodes, a close political ally, to eliminate Ohio’s health planning agencies. Wolfe was angry at the Mid-Ohio Health Planning Federation and its director, Gordon Labuhn, for opposing his plan to build a $40 million cancer research hospital at Ohio State University.

    • Resigned in 1984 from the University Hospitals board of trustees, citing his dissatisfaction with hospital administration and the huge sums earned by doctors in private practice there. Dr. Larry Carey, a principal target of Wolfe’s ire, was soon forced to resign as chairman of OSU’s department of surgery. OSU’s practice plan has since been revamped.

    • Resigned from the board of Battelle Commons, the not-for-profit corporation formed to build and operate the Ohio Center, because he was angry at its director, Clyde Tipton. Wolfe said he believed the project was being incompetently managed. Tipton was replaced as director of the Ohio Center…

    Yet, it seems unlikely that the Wolfes would sell the Dispatch and the Ohio Company. Those businesses are the cornerstones of their powerbase, and it’s difficult to imagine John Walton Wolfe as just another rich, retired businessman. He appears to like the ability, when a project or an issue stirs him, to exert some influence—either actively or simply by letting his opinions be known.

    #546137

    InnerCore
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    rus said:

    Still, most people get their news from tv and there is some diversity there, yes?

    I’m assuming you’re being facetious I’ll answer regardless. The dispatch owns CBS. Of the three other networks ABC and Fox are owned by Sinclair (conservative) leaving only NBC.

    I know shocking for to know the “liberal media” is owned by conservatives.

    #546138
    rus
    rus
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    InnerCore said:
    I know shocking for to know the “liberal media” is owned by conservatives.

    Eh. Figure traditional media is owned by people who want to make money.

    If they can make money pushing a “liberal” agenda, they would. It’s not like people haven’t tried.

    #546139

    GCrites80s
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    All the local news talks about is crime, weather, the Buckeyes and high school sports anyway, so there’s little room for agenda. And spending that much time talking about crime and high school is inherently conservative.

    #546140
    rus
    rus
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    myliftkk said:
    It’s quite possible to build an adversarial news reporting media company in the digital domain without incurring the extensive capital needed to create a printed sheet of material. There’s obviously a demand for one, as the Other Paper wouldn’t have been worth buying otherwise, but it’s takes a certain type of individual(s) to successfully run one.

    So, how come no one has apparently done that locally? Just none of those certain types of individual(s)? This a relatively unnoticed business opportunity?

    #546141

    pilsner
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    rus said:
    So, how come no one has apparently done that locally? Just none of those certain types of individual(s)? This a relatively unnoticed business opportunity?

    Rus, there’s not much money to be made publishing a newspaper. The big money is made by monopoly owners like the Wolfes who own the Dispatch by manipulating the news coverage to further their financial interests. For example, the Wolfes were minority owners of the Blue Jackets and Nationwide Arena and scored a huge payday from the $240 MILLION hockey arena bailout.

    The Wolfes don’t hesitate to align themselves with Democrats such as all Dem City Hall as long as those Dems will do the bidding for the Wolfes. Mayor Coleman and Boss Ginther and the rest of City Council who rely on Ginther for most of their campaign funds all scratch backs for each other.

    It’s the return of the Citizen Kane era.

    #546142
    rus
    rus
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    pilsner said:
    Rus, there’s not much money to be made publishing a newspaper. The big money is made by monopoly owners like the Wolfes who own the Dispatch by manipulating the news coverage to further their financial interests.

    Physical paper, perhaps, but as for a news service that publishes online the costs are lower, yes?

    Like a site that carries local stories, has a discussion section, and does some of their own reporting, even if such reporting is largely limited to restaurant reviews.

    A true monopoly would limit the supply of raw material and/or prevent competition for the final product. In the case of news reporting, what limits who can report on current events? What prevents a competitor from publishing their reporting online ( where, per gallup, more people are looking )?

    #546143

    GCrites80s
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    pilsner said:
    Rus, there’s not much money to be made publishing a newspaper. The big money is made by monopoly owners like the Wolfes who own the Dispatch by manipulating the news coverage to further their financial interests. For example, the Wolfes were minority owners of the Blue Jackets and Nationwide Arena and scored a huge payday from the $240 MILLION hockey arena bailout.

    The Wolfes don’t hesitate to align themselves with Democrats such as all Dem City Hall as long as those Dems will do the bidding for the Wolfes. Mayor Coleman and Boss Ginther and the rest of City Council who rely on Ginther for most of their campaign funds all scratch backs for each other.

    It’s the return of the Citizen Kane era.

    They can get away with that kind of stuff because so few people here now are actually from here and they don’t know how all this stuff works. People who are actually from here and haven’t bolted just let it slide because “that’s the way it is” or they’re in on it themselves.

    #546144

    RedStorm
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    InnerCore said:
    I’m assuming you’re being facetious I’ll answer regardless. The dispatch owns CBS. Of the three other networks ABC and Fox are owned by Sinclair (conservative) leaving only NBC.

    I know shocking for to know the “liberal media” is owned by conservatives.

    I hope you know the difference between local media outlets and national organizations.

    #546145

    InnerCore
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    RedStorm said:
    I hope you know the difference between local media outlets and national organizations.

    Yes, I’m talking about the local ones, as in the ones that actually handle the news.

    #546146

    RedStorm
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    Then do you not realize the “liberal media” arguments are largely based on the national-scale organizations, not local affiliates?

    #546147

    kit444
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    RedStorm said:
    Then do you not realize the “liberal media” arguments are largely based on the national-scale organizations, not local affiliates?

    Are News Corp, Disney, Viacom, et al “liberal” corporations?

    #546148

    RedStorm
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    kit444 said:
    Are News Corp, Disney, Viacom, et al “liberal” corporations?

    I was just saying that the general premise of the “liberal media” is based on the national organizations and the content they provide, and the way it is provided. It is also largely based on political donations of the staff, writers, etc. which can often swing heavily left (I believe there was a study on this for the 2012 elections, forget what it found though). My point was that to suggest the local market in Columbus being owned by more “conservative” individuals as a counter-point to the greater “liberal media” narrative doesn’t really work. I’ve never heard anyone argue that media in Columbus has a liberal-bias, at least not to the extent you hear about the national organizations.

    #546149
    rus
    rus
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    RedStorm said:
    I’ve never heard anyone argue that media in Columbus has a liberal-bias

    I think some here are complaining it’s not liberal-biased enough.

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