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Saturday, August 23, 2008

08/23/08 For What It's Worth: Chris Fountain Has Been Nominated To Be The Haed Of ""Greenwich's coven of blackguard Bloggers".

Chris Fountain At For What It's Worth Received A Comment From A Couple Of Anonymous Bloggers

The first commentator said....

"That headline does it - I'm canceling my subscription. Who needs the GT anyway? Between your blog and the greenwichroundup blog, I get all the news I need, with intelligence and good humor."

The second commentator chirped in eight hours later with....

"All the coven of blackguard bloggers about Greenwich do is aggregate content from the newspapers; and if they disappeared they would have to take out their feeding tubes and try to find out what was going on."

I wished I had received the same comment, because I liked it so much I would have called Greenwich Roundup The Home Of " "Greenwich's coven of blackguard Bloggers" !!!!!

But Chris was two steps a head of me and told commenter number two....

"Love it! I've added the phrase to my header. Thanks."

So Now the Blog is known as.....

Go To The Blackguard Blog via this link and read the comments and Chris's response....

Link: http://greenwichrealestate.blogspot.com/2008/08/copy-editor-greenwich-time-fresh-from.html

And for anonymous commentator number two there are all ready towns in Connecticut and New York that have independent reporters and are monetized and commercially viable.

Moreover, they are not tied down by the expensive and inefficient process of producing a broad sheet newspaper every morning.

Please take a look at....

theloop: getinloop.com

TheLoop is the source of news and information for Larchmont, Mamaroneck, ... Equal Opportunity Shopping So a while back on The Loop, I got a lot of flak ...

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In fact, Here Is A News Flash For What It's Worth's Anonymous commentator number two.

The Greenwich Time's former editor and reporters who were recently fired had looked into developing an independent news website for Greenwich that would accept ads and compete head to head against Hearst Media's Greenwich Time property and possibly the Stamford Advocate property.

The big hold up was the $25,000 - $35,000 estimated cost of setting up a corporate web site with an IT guy.
Of coarse a bunch of corporate suits and a bunch of journalism majors are not able to think outside of the box.....

But a bunch of independent minded local bloggers could band together and form an independent news website if monetized would put the final nail in the Greenwich Time coffin.

The Greenwich Time had better pray to god that....

don't team up and join .....

"Greenwich's coven of blackguard Bloggers"

However, I some how don't think that Pastor Nick at Harvest Time Church will allow his blogs to be a part of ......

"Greenwich's coven of blackguard Bloggers"

Anonymous Commentator Number Two May Soon Be Getting His News Exclusively From The News Team Of "Greenwich's coven of blackguard Bloggers"

Please see:

06/16/08 The Greenwich Post Editor Looks Like A Fool By Running Parks Depepartment Press Releases Through A Spell Checker And Then Publishing Them As News

The sad fact is that Hearst Media's two local newspapers and the Greenwich Post are doing a piss poor job of looking out for the interests of their true customers ....

The news reading public of Greenwich

A dwindling and disgusted readership at the Greenwich Time is bringing radical changes at that newspaper year after year after year.

The reason this is happening is that Greenwich news editors are taking their news reading customers for granted. The editors of the Greenwich Citizen, Greenwich Post and the Greenwich Time forgot all about.....

"The job of the newspaper is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable."

Finley Peter Dunne

This famous quote is about a hundred years old and just as true today as it was then.

Bad journalism comforts the comfortable and afflicts the afflicted.

That is a breach of journalistic duty.

We need local journalists to step up to the plate and get at the truth and to keep watch against abuses of power and if the mainstream media won't do it the bloggers an citizen journalists will !!!!!

It is not like mainstream journalists at the Greenwich Time were not repeatedly warned that being lazy journalist could cause them to lose their jobs.

Read the end of this Greenwich Roundup Post about how news reporting was being outsourced....

04/28/08 - Do you really think it was Greenwich Senior Citizens Who Were Involved In Counterfeiting Beach Passes

  • Town Of Greenwich Is Going To Put An End To The Senior Citizen Beach Card Counterfeiting Gangs.

    Park's Department Head Joseph Siciliano has another dumb idea.

    Joesph Siciliano is going to put holograms on senior citizen passes this year in order to stop the beach pass counterfeiters in Town.

    Who the heck is going to make fake senior citizen beach passes?

    Duh, Would Someone Please Tell Joseph Sicilano The Town Of Greenwich gives out senior citizen beach for
    FREE !!!

    Why isn't Joseph Siciliano smart enough to put the holograms on this years beach card, which costs $27 per person?

    Better yet why isn't Joseph Siciliano smart enough to get holograms on parking stickers that cost $100 each?

    Why isn't Joseph Sicilano smart enough to protect the taxpayers by calling one of the hundreds of firms that quickly deliver holograms?

    Affordable Holograms USA

    Hologram labels, stickers, ID card
    products with
  • same day service.

    It's easy to get 1,000 holigrams for less than $200.

    Here Is A Good Example Of
    Incompetent-High-Paid Greenwich Town Administrators Pretending To Be At Work....

    Currently, beach cards have the town seal printed on them as well as a bar code, though the town does not plan to scan the bar codes until next year.

    Why isn't Joseph Siciliano smart enough to realize that Hand-held bar code scanners are cheap !!!!

    3800G Barcode Scanners
    New 3800G Replaces 3800LR-12
    Readers $138.61

    The Park pass bar codes are going to be in sequential order.

    It is very easy to program a barcode scanner to accept pass numbers 00001 - 19145 and to reject all of the other numbers.

    When is the Greenwich News Media Outlets Going To Start Asking Objective Questions That Deliver Hard Hitting Journalism That Protects The Single Family Home Owners And Taxpayers Of Greenwich?

    Please read this Greenwich Time article and tell me if you see one quote from a Greenwich citizen or an opposing politician that thinks the public trust has been violated and that tax dollars are being mismanaged.
    Beach cards to get holograms.......

  • .......Warning:
    Weak Reporting Can Be Outsourced To India

    Surprise!!!!.....Indians speak English and can run press releases through a spell check....

    Complete Greenwich RTM Meetings can now viewed by an Indian Reporter via the internet.

    An Indian Reporter can make a free skype call to get a quote from the First Selectman, School Superintendent or any other public official listed on the Town Web Site.

    Photo's can be emailed to India.

    Technology Marches On....

    Weak local news reporting

    can and has beeen

    outsourced to India

    Your city's news - from India

    The job posting was a head-scratcher:

    "We seek a newspaper journalist based in India to report on the city government and political scene of Pasadena, California, USA."

    Outsourcing first claimed manufacturing jobs, then hit services such as technical support, airline reservations and tax preparation. Now comes the next frontier: local journalism. ...

    Read The Full Story:

    A news site hires two to cover Pasadena from afar. That helps a shoestring budget go further.

    By Alex Pham

    Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

    May 11, 2007

    When is local journalism not really local? When it's about Pasadena and written by someone in India. James Macpherson, editor and publisher of the Pasadena Now website, hired two reporters last weekend to cover the Pasadena City Council.

    One lives in Mumbai and will be paid $12,000 a year. The other will work in Bangalore for $7,200. The council broadcasts its meetings on the Web. From nearly 9,000 miles away, the outsourced journalists plan to watch, then write their stories while their boss sleeps India is 12.5 hours ahead of Pacific Standard Time. "A lot of the routine stuff we do can be done by really talented people in another time zone at much lower wages," said Macpherson, 51, who used to run a clothing business with manufacturing help from Vietnam and India.

    So, on the Indian version of Craigslist, he posted an ad that said in part, "We do not believe that geographic distance between California and India will present unsurmountable problems, and that working together with you will result in your development of a keen working knowledge of this city's affairs." Dozens replied. One of the two chosen had attended the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Rob Gunnison, the director of school affairs there, is dismayed. "It just seems so fundamental to journalism to be there," Gunnison said. "I still can't quite believe it's not a hoax."

    It's not. Macpherson plans to run his first batch of outsourced stories Tuesday. The Pasadena native runs the website, which he said gets 45,000 visitors a month, on a shoestring budget from his condo with help from his wife, a data entry worker and two interns. Macpherson plans to hire half a dozen more Indian reporters. He'll add some local flavor by doing interviews, then e-mailing the recordings to India. "When you instant-message someone in Mumbai, it's like looking over her shoulder," he said.

    Larry Wilson, editor of the 30,000-circulation Pasadena Star-News newspaper, scoffed. "To pretend you can get the feel and the culture of a town as complicated and interesting as Pasadena by e-mailing and doing things over the Internet is nutty," he said.



    Ann Erdman, spokeswoman for the city of Pasadena, thinks the approach is a little odd. But "as long as they get their facts correct, I'm a happy camper," she said.


Please See:

05/13/08 - Heard it Through The Grapevine - Local Newspaper May Be Living On Borrowed Time

The Money Losing And Subscriber Losing Greenwich Time May Became A Local News Bureau Of A Bridgeport News Paper.

Hearst is already printing The Stamford Advocate, The Norwalk Advocate and the The Greenwich Time at the Connecticut Post plant in Bridgeport.

Please Also See:

Hearst buys Connecticut Post, assumes control of News-Time


BRIDGEPORT - Hearst Corp. announced Friday it has bought the Connecticut Post and seven non-daily newspapers from Denver-based MediaNews Group Inc. for an undisclosed amount.

MNG Chief Executive Officer Dean Singleton made the announcement to Post staff in the newsroom. It was eight years after Singleton's privately held company bought the Post and five non-dailies from Thomson Newspapers Inc.

.Hearst is also taking control of The Advocate of Stamford, Greenwich Time, The News-Times of Danbury and the New Milford Spectrum, which MNG had been managing, through a joint operating agreement. The combined circulation of Hearst's Connecticut properties is 137,000 daily, 151,000 on Sunday and 53,000 non-daily. Brooks Community Newspapers' seven weeklies, the Darien News-Review, Greenwich Citizen.....


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"Greenwich's coven of blackguard Bloggers"

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