A number of years back, I decided never to buy another StatesmanJournal newspaper as long as Dick Hughes was there. I have my reasons, and many of them parallel Mr. Hines' reasons here; I just tend to view him as arrogant and self-righteous.
As for the SJ's investigative reporters, I don't know if they just aren't up to the job or if they are good reporters whose work the editors quash -- whether to please their corporate masters, or their Chamber of Commerce overlords, or whatever. I tend to believe the latter -- those in charge keep them under control in order to avoid offending their corporate bosses, the C of C, or the City Council (which, after all, is pretty much hand-picked by the C of C.)
But regardless, solely on the basis of what we get to see in print, I think Mr. Hines is the best investigative reporter currently writing in Salem. Keep it up; as you said, the SJ has definitely failed us and continues to do so.
Well, thanks James. You might be right, but for reasons that don't make me as proud as I would be if the Investigative Reporter Competition in this town was fairly run.
Like Mr. Schultz said, methinks, along with him, that Statesman Journal reporters are leashed quite tightly by newpaper executives when they start to tread into territory Where The Wild Truth Lies.
Namely, how the Salem-Area Chamber of Commerce does its best to run this town with the willing (money talks!) compliance of the City Council and city officials.
Isn't it interesting how the Statesman Journal will investigate, to offer one example, the Willamette ESD obsessively, yet ignores malfeasance at City Hall -- even when an investigative report is handed to them on a journalistic platter?
James, I'm sure you'll be interested in my upcoming Truth Bomb about the journalistic ethical missteps of editorial page editor Dick Hughes. I'll share some previously unshared information about complaints I filed against him with the Gannett Corporation, and how this turned out.