I called The Virginian Pilot today and cancelled my subscription at the renewal date in a couple of weeks.
This was a big move for me because I’ve been a subscriber for over 15 years, but I just can’t take them anymore. It’s too bad we don’t have another choice for written news Virginia Beach.
I’m not saying the Pilot is a crazy, in your face, left-wing rag like the New York or LA Times. The Pilot is more subtle than that.
Articles critical of John McCain have a tendency to be A-1 and A-2 news, whereas complimentary pieces on Barack Obama will occupy the same pages. Positive articles on McCain typically land in the nether regions of the A section and negative Obama columns are extremely difficult to find.
It’s frustrating. Of course today would have to be an exception with a nice article about McCain with local ties making it above the fold on the front page. That figures.
I would suggest this to the Pilot’s staff, for the next election cycle have a Candidate’s Page on A-2 or 3 with all the day’s pertinent information there. If something is deemed particularly newsworthy then put it on the front, otherwise leave it on the Candidate’s page.
This will help eliminate the reader’s sense of bias by grouping all the information together.
The Pilot, while printing McCain – Palin attack articles has chosen to not allow the NRA to use anti – Obama ads. The ads were to be plastic bags to hold the paper and the Pilot feared it would appear as the paper’s endorsement of McCain.
Anyone who’s read the Pilot knows that’s not the case.
My apologies to “D”, a Virginian Pilot employee and a great friend.