Daily Chronicle: Culture Maven Goes Paperless

Posted: June 17th, 2015 | Filed under: Culture | 6 Comments »

3chronicleThis is not a happy day.

This is not how I thought it would end.

But, as someone more eloquent than myself once observed: All things must pass.

Just minutes ago, I cancelled my subscription to the Courier-Journal.

It is hard for me to fathom that I took that action, that I wrote that sentence.

Since the 5th grade, which was back in 19noneofyourbusiness — okay, the mid 1950s — I have read the paper first thing in the morning.

As a kid, I was the first one up. I’d go outside, get the C-J, read it with my cereal and milk. Then I’d be careful to fold the sections back up, as delivered, so my father wouldn’t complain.

When I went off to college in Virginia, I had the paper delivered mailed. Even a day or two later, it was always worth it.

I don’t know that I need to explain to anybody with any recent experience with the Courier-Journal how bad it has gotten.

Incorrect facts. Headlines which do not match the articles underneath. Misinformation. Typos, typos and more typos.

Which is not to mention that there is simply less news, less sports, less . . . everything.

There is little there there.1

I have been contemplating this move for a good while. But I am so very used to reading the paper, turning the pages with my coffee, that I simply couldn’t stop. It was a habit very difficult to break. And that’s coming from a guy, who has had some nasty ones to shake.

I was recently on holiday in Boston and along the coast of Maine.2

The Boston Globe is still a real paper, one with heft and gravity and substance. So, while I thought of the C-J, while savoring the Globe in the morning, it’s not really a comparison. Boston’s a major metropolis of a higher order than Louisville.

But, when I realized that the newspaper in Portland, Maine, a city about one eighth the size of Louisville, puts the C-J to shame, I was shaken.

When I returned to the same ol’, same ol’ C-J, my resolve to cut the cord became manifest. When the paper ran a header of a letter, extolling the virtues of universal healthcare, a header that read inappropriately, “Healthcare is s privilege not a right,” it was the proverbial last straw.

I will miss the few real old school journalists still working at 6th & Broadway. Andy Wolfson. Tim Sullivan. Several others. But I’ll still read them now and again online.

There are plenty of other sources for local news these days. As for sports, my main interest, there are more than enough outlets, locally and nationally, to feed my need.

Like I said at the top, this is too sad.

What Gannett has allowed the once lauded Courier-Journal to become is a travesty.

Shame on you, Gannett.

Shame on me, for enabling the decline with my subscription for as long as I did.

6 Comments on “Daily Chronicle: Culture Maven Goes Paperless”

  1. 1 Sandy Kelley said at 6:34 pm on June 17th, 2015:

    I cancelled my subscription two months ago.I remember the days of THE Louisville Times and The Courier Journal. I now read Insider Louisville In the morning and evening.Great stories and news!

  2. 2 Amy Lowen said at 6:44 pm on June 17th, 2015:

    We’re thinking about cancellation, but haven’t pulled the plug yet. Where else can I read the obituaries and Rex Morgan?

  3. 3 c d kaplan said at 7:23 pm on June 17th, 2015:

    Rex Morgan M.D.:


  4. 4 Marko said at 8:41 pm on June 17th, 2015:

    sad, sad ,sad……you’re story is my story…. except for the whole putting it back together thing……. I released once Nick Anderson left…..for sports… I go internet……. I now live on the ass end of Tampa Bay….. these rags are not much better,if at all…….for any visitors… the once proud Tampa Bay Times has become a royal suck fest….. The St Petersburg Times is at least more fair and near fair……. but keep in mind we are talking about the land of Scott, Bondi, Rubbio and the old Jeberino……so why should I expect any type of actual news……

  5. 5 Alan Zukof said at 10:06 pm on June 17th, 2015:

    I was stringing at the Times when the papers were for sale — the mantra around the newsroom then was, “Please don’t let it be Gannett!” How right we were.

  6. 6 david said at 1:24 pm on June 20th, 2015:

    The Culture Maven is right on the money. It is so, so sad for those of us who remember the CJ being a consistent top ten in the country newspaper with correspondents who actually reported from far away places where consequential things were happening.
    Sadly Louisville hasn’t lost just a once great newspaper. It looks like soon we will have a beautiful Humana building but no Humana. I think the only thing that is the same as it used to be are Plehn’s donuts and other pastries. Hopefully I and the Maven and those who feel like we do are just cranky old farts and a great newspaper will rise again, but who am I kidding.

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