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The Tampa Tribune has ceased reporting on fatal accidents and criminal activity. What's going on?

Posted on 08/04/2012 9:01:58 AM PDT by 4Runner

Over the past week I have noticed a startling and complete absence of reporting in The Tampa Tribune on any local automobile accidents, criminal activity, thefts, break-ins, prostitution, etc. In short, any unlawful and illegal activity which historically has been a large percentage of the reporting at The Tampa Tribune suddenly has been stricken from the paper. I know for a fact of one incident involving the Tampa shooting death of a man by his son, which occurred earlier this week, because I work with a man who lives next door to the house in which the murder took place. He couldn't get to his house there were so many Sheriff's Deputy vehicles on his street. Also there was a serious automobile accident in our immediate neighborhood where a drunk or drugged driver hit a power transformer with his vehicle, knocking out power to several subdivisions for hours last Thursday night. The driver died immediately from electrocution. But not a word of these two events or any others has appeared in the Tribune. If you read the paper the sanitizing efforts are glaringly obvious. It's gone totally vanilla. But the reason isn't clear. Has an editorial decision been made to stop publicizing the illegalities and misdeeds of minorities, since it is overwhelmingly these populations who are represented in the statistics of who commits these actions? Or does this censoring have something to do with preparation for the Republican Party convention?


TOPICS: Local News; Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: mediabias; multiculturalism

1 posted on 08/04/2012 9:02:14 AM PDT by 4Runner
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To: 4Runner

Any uptick in crime is part of the “change” Obama promised, and they’re having a hard time on how to spin it. So, don’t report... /s


2 posted on 08/04/2012 9:04:40 AM PDT by bcsco
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To: 4Runner

Has the Leftist Utopia become reality in Tampa?


3 posted on 08/04/2012 9:07:51 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: 4Runner

The less sinister reason may be that they’ve gotten rid of most of their reporters, with most of the news being pulled from the wires with some local ‘reporting’ coming from local press releases.


4 posted on 08/04/2012 9:11:07 AM PDT by PAR35
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To: bcsco

Maybe they’re keeping them in a folder so they can disgorge them all at once during the GOP Convention, for national consumption.


5 posted on 08/04/2012 9:12:04 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (FUMR)
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To: 4Runner

Have you queried the newspaper about it yet? If so, what was their response?


6 posted on 08/04/2012 9:14:13 AM PDT by stuartcr ("When silence speaks, it speaks only to those that have already decided what they want to hear.")
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To: 4Runner

Media General, owner of The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and WFLA, News Channel 8, announced layoffs Tuesday to about 75 employees

http://www2.tbo.com/news/business/2012/jul/31/media-general-newspaper-sale-leads-to-75-layoffs-ar-448303/

Doing a search there were a lot of layoffs in 2011 as well.


7 posted on 08/04/2012 9:16:42 AM PDT by EBH (Obama took away your American Dreams and replaced them with "Dreams from My (his) Father".)
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To: PAR35

It’s the Tampa Trib. I would say it’s a mix of liberal ideology with a large helping of old fashioned incompetence. The Trib has both in quantity.


8 posted on 08/04/2012 9:16:51 AM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s....you weren't really there)
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To: COBOL2Java

Nah, wouldn’t work. The local yokels would know it was over a great deal of time. If that’s their level of thought, I give them months, rather than years, to remain in business.


9 posted on 08/04/2012 9:17:00 AM PDT by bcsco
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To: PAR35

The TT has prided itself on being a “local” newspaper and its identity has been self-described as the source for “local” news. And it still has plenty of reporters to enable it to do this. No, something else is going on.


10 posted on 08/04/2012 9:20:36 AM PDT by 4Runner
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To: 4Runner

It has become a very safe town?


11 posted on 08/04/2012 9:21:00 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: PAR35

Ding.ding.ding.


12 posted on 08/04/2012 9:27:09 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (Woe to them...)
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To: 4Runner
The Tampa Tribune continues to beg me to subscribe to their fish-wrap, even to the point of ‘almost free’. My answer is always the same...NO!
13 posted on 08/04/2012 9:40:43 AM PDT by JPG (Mount your steeds. Nov '12 is for all the marbles.)
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To: PAR35

lack of reporters may be the cause. mine-Houston Chronicle- has been bleeding for a few years now. Sometimes they wont say either, you just notice an absence of byline names you were familiar with.

They also replace some of their writer features with
national content. (contract out). The food section went national a few years
ago and no longer do you see ‘southern bent ‘ cooking by
the replaced local writer.


14 posted on 08/04/2012 9:47:31 AM PDT by urtax$@work (The only kind of memorial is a Burning memorial !)
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To: 4Runner

My daughters were almost killed by a drunk driver and a photo journalist from the trib was one of the first on the scene. I searched for days for pics online and in print and there was nothing mentioned. This happened three weeks ago tonight. My children were not hurt but did run over a Lexus engine which ripped my kids car up. Then my oldest extracted the passenger through the sunroof of their wreckage.


15 posted on 08/04/2012 10:18:17 AM PDT by DocRock (All they that TAKE the sword shall perish with the sword. Matthew 26:52 Gun grabbers beware.)
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To: urtax$@work

Its the RNC...they are trying to put on a pretty face for the national spotlight.


16 posted on 08/04/2012 10:24:18 AM PDT by bigtoona
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To: EBH
Channel 8 news sucks. Being a member of NBC network, They lean heavy left. Gayle Serrons is so old I'm afraid her face is going to crack. Tampa Trib used to be a good paper but the last few years it has gone down hill.
17 posted on 08/04/2012 10:30:46 AM PDT by baddog 219
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To: PAR35

Right, and it’s the downside of the death of newspapers that everyone cheers about.


18 posted on 08/04/2012 10:49:48 AM PDT by gusopol3
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To: DocRock

thank God their guardian angel was on duty.


19 posted on 08/04/2012 10:52:02 AM PDT by gusopol3
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To: 4Runner

Cant say. We stopped taking the Tribune years ago and never looked back. It could be that they cannot tie the murders, traffic accidents, drugs, and prostitution to Predident Bush is the reason they stopped reporting them.


20 posted on 08/04/2012 10:57:30 AM PDT by sport
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To: gusopol3

I asked them if there were any feathers at the crash because some guardian angels got roughed up protecting them. Honest!


21 posted on 08/04/2012 3:44:41 PM PDT by DocRock (All they that TAKE the sword shall perish with the sword. Matthew 26:52 Gun grabbers beware.)
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To: DocRock

Most of my life, I was uncomfortable with the concept. As I’ve gotten older and seen all the things that do happen to people, it astonishes me that freaky bad things don’t happen more often. Yet , if some accident, like going to a Batman movie on a Friday night, doesn’t happen at that one unique moment, any one of those who became a casualty that night, statistically, lives to a ripe old age. Even on the battle field, “one is taken,” the others left to tell stories to their grandchildren. How can mayhem so random and varied be restrained ? It seems to me only by direct intervention, or as the colonials called it, the “interpolations of providence.”


22 posted on 08/04/2012 6:22:53 PM PDT by gusopol3
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