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