Nice to see Maine media covering 8th graders going to "wind turbine challenge"

This is the same Maine media that has essentially participated in a blackout of the rather significant recent news that Maine's only publicly funded onshore wind turbine, that at UMPI, was destroyed in a fire. And certainly no coverage on the implications of this fire - that a fire like that during a drought on a remote ridge top could cause tremendous devastation to Maine's forests and fire departments would have no way of putting it out. And basically nothing from the Maine media exposing the overall fraud that is wind.

So again - the University of Maine's multi million dollar industrial wind turbine burns down and nary a peep, but some 8th graders participating in an industry event gets news coverage. Folks, we might as well have state run media as in the 1960's Soviet Union. 

This is one reason we should not have monopolies. Does one man, Reade Brower's ownership of every daily newspaper in the state (and plenty of weeklies) except for the BDN bother you? Does anyone think the people of Maine are properly served when a single person controls such a large majority of the local news?

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Comment by Marie Jane on April 13, 2018 at 8:44am

Media, in general, has a hands-off-all-things-industrial-wind-turbine-policy except for front page above the fold "blade signings" or similar "events" and highlighting youth propaganda under the guise of "education" .. similar propaganda occurring in Massachusetts schools. A single person may control local news; but, who controls those in control of local news?

Comment by Paul Ackerman on April 12, 2018 at 9:57pm

Really what we have  with Reade Brower controlling all the dailies except the BDN (which tilts far left as well) is not "state run media" ala Pravda,but something far worse; uber liberal viewpoints continually poured over the populace as if this is the ONLY reasonable way to think about what these papers deign to print.

RB may pay lip service to giving "all voices" an opportunity to get column inches,but that is far far from the reality of it. 

Our column,Another View, in the Courier Gazette/Camden Herald/Village Soup originally (but now goes out to I think 11 other small papers) has been recently cut back to "every other week" ...and with an editor who can spike a column with the most specious of excuses. 

Reade's own column has routinely attacked our column in the same issue,how's that for "I'm not involved in editorial decisions..." ? 

It seems apparent to our writers group that they have a design to diminish, and ultimately eliminate, any conservative viewpoint prior to the 2018 mid-terms.

So,yes,I think it is far worse than the state doing it,this is put forth as "independent journalism" and it is anything but that. It is a media mogul and his acolytes burying any dissent from their orthodoxy in service of their political agenda. 

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