Morning Journal Lorain- the Punishing Press?

April 13, 2020 at 5:41 pm 5 comments

ED NOTE: it takes a great deal nowadays to  get my  fingers flying over this keyboard. I have pretty  much  given up getting involved in all things Lorain. I am too old to   worry  about the future as it pertains to  me and this neighborhood. Tired of swimming upstream. However, there are times that cause me to  jump  back  in. This is one of them!

The Morning Journal vs City  Council Woman at Large  Mary  Springowski 

https://www.cityoflorain.org/305/Mary-Springowski

Mary Springowski . Council At-Large. Phone: 440-258-4302. Email Mary Springowski. Mary Springowski began serving as the Council at-Large representative on January 1, 2016 where she was gratified to receive the top votes in both the Democratic Primary …

 

 

Since the retaliation to  various citizens ( usually me 😉 has been an ongoing  behavior  this post will be in a series  one part every  day! Time for  a history  lesson  because history  once again is repeating itself – in my  humble opinion……( for the lawyers 😉

WoM Logo by Scott Baklar

Long time readers of this  blog and the old WoM Blog will remember my  penchant for holding the local press , especially  the Morning Journal , Lorain to  account. Unfortunately, that has put me time and time again on the list for punishment for my  stance.

I had, with   regard to  publicity  for the various theatre productions etc. and non profit , volunteer news , a very  good relationship  with  the Plain Dealer, the Elyria Chronicle and  yes! the Morning Journal. I  would, when sending out press releases make sure the paper I  was sending to  had  a local hook that differed with  all three, meaning the press releases were geared to  each  paper so  they  weren’t rehashing the same article. This worked very  well and over the years I like to  think  I  built up  a good rapport with  the various newsrooms .

Unfortunately,  this came to crashing halt in 2002  with  the Publisher of the Morning Journal, Kevin Haezebroeck Publisher- The Morning Journal
Nov 2001 – Aug 2004 -2 years 10 months.

At the time I was on the board of what was MainstreetLorain a 501C3 . We were promoting  one of our events in downtown Lorain. Our Director , at the time  also  promoted the event in  the Cleveland Plain Dealer. This sent the  hierarchy of the Morning Journal , Haezebroeck , John Cole ( deceased)  and Bill Cyran (deceased) into  a frenzy of frustration.  I received a call from the Entertainment Editor ( since I  was doing the publicty) he had been told to  pull the article he was writing and the cover of the entertainment magazine. I  called Bill Cyran  and was told unless we got rid of our Director  the Morning Journal  would never give us any  publicity  again, I was informed  we could only  deal with  the Morning Journal. I  was shocked especially  since Mr. Haezebroek was a sitting member of our Board of Directors. As the situation went from bad to  worse,  and  as the majority  BOD did not support our Director, due to  not wanting to  fall foul  of the Morning Journal, our Director   then resigned .

I  was furious, not only  at the majority  of the BOD. and their, in my  opinion ,cowardice at not standing united, I  know  they  were probably   scared of retaliation with  their businesses  but that a “free press” – the 4th  estate,  would stoop to  such  behavior. I had at that time a couple of columns for  various publications ( freelance) and never had I  come across  such  punishing behavior.  I wrote in one of my  columns in 2002 :

 

“Locally, this writer has had cause for concern with her “morning news publication” It seems that community coverage has become tied to the amount of advertising dollars spent, dictates by the publisher and editor as to with whom a non profit is allowed to do business. Retaliatory punishment of an organization because of a personal dislike of an individual who had the audacity to support advertising outside the dictates of the local “fair and balanced” periodical.

There were threats of non-coverage of community events whilst certain individuals remained in their position. In fact the threats became reality. How? You ask can a publication get away with that behavior. Can it be that the publication involved has become so used to dealing with situations they dislike by throwing their weight around, without answering to anyone for their actions? Have they become immune to the seriousness of their behavior? Have bullying and “mercenary” attitudes become so commonplace that they have forgotten their first obligation to John Q. Public? Can they no longer see their editorial opinions chastising others for suspect behaviors could well be directed inwards?

Who? I ask, stands up to the publications and say “NO! We will not be bullied”. Members of John Q. Public who quiver with fear at the thought of their company, political ambitions or organization being on the receiving end of a “nasty editorial”. Yes, it seems our local media has us by the throat, they will be fair and balanced when it suits them, they will as a recent quote in an editorial stated, “we will be watching”. The question begs to be asked, “Who then watches the watchers?”

Who is Watching the Watcher

Unfortunately,  for the MJ and Haezerbroeck I became the “volunteer”  Director of the MainstreetLorain 501C3 until we could bet another Director. Poor Kevin he found me difficult to  work with …. probably  because I  didn’t cave in to  his threat ( stated at a restaurant   downtown when he was not in a good mood… I know he thought I  was just a little overweight housewife on 4th  street…. as he stated that day ”

” “never argue with someone who buys his ink by the barrel full …threat” as a matter of interest I  had more monthly  readers in one dance magazine than the MJ had in 10 🙂

However Mr. Haezerbroeck remembers it differently  and came onto this  blog  a few years ago  to  correct me .. What I would have said was it was not smart to fight with people who “buy paper by the ton and ink by the barrel”.

( still a threat ???)

Next up  2004 Please note some of the links in some of the post are no longer linkable due to  publications pulling them – but I  usually  kept the articles on file 😉

 

 

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April 3rd- NO LIMITS -Chapt 3- Chris Ritchey Morning Journal Lorain, The Punishing Press- Part two

5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Kim Dudek  |  April 14, 2020 at 2:26 am

    I worked with Kevin and he is a great guy.
    I also volunteered time with Mainstreet Lorain. It was NOT sanctioned by the state Mainstreet program.
    Bill O’Brien worked hard to create activities downtown.
    With little support.
    If you could possibly attribute your accusations that would be helpful.
    Or you can continue spewing your misinformation.

  • 2. thatwoman  |  April 14, 2020 at 11:02 am

    Oh Kim I certainly remember YOU, and Bill Obrien.. you really don’t want to go THERE do you.. remember the Arts Council event and how “closely you worked with Bill Obrien and the “hole in the finances of MainstreetLorain(LGC) and YOU are certainly WRONG MainstreetLorain is and was sanctioned but maybe if your “head” had been a little clearer and your drink glass a little fuller and you weren’t hanging allover one the downtown merchants at the time at Scorchers YOU would have remembered not picking up the fact that a Cleveland based company beat you to the punch with the “passport concept” and then tch tch having to run back and tell Kevin you screwed up …. therefore sending him to have a pop at me…. You want spewing darlin I am just in the mood……..Maybe I should write about that as well and how you and Bill Obrien let down the BRHS with the “Rosy the Riveter event……. all documented in my Arts Council files……… Have a nice Day…….

  • 4. thatwoman  |  April 14, 2020 at 11:57 am

    Note at the time Dudek and O’Brien were joined at the hip the Main Street Program had indeed been “paused” However MainstreetLorain 1996 came into being before the “Main Street ” group MainstreetLorain was the first Main Street program in the area.Officially declared through City Council in 2000 The program from Main Street did not fit ( and never did) the MainstreetLorain organization and MainstreetLorain for the sake of less confusion became Lorain Growth Corporation so Ms Dudek actually “volunteered for Lorain Growth Corp..just the facts 😉

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