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May 2, 2009

Columbian Files For Chapter 11 Protection

by lewwaters

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As has been expected, the Columbian filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Friday.

Columbian seeks Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

This does not mean the Columbian is going out of business or will cease publishing the paper, nor should they. On the contrary, the paper should now be able to restructure its debt and emerge, hopefully, as stronger newspaper and even more hopefully, more representative of the community.

The Columbian has been facing financial difficulties due to declining circulation, declining advertising and the bold move of constructing a new building just as the economy began its downward spiral.

Three lay-offs did not help in recovery from their financial woes.

Lou Brancaccio, editor at the Columbian, see is as, “We’re tough and we’ll get going,” indicating a “business as usual” attitude in that the paper will continue to publish daily, as expressed in his editorial, Of getting tough and comments.

Brancaccio makes mention of “we allow our detractors to use our Web site to tell us how bad we are. As it should be.” But, he makes no mention of listening to those “detractors” who mostly point out the “left-leaning bias,” with a few claiming “right-winged bias.”

Personally, I have yet to see any “right-winged bias” in their articles or editorial, John Laird’s especially.

To show me any right-winged bias, as I was discussing with a couple young ladies outside of the Hazel Dell Fred Meyers recently, all one needs do is show me any editorials or articles that were positive towards President George W. Bush in the last 8 years.

Unexpectedly, one turned to the other asking, “did we run any?”

The recent murder of 13 year-old Alycia Nipp in Hazel Dell received excellent coverage that was compassionate towards her family, I felt. What has been missing since is any articles or editorials on how our Legislature refuses to strengthen sexual predator laws and keep those “homeless” level III predators off of our streets. Instead, the one Senator pushing hard for this needed legislation, Republican Senator Don Benton, is castigated by the Columbian for missed votes, with no mention of all those who missed more votes are Democrats.

The Columbian makes no bones about supporting Light Rail across the Columbia River, which Clark County voters have stated they don’t want in the past. They even ran a very questionable poll, with no mention of the demographics of the poll, showing most people now wanted it. What they neglected to say was that the poll was almost 4 to 1 of Oregonians, not Clark County residents.

This is but a couple examples of how they are not representative of the community they operate in, but instead try to manipulate public opinion towards policies advocated by one political party over another.

Readers grow weary of reading how wrong their values are or out of step they are and they cease purchasing that product and seek alternatives more along their values. In Clark County one lesser area they find that is in bloggers, private citizens who openly state their views online, unedited as many letters to the editors are.

The Columbian is in no danger from us, but has felt that we draw readers away. I feel we just fill a niche left open by the Columbian. As I told Jeffery Mize when he interviewed me for his article, Blogging Clark County, we shouldn’t necessarily compete with each other, but augment each other.

In the end, I think Lou Brancaccio is closing in on the Columbians main problems with, “we allow our detractors to use our Web site to tell us how bad we are. As it should be.”

The only question now is, will they listen to their customers?