For a few weeks now I have been asked why links to articles I wrote over the past 3 years at the Examiner.com are no longer working. It’s a simple answer. Politics is not popular, so the public lost another point of access.
Examiner.com is separate of M V Consulting, Inc and its divisions. I wrote articles there like any reporter might for a news media organization, and was paid for the articles I wrote. Examiner, like all companies, sought a profit.
Though I was one of the top 2 local reporters, one of the top 5 regional reporters, and top 25% of national political reporters for Examiner.com, politics doers not make money. Well not in comparison to articles on the latest clothing line, the exploits of whichever rapper in trouble with the law, and endless discussions on gossip of this or that celebrity. Thus Examiner.com did the math and dropped all political, and just about all other, news categories. I understand the business decision.
The fact that the public lost an access point to news that will affect the cost of clothing and all other goods, the ability to afford the multiple products of rappers and entertainers, even the access to gossip and entertainment programs is a problem for the public. But if the public was unwilling to pay attention to politics, who can blame Examiner.com for their decision? How long can a company be expected to run a news division at a loss?
Often I battle with the thought of ending my own news coverage and political commentary. I have lost money 5 of the 9 1/2 years I have been doing this. My 10th anniversary will be another year of net loss. If I were not so committed to providing the public a much needed service, and keeping elected officials accountable, I would have given this up too. If it were just about profit. Because people will stand in lines for a day to get an iPhone and spend $600 or more for it, but they won’t donate $2 to find out that the reason it cost so much is due to the regulations the politicians they elected raised the price – and that those same politicians gave permission to the Government to record every text/tweet/social media post and phone call. It can be frustrating.
One day I may do the math, that I know well, and decide its not worth losing money, and a half dozen hours a day on average, and the wrath of many politicos. One day, I may take the route of Examiner.com, and many newspapers across the nation, and most news media. That day is not today. I don’t think it will be tomorrow either.
But I digress. Examiner.com did the math and accepted that the public doesn’t really care about corruption and abuse of power. So they dropped the articles – but all the articles were long ago reposted here. But that is why the link does not work.
President – M V Consulting, Inc.