JOHN HONDERICH AND THE STAR AT 120 YEARS — John, where do I go to throw up

JOHN HONDERICH AND THE STAR AT 120 YEARS — John, where do I go to throw up

You were a one year old sitting in a baby carriage when I started my Star paper route. I have always taken the Star and am sad to say I’ve watched it deteriorate over the last 20 years. The conversion to a rag like the Los Angeles Times [ bankrupt ] has accelerated over the past dozen years. Rob Prichard’s more recent meddlings saw the paper’s stock drop precipitously and the Star’s debt climbed to $ 500 million. Prichard had previously chopped half the value of the pension fund belonging to U of T professors. I believe in the Peter Principle, one rises to the level of their incompetence.

Prichard was at the U of T and proved himself incompetent. Then Rob went to the Star to really prove the theory. Now Prichard heads Metrolinx and has shown himself to be a class above incompetence. But with Junta Leader McGuinty heading for impeachment Prichard’s days at Metrolinx are numbered but he won’t get $ 9 million serverence this time. I will push to see that not one of McGuinty’s insiders like Rob gets a penny of taxpayer’s money. In any event the circulation at the Star has dropped from more than 3 million in 2007 to 2 million in 2010, a 37% drop. John, this is success when you have debt of $ 500 million hanging around your neck? In your piece in the 120 anniversary section of Nov.

When a group of printers bought the Evening Star in 1892 it was described as a blatantly and unshamedly an organ of the predatory financial interests

If you believe this stuff you are delusional. The Paper in the last 10 years has returned to its’ roots. Not a Paper of the people. But a Paper of politicians, advertisers, special interests and the nukies. I began writing about the lies and misinformation being printed in the star at least a dozen years ago. A quick look through my file shows a letter to Honderich and Prichard, . If the Star had cleaned up its’ act back then we would not have had the recent meltdown in our electrical system. But the nukie cheques to the Paper were more important than plight of the people.

After politics we would communicate separately

Money was more important than the truth. The Atkinson Principles are a thing of memory. Honderich has been ignoring them for years but still claims that they guide the Paper. Hogwash. When I was a Pickering Councillor I got to know a couple of oldtime Star reporters. Eventually both were let go by the Paper. In separate phone calls both complained to me that the Star had hired young reporters because they would work for less money. It was interesting that both of them said the same thing in separate calls. The young reporters HAVE NO PERSPECTIVE. Watered down journalism while Honderich charged the same price per copy. Subscribers were / are paying for a dozen in a box and only getting ten.

A 37% drop in circulation seems about right to me. Now the Star is going to try and sell this watered down crap on the net and call it journalism, rots of ruk John. Finally it was the Star’s effort to drive the little local papers out of business that really ticked me off. Metroland would approach the owner of a small town paper to buy him or her out. If no sale, the Star would move in with a cover paper that had little local content and offered local businesses a ridiculously low advertising rate. The owner surrendered or went broke. The 100 Metroland local papers are given away free and have been supported by advertising over the years. That advertising has been shrinking for the last couple of years, going to the net.

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