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No Papers Kasich: That Explains A Lot

Ohio Governor John Kasich admits, “I don’t read newspapers in the state of Ohio. Very rarely do I read a newspaper.”

There are many levels of stupid but so stupid you think you’re too smart to need newspapers has to be near the bottom. I am struck dumb myself!
– Iron Filing



  1. oregonbird wrote:

    Have you read newspapers lately? One of the locals in Portland – an actual newspaper – runs tripe like “What coat is “in” this winter?” on the front page, along with ads – it gets worse from there. The news is on-line. I tried to read newspapers, I love them – but instead of focussing on in-depth reporting, and being the voice and face of the region, the newspapers went to trivia to try to hold readers. Wrong choice. Nobody reads newspapers anymore.

    Thursday, December 1, 2011 at 4:13 am | Permalink
  2. ebdoug wrote:

    I never ever read a newspaper. They feel so dirty in my hands, but I can answer most quizzes on the news. My news source:
    Save the trees and burn the trees as a renewable heat source in pellets or just wood burning stoves.

    Thursday, December 1, 2011 at 5:55 am | Permalink
  3. Iron Filing wrote:

    OBird – I admit that newspapers are in decline, a poor shadow of what they once were but for a politician to not read newspapers is dangerous. Getting all of one’s news online risks focusing only on information which reenforces ones own opinion, confirmation bias, much like only watching Fox. Yes, some can use online media to expand their world but many use it to narrow their exposure. Kasich, like George Bush, does not appear to have a very inquisitive mind; even 15 minutes a day with USAToday would expose him to a greater diversity of events and opinions than he receives filtered through his staff.

    How much true “in-depth reporting” is done by on-line news sources? Follow most on-line reports and they eventually lead to a reporter working for AP, NyTimes, Reuters, etc.

    My local papers are also filled with tripe but as I reported in PI, their coverage of local conflicts related to Occupy was excellent.

    Sadly, you’re right, almost “Nobody reads newspapers anymore” at least in paper form.

    Thursday, December 1, 2011 at 6:43 am | Permalink
  4. ebdoug wrote:

    which is why I start with the AP the original source, and as Irony Knee pointed out AP changes the story all day. I don’t want slant on my news.

    Thursday, December 1, 2011 at 7:36 am | Permalink
  5. My news sources are, generally, AP, UPI, Reuters, BBC (very much BBC), NPR.

    I used to read NYT, but that pay wall …. Someday I will get a subscription (I’m thinking of asking for one for the holidays). (Yes, I know how to get around that pay wall, but I find that I respect their decision to tell me that they don’t want me reading them.)

    Oh, and reddit. Once in a while reddit really does find stuff that’s interesting and useful. Pity the various news subreddits have issues though.

    Thursday, December 1, 2011 at 10:07 am | Permalink
  6. Don wrote:

    I read one or two newspapers a day – even when I’m on the road, if I can. The SF Chronicle is a decent paper – in fact it’s a better paper than it was 20 years ago. I read the local paper to keep up on local news and events. Coffee, a nice fire in the insert, and a newspaper are a great way to start the.

    This being said, I also glean a lot of my daily news from on-line sources – some days more than others.

    Thursday, December 1, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Permalink
  7. Mountain Man wrote:

    Seeing that the the majority of “news” in this country is controlled by no more than four BIG businesses or actually outsource most of their info from one or two generic sources, I don’t put a lot of faith in newspapers either!

    You don’t have to be stupid not to read or believe everything you see in print in any version of American media!

    Try reading some sources outside the US if you want to really know what’s going on here! I’d be more disturbed to hear that Kasich doesn’t bother to read ANY news sources than that he doesn’t bother to read Ohio news sources!

    Thursday, December 1, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Permalink
  8. Iron Filing wrote:

    I suspect Kasich is closer to “doesn’t bother to read ANY news sources” than someone who reads “sources outside the US … to really know what’s going on here!”

    If you watch the video, Kasich isn’t saying he doesn’t read papers because he gets ink on his fingers or to save trees or because their perspective is too narrow. He finds them aggravating and not “an uplifting experience”.

    Kasich, IMHO, appears to not have an inquiring mind so he needs to be aggravated by information sources outside his mirrored room.

    I don’t think this because he’s conservative and Republican but because he’s more like governors Bush, Brewer and Perry than governors Barbour, Chaffee and Daniels. I don’t agree with any of these governors on much but the latter three seem to be informed and think differently from me whereas Bush, Brewer, Perry and Kasich seem confident, rather than competent, and are as uniformed and dense as they are arrogant.

    Friday, December 2, 2011 at 6:11 am | Permalink