While Gannett has its own set of issues as a corporate behemoth with a desire to delocalize and lame out news as much as possible, there is the smile that goes on my face when I see that the
Let's see if Gannett realizes the one strength the J-S has (sports coverage, especially the Packers), and keeps the talent it does have in that area. If Gannett wants to "improve efficiencies" at its new acquisition in Milwaukee, they can boot much of the editorial staff and weak-minded "news" folks who should be held responsible for ruining what was left of the J-S's reputation with their kid-gloves treatment of Scott Walker, leading to the inevitable embarrassment that doofus faced in his short presidential run. And too many of them sure don't seem to have learned their lesson or feel the shame they should have for their contribution to that embarrassment, since these guys are still giving Walker's dishonest side of the story without question and giving column space to his photo ops at campaign contributors, despite the fact that Walker is often refusing to answer reporters' questions at these "events." Maybe they'll raise their game, now that they're jobs are likely on the line (or maybe they'll slough off even more- interesting to see which way they turn).
So while I'm ordinarily not a fan of media consolidation, especially involving such a huge corporation like Gannett (as it inevitably slants the coverage toward the rich and powerful), buying the J-S would be an exception. Because the
Maybe that explains also why Tom Kertscher and the pathetic Wisconsin Politi-"fact" are slanting even more pro-Walker in recent days than their usual disgraceful attempt at "analysis" (read the whopper those fuckers wrote to back up Scotty on civil service today- think the J-S doesn't want a piece of the resulting cronyism and money-funneling?). Kertscher and others in the Politi-"fact" crew are trying to get a nice communications gig with the Walker Admin before they get canned in the consolidation with Gannett! (hey, it works for many a former Madison "journalist").