It's amazing that so often the same media outlets that cry out in indignation when someone refuses to answer questions employ the same tactics themselves when their publications are in the news.
The latest instance of this involves the shutdown of Joplin Daily.
The company did not have the decency to explain its actions on the Daily website before the publication was eliminated, and GateHouse Media officials refused to offer any useful comments to Joplin Tri-State Business reporter Ann Leach.
These were the comments given to Ms. Leach in an article in the March 26 edition:
GateHouse Regional Manager Chip Watson- "I don't think that's something we want to comment on," Watson said without explaining when he became more than one person.
Big Nickel Publisher Chuck Elliott- "I have no comment."
No top GateHouse official would go on the record to explain why the newspaper was shut down. With the company's leadership providing that kind of integrity and respect for the public's right to know, no wonder it only thrives in areas where there is little or no competition.