I’d never heard of Valley City, nor the happy sounding Horizon Publications, but heroic Lee Morris, outgoing editor of the Valley City Times-Record, somehow managed to slip this parting shot into the paper, detailing his very reasonble and well-written account of changes he sees as very negative (ahem) at the Valley City Times-Record.
Morris had me at “It started in July with Tina Olson, …”
Read the whole thing An American pastime and politics (PDF)— complete with diversionary (fake) Gene Lyons byline to get past the company goons. Very good. If you squint, you can almost imagine Rupert Murdoch and James filling in for Conrad Black’s partner in crime (literally) David Radler and his daughter Melanie.
Horizon Publications itself began in a culture of indifference. It was founded by David Radler, Mela- nie’s father, whom one news report I read suggested remains involved with the company behind the scenes.
If you’ll bear with me: David and his partner, media magnate Conrad Black, sold some newspapers owned by a company they led called Hol- linger International. In essence, they sold the papers to themselves, paid themselves to not compete with them- selves, illegally pocketed millions and, ultimately, were investigated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Com- mission and convicted of massive fraud. Both were imprisoned.
You’ll find all the details you ever want to know about the white collar crimes and cutthroat business practic- es of Conrad Black and David Radler, father of this newspaper’s corporate president, Melanie Radler, online.
Bottom line: Horizon wants money. They do not care about Valley City and they do not care about you. At the Times-Record, this newspaper’s employees are honest, hard-working people. It’s not their fault they work for a company that puts profits over people.
* I’m happy to update with a better photo credit if someone can help with that.