A Romenesko reader writes: Please don’t credit me. I’m an ex-newsie in a related field who can’t afford to alienate anybody!
After watching Stephen Colbert tonight [Monday] announce his brilliant scheme to have his supporters vote for Hermain Cain in South Carolina, I took a look at the online buzz. I found stories in a lot of places. I realized I was getting no Google News results from South Carolina newspaper sites. I checked The State and the papers in Greenville and Charleston. Zero on the story, even though The State and Greenville News have turned over much of their home page to primary news.
I don’t think this is a conspiracy or that these papers’ political reporters are too dumb to watch Colbert or read political blogs. I suspect one of these two newspaper-killers:
1. It broke late. Newspapers don’t do late news in print anymore. They don’t want to pay late “desk” reporters, and they have pushed their print deadlines absurdly early. And I’ll bet their websites each have one lowly paid shoveler to post stories on the web at night. Try calling that person and pleading with him/her to post something.
2. It wasn’t on the budget that the top editors approved at 3 p.m., shortly before they went back to their conference calls and committee meetings on finding a catchy motto to win back the readers.
I just checked the State and the Greenville News websites and still don’t see any mention of Colbert’s “brilliant scheme.” Please let me know if you spot stories. || Update: I’ve sent emails to editors at both papers.
ANOTHER UPDATE: Greenville News posted Colbert=”Herman Cain” late this afternoon.