I’ve had tons of justification for being hypercritical of the St. Cloud Times over the years. What I’m about to share with you is proof that the Times isn’t just unprofessional. It’s proof that they’re either corrupt or totally clueless. This graphic contains the results of the Great Place to Work Institute’s survey conducted at St. Cloud State:

Look at that. When asked if “management’s words match its actions”, only 24% of respondents said yes. When asked if “management is competent”, only 32% said yes. When asked if “management makes sound financial decisions”, only 28% said they did.

I’ve been writing about these issues for over a year. These results aren’t surprising to me. They’re what I expected. What’s disheartening is that the St. Cloud Times, the supposedly professional journalists in town, hasn’t seen fit to write a single critical article about the University.

The reality is that they opened a recent Our View editorial with this quote:

The level of trust that exists between the faculty, staff and administration is not what it needs to be to be among the very best.”

That the Times didn’t even think about challenging President Potter’s statement indicates that the Times either sees itself as SCSU’s off-campus PR staff or they’re totally unaware of what’s happening on campus. Newspapers have an affirmative responsibility to inform their readers. The Times has repeatedly failed in that responsibility when it comes to SCSU.

At best, they’re unreliable because they aren’t interested in the truth. At worst, they’re unreliable because they’ve been corrupted by President Potter’s charms.

I’ve proudly published Silence Dogood’s articles on LFR. In all that time, the Times didn’t attempt to identify Silence. That’s disturbing because Silence’s articles have brought to light unpleasant truths about President Potter’s questionable financial decisions or grade corruption by improperly removing students’ participation in classes they failed.

A professional newsgathering organization should get interested in these corrupt activities. That the Times wasn’t interested in these thoroughly documented scandals is the journalistic equivalent of indicting the Times of a series of A-level felonies. How can you serve the public good when you aren’t interested in getting even basic facts published?

If you get your information from the Times, I hope you’re satisfied with getting a tiny bit of what’s important to you. If you’d like more than just bits and pieces of news, please consider dropping money in my tip jar. Better yet, consider making a monthly contribution so this important reporting can continue. Rest assured that any contributions are appreciated.

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One Response to “How did the Times miss this?”

  • Jarrett says:

    You do a GREAT JOB… The only thing I got from the Times was lies last Fall.
    Any ideas …from ANYONE…What in the world the possible motive could be here or what’s the end game?

    Can’t still be the “diversity is good” tune…can it?

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