AWOL from the Lansing State Journal

One in a series…

This is the kind of story you’d probably run in your newspaper on the 4th of July if you were publishing in Lansing, Michigan.

If the LSJ had been aware of it, I do think they might have mentioned it. However, the paper’s awareness is focused on Michigan State or local high school sports, local building projects or analysis of how GM’s cars are selling. Everything else is outsourced and secondary. I guess the only non-local news source available to the State Journal (AP) chose to ignore the story.

It is not credible that it simply missed the LSJ‘s publication deadline for the 4th. It’s not like the military didn’t give advance notice, it’s that nobody in Lansing was listening to original sources. The LSJ has the AP to filter world news for them. Pity.

TOC is happy to fill the gap.

How did you spend Independence Day?

BAGHDAD – How are you spending your 4th of July holiday? While most Americans probably slept, 1,215 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines raised their right hands and committed to a combined 5,500 years of additional service during the largest reenlistment ceremony in the history of the American military. …members of all services, representing all 50 states took the oath administered by Gen. David Petraeus, Commander of Multi-National Forces Iraq.

Petraeus, reiterating earlier remarks made by Command Sergeant Major Hill, said that the unprecedented ceremony sends a “message to friend and foe alike.” He told those assembled that it is “impossible to calculate the value of what you are giving to our country . . . For no bonus, no matter the size, can adequately compensate you for the contribution each of you makes as a custodian of our nation’s defenses.”

Read the rest at the link above.

Humble thanks to all of you who re-upped. Too bad we couldn’t have seen the story in our local paper.

Update: 8:39 AM, 5-July. The LSJ noted the story today with a small page 1 photo, and an AP story on page 3 where the 9th paragraph mentions (of 10) the re-enlistments.

10:19AM, 5-July. Video added

3 thoughts on “AWOL from the Lansing State Journal”

  1. This post reminds me of “Smarter Times” the New York Sun’s prelude web site. It had set itself up as an observer and critic of The Pink Lady, AKA The New York Times. And its performance was such that it was both a public service and a great read.The State Journal is an embarrassment. And as someone old enough to remember when that was not the case, I am saddened. But it is an increasingly irrelevant embarrassment. And as embarrassments go, it is not even Lansing’s greatest; the legislature and the governor’s office tie for that honor, with the mayor finishing a close second.

  2. Who reads the Lansing State Journal? Seriously… I’m asking.It’s all about MSU and nightlife, isn’t it? I mean, the city IS the Capitol of the State and if you click the “Capitol” section for the latest Michigan government news you’re lucky to find three stories in a week.But don’t think that I’m complaining. When the rag was a little more prolific it stood as a spire of liberalism on the already lefty MSM skyline…–

  3. I skim the paper, read the letters to the editor to keep tabs on the derangement level of the denizens of Ingham county and read the comics.Interestingly, the LSJ has helped me to convince my wife that there is a bias in the MSM. She would hear me snort about some story and started listening when I explained why.Now, she’s even pointing out some of it to me.