The Kevin DeMenna story is generating a lot of reaction, but I don't think it's the reaction that the Republic was hoping for. Yes, there's plenty of outrage, but it's directed at the Republic, not DeMenna. Twenty six hundred words starting on A-1....reserved for a person who isn't a public figure about an incident that is nearly a year old.
By way of contrast, the story of Former senate Majority Leader Scott Bundgaard's very public freeway domestic violence incident ran about 1,000 words and started on B-1. That incident led to Bundgaard's removal as Majority Leader and eventual resignation from the Senate.
Why the focus on DeMenna? It seems like the paper has just become a loose association of Bloggers who get to write what they want. As long as their Twitter following grows, then the facts or news judgment don't really matter. That's why the paper has so little readership, credibility or influence.