New York Mayor Bill de Blasio recently conducted an interview in which he pounded the media and made this point.
“I’m greatly disappointed in the New York Times that they have greatly reduced their focus on New York City news," he said.
“Bluntly, a lot of the media in this town spends a disproportionate time on all sorts of other things, that are not the things affecting people’s lives” de Blasio said.
"The thing that fascinates the mainstream media is not the substance," he said. "It’s the spectacular, the scandalous, or the flavor of the moment."
He is, of course, exactly right. I can't count the number of times when I have participated in a real news event--groundbreaking for a multi-million dollar research facility, announcement of $100 million in research grants--that receive zero coverage. Instead, the paper is full of stories about the best places to get pizza on campus, or long breathless stories about some parking ticket that an elected official received.
To its credit, the Arizona Daily Star is starting to fix this problem. The Regents just met in Flagstaff and approved over $300 million in building projects for the University of Arizona. Guess what the article said.
More than $300 million in renovations and new construction are on the horizon for the University of Arizona.
The Arizona Board of Regents, which governs the state’s three public universities, met at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff this week and approved the UA’s capital plan, which includes five new projects in addition to $79 million for projects on hold.
The biggest of the five new projects, costing $157 million, is an Honors College dormitory and parking garage, a campus recreation facility and an office building. That project will be funded through a public-private partnership between the UA and American Campus Communities.
Wow, that's great. Keep up the good work.
By the way, if you doubt the economic impact of UA on Tucson, think how much money that project is going to pump into the economy.