CINCINNATI (TDB) -- Today's front page of the Cincinnati Enquirer has a Malia Rulon story that starts with this paragraph: "You hear it every time you turn on a political talk show: Ohio is the battleground for presidential politics." But the Jan. 18 version of the newspaper's blog carried the same story, so it was three days old when home delivered to subscribers.
The print version of the newspaper lists a 50-cent cover price, which means at face value Enquirer readers paid about $95,000 today to purchase a product that contained either stale, or out-of-date, or previously used information. Inquiring minds are wondering: Is it ethical for a media company to charge people for leftovers? The blog, of course, can be accessed for free on the Internet.
Interestingly, the Enquirer carried another front page story that could be read as critical of Hamilton County officials for failing to act as proper stewards of public money. That piece focused empty spaces that were rented in the Butler County Jail at a cost of $833,755. Perhaps there is some irony present in today's front page news coverage: If the government wastes money bad; if you waste your money on the newspaper, so what?