I was more than a little amused last week when Ben Kaufman on CityBeat’s Porkopolis Blog reported how a lazy writer over at CiN Weekly raved about the great coffee at One Mo Cup of Coffee Café in Northside – a café that has been closed for over a year.
While this screw up is funny, it’s not surprising.
CiN Weekly is not here to enlighten you about coffee houses. They are not here to keep you informed. They are not here to help the community and I doubt if they really care if you read them or not.
Why is CiN Weekly Here? To drive out competition. To try and kill the true alternative newspaper in this city – CityBeat.
Of course, it hasn’t worked just as it hasn’t worked in other cities where Gannett (that’s who owns the CiN Weekly rag and also The Cincinnati Enquirer mess) has attempted to go in and take away market share from successful alternative newspapers. Maybe it works for awhile, but more sooner than later, readers catch on to the “fake” alternatives. They are full of sound bites, fluff and lazy writing. Ever notice how those CiN Weekly racks are always full these days?
Click here to read a story published by The Beast last year about how Gannett entered the alternative newspaper business in Rochester, New York. Their version of CiN Weekly is the Insider and the article clearly shows how Gannett can’t stand any kind of competition.
Now, I must head over to Northside and the One Mo Cup of Coffee Café.
(Photo of CiN Weekly ripped off from Gannett. This was their first offering – “That’s So Cincinnati” – a ripoff of a story CityBeat did some years earlier. Lazy indeed)