Aside from the stigma of not having a daily newspaper, Portlanders will not remember The Oregonian as fondly as the people of New Orleans will remember their Times Picayune. For Portland, the real tragedy was moving from two daily newspapers to one. Newhouse bought The Oregonian in 1950, purchased its rival, The Oregon Journal, in 1961, and shut the Journal down in 1982, as soon as allowed under the purchase agreement.
Unlike the Times Picayune, The Oregonian is famous for not exposing the crimes and peccadilloes of the city’s political and economic elite. Editors have stopped story after story, and even once recalled an edition because it contained a story critical of a local business man and advertiser. Portland’s alternative weekly newspaper actually won a Pulitzer Prize for pursuing a story that The Oregonian would not.
At the Times Picayune dedicated journalism made a difference, at The Oregonian - not so much.
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