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When a special interest owns a newspaper you get special conflicts

21 Oct 2017 1:10 PM | Kate McLaughlin (Administrator)

The October 20, 2017 edition of The Cordova Times features a front page article on the recent 'follow-up' visit from the Navy reporting on the spring's Operation Northern Edge's exercises in the North Gulf of Alaska, as well as several articles of personal interest to Eyak Corporation, the newspaper's owners.  

The Navy article "NE17 used less ordinance than allowed" does a good job carrying water for the Navy, but greatly lacks reporting on the significant turn out to the public meeting held during a special Cordova City Council meeting, the varied interests attending, and the important questions and concerns raised. 

A subsequent article discusses the recent approval by the Army Corp of Engineers for an oil spill response facility to be built at Shepard Point.  This is the 2nd week this particular piece was run in The Cordova Times.  This edition paired it with a supporting article written by Chugach Alaska Corporation. The Chugach Alaska article also mentions the Port Gravina gravel project, which PWSK opposed due to the clear conflict of EVOS 'protected' surface lands being put aside in favor of subsurface owner's rights - and the loss of a pristine area of Prince William Sound to non-renewable resource development. 

A third article discusses Chugach Alaska's participation in the Bering River Coal fields sequestration, but does so without mentioning the significant work done by Eyak Preservation Council and other environmental advocacy groups to pave the way for this great victory in preserving our irreplaceable Copper River Delta watershed.  

This issue of the Cordova Times clearly outlines the inherent conflict when a special interest owns a media organization and then generates articles shaped for its own benefit. Clearly, independent journalism suffers great harm, as does the public's right to be fully informed.  

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