Should a Fresnan be worried that local dominate developer, Granville Homes, runs a local news based website?
Well, I wasn’t. When I saw GV Wire pop up earlier this year I thought. “Well, this is silly. You guys are covering stories that the Fresno Bee (probably wisely) deemed too boring to post. Have fun with that.” Then I went about my nerdy Fresno Internet day.
Then, last week, came the news that Granville courted the Fresno Bee’s Bill McEwen over to their site. [insert surprised emoji here]
Wait. That’s a real dude who knows what he’s doing. A guy I trust. A guy that has written a lot of columns I like and agree with. And he’s leaving the Bee to work for a developer’s attempt at a news site?
This. Just. Got. Serious.
Granville running a news website brings up questions.
Why does a developer need a news site???
— Sergio Cortes (@surgecortes) August 29, 2017
Yeah. Why DOES a developer need a news site? A developer with ownership that fights Fresno’s attempts to not sprawl, every step of the way. Ownership that can be at odds with local media.
The answer is, Granville wants to control the local narrative. Duuuhh.
Them damn liberals at the Fresno Bee won’t talk about the latest cool opening of another development! They like bike lanes and buses and think our air should be cleaner. Yeah, they don’t know what they’re doing. We’ll start a REAL news site. One that covers issues us old dudes care about!
Have fun with that guys. Even with Bill Mac working for ya, people are not going to give a shit.
I can not think of a worse type of company to run a local media website in Fresno, than a housing developer. They have made such a mess of this town over many years, I can not trust that they will be neutral about anything regarding city planning.
Before you say “Hey, but doesn’t the Bee take advertising dollars from Granville?” Sure they do. But being a paper run by journalists with a very serious separation of marketing and reporting:
I don't even know where they sit in the building lol.
— Rory Appleton (@RoryDoesPhonics) August 29, 2017
I trust the Bee has Fresno’s best interest at heart. I do not feel the same about any developer getting into the media game.
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