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Gannett pulls plug on Tucson Citizen, again

Four and a half years after the press of the Tucson Citizen rolled for the final time, the final employee of what became a blogging site was laid off Friday. Newspaper chain Gannett announced that the website would become an archive, letting go sportswriter Anthony Gimino (for the second time) and shutting down the site.
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Jan 31, 2014, 3:17 pm
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I had been waiting for just such an occurrence. I’ve posted over 100 articles on my blog, ReTired Tucson Teacher and dozens more on my Armchair Marcaeologist. It has been a great opportunity and I enjoyed the experience immensely. It is too bad that this type of written interchange is no longer available to our regional readers and the blogging world at large.

Jan 31, 2014, 3:39 pm
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Good riddance.

I tried blogging there. I stopped partially because I was not comfortable working within the TC’s rules (namely no profanity), but mostly because it was a site for idiots, by idiots. This is in no way a knock on Mark Evans. I found him to be nothing but fair and professional not only with me but with everyone I observed him dealing with.

But, with anyone welcome to blog, and anyone welcome to comment…for the most part, the only people who showed up were left-wing extremists. That made for an atmosphere where a person with a brain-such as myself-felt as if he were beating his head against a wall. So, I gave up.

I thought things were looking up for that place once Evans booted Three Sonorans, but then Mexican-American times popped up, which was the same hate-filled tirades but with a little eye candy. That was the only difference.

TC shutting down is better for everyone as far as I’m concerned.

As to what’s going up in its place…I LOVE the idea. However, why only back to ‘93?

Feb 1, 2014, 6:52 am
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Yeah, the Citizen had some dedicated talented folks hanging around, I’m sure something even better will come along for all of them.

I am REALLY concerned with the archives….I hope someone who appreciates their value, photos and articles, can spirit the stuff to the Historical Society before it gets unceremoniously thrown in a dumpster by some corporate downsizing idiot.

Feb 1, 2014, 5:53 pm
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I do have an unanswered question about all of this…

For the bloggers, are they going to be granted access to go in and get copies of their blogs, or are they just lost forever unless they saved a copy on their own prior to this?

I’m just curious. Despite my lost interest in the blog, I remained on the mailing list. Based on what I saw there was no advance warning to anyone about this. No one said “we’re gonna pull the plug Friday”, they just did it. While I’m not a fan of many of the bloggers on TC, I have to admit pulling the plug on them with no advance notice was a pretty dick move on the TC’s part.

Feb 2, 2014, 10:25 pm
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The usury of the collection of magnanimous bloggers is beyond egregious. Not all readers found an affinity with the site, but with content and opinion suspended for a moment, they did in fact assist with the sticky wicket compliance issues with the Justice Department compliance adherence for the J.O.A. This is the exact kind of behavior the Pope has referenced in recent encyclicals.
It is duly noted that Gannett is also the owner of Military Times, the publisher of Army, Navy, Marine and Air Force Times. Possibly they will distribute some of their unearned revenues, by bagging 50% of the Arizona Star’s retail ad’s, and tithing to Disabled Veterans

Feb 3, 2014, 8:33 am
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I have one more thought about this…

Mark Evans stated, correctly in my opinion, that the TC’s only objective was to exist.

I’m not just talking about Tucson, I’m not just talking about a media outlet, I’m not just talking about a website, I’m talking about ANYTHING in life…

If the one and only objective of anything is to merely exist, then that entity doesn’t need to be existing.

Feb 4, 2014, 1:48 am
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Fort Buckley and Fraser007 were hardly left wing. Both erudite and pleasantly conservative.

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