So I’m reading a copy of New Hampshire Business Review or NHBR the March 11-24 issue which as its name states is primarily about business in New Hampshire.
Or so it says.
As I’m reading a klaxon seems to be sounding: this is slanted journalism at its best. A better word(s) here might be biased journalism. I’m not going to sit here and recount a page by page analysis but as an example I’m looking at page six and a smiling face of former Senator Peter Burling—it’s basically a press release about the NH Rail Authority which the NH House voted recently to dissolve. Of course the article goes pro Burling quoting some interesting statistics including: “The rail service would create over $2.4 billion in new business over a 20 year period, as well as $1 billion in wages stemming from nearly 1,000 new jobs according to a preliminary study done by the Economic Development Research Group of Boston.”
And let me guess: this study wasn’t paid for by the taxpayers.
Before I move on to the rest of this newspaper who exactly is this Economic Development Research Group of Boston? The Amtrak Downeaster (Boston-Portland) has been in operation since 2001-2002 operates in a market that is substantially larger than what is proposed by the New Hampshire Rail Authority and doesn’t generate the numbers that are stated here.
So I kept reading lots of articles and the challenges of business in a complex world: diesel fuel, exports, employment law, manufacturing, health and all written by individuals that are on the periphery of these issues. Of course statistics are thrown around like they mean something in reality. Did you know that 41% of third graders in Coos County are classified as being overweight—the highest percentage in the state. Quite a quandary and challenge here. Then I noticed that the lawyers seem to have articles toward the rear of the newspaper and I’ll stereotype their writing style: the define the problem from two or three angles refuse to take a coherent position on their own and then close it out with some lofty goal for the future like creating a program or law that is “worthwhile.”
I think we need more worthwhile things in New Hampshire like this newspaper. Of course I’m looking around in this small newspaper for ads for lawyers and law firms I’m thinking there will be a business overlay to the legal practice. To my complete amazement I don’t find any ads for lawyers and law firms.
Is this strange or what?
I was going to use the rest of this blog to discuss the last page which is called Flotsam and Jetsam which are some short political takes in New Hampshire. I’m going to pass over this. But right next to this is a big ad for The Lobby “where business and politics meet.” I think this is a site like NHInsider.com but the difference is that users of the lobby site have to pay for the content they read.
What strikes me as interesting about the lobby is the list of contributors to the site.
How much experience do any of these people have in business?