Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Jeff Gianola Trib Reference: Local Institution or Product Placement?

In the first paragraph of the Tribune’s article on Tom Grant this week, it compared the awesome pianist to other institutions in Portland, including KOIN anchor Jeff Gianola. That compliment is clouded by the Trib’s business relationship with KOIN news. Besides, if anybody at KOIN is an institution it’s Mike Donahue.
Wanting to be fair the Portland Freelancer googled “Jeff Gianola institution”- and the search results were immediate. He was mentioned in an old PDX Media Insider post as a great anchor “before his ego got the best of him.” The word “institution” did appear on the same post but it was in regards to Tim Hibbits.
Here’s how the conversation between the editors and sports/piano reporter Kerry Eggers should have gone: “Kerry, you better take out this Jeff Gianola reference. Some idiot with a blog is going to think we stuck it in there just to plug KOIN News. Besides, the only real institution they’ve still got over there is Mike Donahue.” “But it’d mean so much to Tom Grant. No one knows this but Jeff is Tom’s childhood hero.” “I’m sorry, but I don’t care. We don’t even want the appearance that we are exaggerating Jeff’s importance just because we have a relationship. That would be wrong.”


At 10:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Trib is lost. They are loaded with journalist talent, and still they seem to be floating in space.

Instead of being lackies for the police, and the business community they should be turning this town upside down with investigative pieces on any number of things.

I lost respect for the Trib a couple years back when all the shooting where happening in NE, and North Portland - instead of doing stories on gentrification, and the realities of the neighborhoods they turned it into a side show with flash journalism on gangs and violence.

Imagine what Nick, Jennifer, and Jim could do if turned loose and given the proper support. We may never know...

At 5:32 AM, Blogger Bill McDonald said...

Thanks for your comment, you Tribster, you.
Are you suggesting a front page lead article on Tom Grant turning 60, isn't the cutting edge journalism you were hoping for?
I had a similar experience reading one issue in the midst of some police problem and the Trib story was about police horses complete with a picture of one eating the blossoms off a tree.
If only we could live in a place that fluffy.

At 9:36 PM, Blogger rickyragg said...

Let me guess,

You're not Gianola's biggest fan.

What, inquiring minds want to know, is the basis for this?

I'll take my answer off the air.

At 12:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, the Tribune's relationship with KOIN is not strong enough to have precluded running a few small ads for KATU that, unless my memory completely fails, ran on the bottom of Page One.


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