|Indianapolis Star Editor Jeff Taylor|
What made the front page of the print edition of the Star was instead the story of a councilor who had introduced a measure to prohibit councilors from displaying signs on the floor of the council, a reaction to the previous council meeting when five councilors displayed "Hands Up" signs in solidarity to Ferguson protesters alleging police brutality after the shooting of an unarmed man. An interesting, symbolic story, no doubt. But the proposal was hardly one that impacts Indy residents such as approval of the public safety tax increase.
Why didn't the Star report on the tax increase? Undoubtedly because Indianapolis Star Editor Jeff Taylor knew tax increases are not popular and he didn't want Indy residents to know what the Council did and that Mayor Ballard was the driving force behind the tax increase. To paraphrase what Taylor has told his employees: "Our job is not to report the news. Our job is to guide the news." If that means leaving residents in the dark on important issues like tax increases and hiring police officers to combat an ever increasing crime rate, Taylor is more than willing to use his position to do that. And that is why, folks, the Star's circulation continues to plummet.
UPDATE: An alert reader posted a link to an on-line story. I checked the Star's on-line edition out from the minute the story broke and never saw it on the Star's home page. (The only story about the council on the Star's home page was the story about signs.) The on-line story might have been buried in the news section of the on-line paper which would raise questions about that placement. Nonetheless, I did doublecheck the print edition of the Star and unbelievably Tuohy's story on the public safety tax increase didn't make the cut.