Good Morning Folks,
I send this along to you all for your amusement. It is a letter to the editor of the Taipei Times that I just wrote. Now in fact I am NOT going to send it. Two reasons for that; first, I am not interested in filling their paper with words for free. Second, I still to some limited extent need their good will. I still do features for them from time to time.
But the news item I mention in the letter did quite amuse me so I could not resist writing and circulating it among my journalist friends.
Dear Editor of the Taipei Times,
I read with considerable interest and with considerable amusement the piece Times host media group (page 2 of the May 24 edition). The article discusses a delegation from the National Newspaper Association who visited the Liberty Times Group and was treated to a presentation by Chen Chin-jung and Scholar Lee Chang-kuei.
The article says The delegation was particularly interested in how…The Taipei Times was able to come to the forefront and become the top English language newspaper in Taiwan just three years after is launch.
A better question to ask would be; how did the Taipei Times, using lame brained Taiwanese management, manage to achieve the following:
lose all of their quality reporters and commentators and
go from being clearly the best english language newspaper to being clearly the worse (well actually on par with the Taiwan I-Mei News)
All in three years.
Actually visiting the Taipei Times does provide important lessons for newspaper owners. Lessons in what not to do.
Former Criminal Justice Commentator, Taipei Times