When good news is bad news: The Postal Service spins its Q3 financial report

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One might think that a good financial report would be welcome news to postal management, but good news isn’t good when you’re trying to justify downsizing, service cuts, and more dismantling. The third quarter financial report came out last week, and it looks like the Postal Service is having a decent year.  Maybe the worst is over.  Maybe the upturn … Read More

The Postal Service propaganda machine kicks into gear

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Over the past couple of weeks, numerous local news outlets around the country have published op-ed pieces and "letters to the editor" written by District Managers of the Postal Service.  The writers argue that Congress needs to give the Postal Service more freedom to act like a business so that it can return to profitability.  They advocate going to five-day … Read More

More fun with charts: The Times graphs mail volumes

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The New York Times has an opinion forum today with six contributors weighing in on the Postal Service’s plan to eliminate next-day delivery for first-class mail.  One of the contributors is yours truly, Steve Hutkins of “Save the Post Office,” so many thanks to the Times and editor Katy Roberts for the opportunity to tell a different story about what’s … Read More

The New York Times Editorial: How many things can you get wrong in 300 words?

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The New York Times welcomes the holiday season with a 300-word editorial entitled “Overhauling the Post Office for the 21ST Century.”  The piece gets so many things wrong that it would be laughable if it weren’t so maddening.  It’s really the Times’ editorial staff that ought to overhauled.   On five-day delivery First, the Times calls the request from management to … Read More

Setting the Record Straight, part two: The NY Times Does It Again

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The New York Times does it again.  Not a word, not one, about the hundreds of “Save America’s Postal Service” rallies that took place across the country on September 27, and then today it publishes an article with the usual mainstream-media slant and uncritical repetition of Postal Service PR.  It's by Randall Stross, a business professor at San Jose State University, … Read More

Mix-Up at the Times: Editorial Ends Up as Front-Page Lead

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Leave it to the New York Times to ignore the story on the post office for months, and then to put out a front-page piece that gets most of the story wrong.  Actually, the piece is fine, but it’s in the wrong part of the paper — it belongs on the Op-Ed page.  It’s not news.  It’s rife with opinion, slant, and … Read More