Did I miss a day of [journalism school](http://journalism.missouri.edu)?
Because I don’t remember when Don Ranly said it was OK to [be paid by a city’s council to print only good news](http://www.ajc.com/news/content/shared-gen/ap/National/BRF_Good_News_Only.html).
If I were the [Star-Ledger](http://www.nj.com/starledger/), the local daily, I’d start up a marketing campaign pronto. I don’t think it’s worth attacking this joke of a weekly, but a campaign along the lines of “Good news. Bad news. And everything in between.” might be just what the doctor ordered.
It’s bad enough that we’ve got [propaganda at the national level](http://slate.msn.com/id/2113052/), but to see this blatant pay-off at the local level is disturbing.
If the Newark Weekly News is publicly admitting to taking money for publishing good news, then how many other papers are doing the same thing, only we haven’t heard about it.
Local bloggers, start your engines!