Cary Piecoup: SDN in VR’s pocket? |

Cary Piecoup: SDN in VR’s pocket?

Cary Piecoup

When you think you’ve read it all, alas you haven’t. I am appalled that the Summit Daily News caved in to pressure from Vail Resort’s CEO Rob Katz, and fired reporter Bob Berwyn, over an article that gives light criticism to the “ski industry” (Nov. 19). I am so beyond anger that bitter disappointment and heaviness in my stomach is all that I feel. When it comes to Vail Resorts, nothing surprises me. What does surprise me is how editor Alex Miller and publisher, Jim Morgan could fold so easily. Michael Moore made a comment in an article “Capitalism killed the newspaper” that the reader is secondary to the business community. If you get rid of all your reporters for doing their job at some point you won’t have a newspaper. In my eyes, you have killed your newspaper. You have forgotten your code of ethics for journalism.

One of The Code of Ethics for professional journalists is: Act Independently.

“Journalists should be free of obligation to any interest other than the public’s right to know: Deny favored treatment to advertisers and special interests and resist their pressure to influence news coverage.” You edited Bob Berwyn’s article, and therefore should mean you stand behind what was written. That Mr. Berwyn should be asked to grovel at the feet of Vail Resorts is asinine? How about you two grovel at the feet of your readers for your complete lack of spine. I will never read this newspaper again without feeling that every article is a “paid advertisement.” Why not just let Vail Resorts take over the paper and let them report what they want. Spin seems to be what they do best. Coming from the front porch of Vail Resort’s corporate office in Broomfield, the Front Range seem to believe we are knee deep in snow up here.

Summit Daily you have fallen far from the days when you swaggered into town and thumbed your nose at anyone who questioned your choice of words. You now appear like a starving dog waiting for a bone, and will do anything to get it. What a sad day for all of us. Summit Daily, you lay claim to the ultimate “Scum Alert”.

We will miss you Bob.

Editor’s note: For the publisher’s response to these issues, please see Jim Morgan’s column at

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