Hearst and H-E-B: A Beautiful Friendship

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How Hearst approaches stories about H-E-B.
A San Antonio blog has broken an interesting piece of news about the San Antonio Express-News, the sister paper to the Houston Chronicle (a relationship that gets closer and closer as budget cuts force consolidation).

The Plaza de Armas story is behind a subcription wall, but Jim Romenesko's journalism site was given permission to reprint it.

The SAEN killed a column about how H-E-B stores in San Antonio's poor neighborhoods were badly in need of upgrading. SAEN editor Bob Rivard said the column, by a veteran reporter, didn't meet the paper's standards; critics questioned whether the fact H-E-B is a huge advertiser played a role.

His response (we added the boldface):

You are free, of course, to campaign against us by asserting without any evidence that we are not publishing what you want us to publish because H-E-B is a major advertiser. I'd suggest instead that we approach any story about H-E-B based on its long-standing and well-deserved reputation in the city, region and state as a best-in-class business, leading corporate citizen, and a company and ownership with an unrivaled record of philanthropy and support for public education in Texas.

Well, that certainly is one way to approach any proposed story about a giant, influential, heavily advertising institution.


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Mike
Mike

I was wondering why the new HEB in Montrose is blocking views of the clearing of the lots and progress of the new store. I think they are raping the land and trees and just don't want anybody reporting them.

RungBellZ
RungBellZ

SAEN Editor Bob Rivard might have learned along the way that's it's impossible to prove a negative.

bubu
bubu

Speaking of Hearst and the Chron, more layoffs today, this time in the chron.com advertising department.

Longhorn289
Longhorn289

I'm shocked! A newspaper killing an unflattering story about a large advetiser? It can't be! (Frankly, I'm surprised the story was even written.)

Ralphy Evans
Ralphy Evans

H.E.B's white devils be tryin to keep a brotha down!

Brat
Brat

People say the same thing about the Houston Press and it's advertisers.

Give Me A Freaking Break
Give Me A Freaking Break

Solution: Get in your car and drive to another HEB if you don't like the one in your neighborhood. Enough with the constant whining and looking for something to get all 'offended' over.

Overactor
Overactor

They are raping the land?!! GASP!!!

Dempseyrew
Dempseyrew

let's hope it's the bloggers, i mean, 29-95 journalists.and falkenberg.

18tylenol
18tylenol

really...that's funny HP just wrote a restaurant review today that criticized a long-time advertiser....

Clemson32
Clemson32

Like who? I haven't heard that.

aplatanada
aplatanada

You're assuming that people those low-income neighborhoods have both a choice in grocery stores and in modes of transportation.

Give Me A Freaking Break
Give Me A Freaking Break

Why wouldn't they? Low-income people don't have cars? They don't have a dollar for the bus?

Is HEB somehow obligated to "upgrade"? Why? To who's standards? Last time I checked, HEB is a private company and can do what they want.

This whole thing is ridiculous. But seeing as how it was originally written by that Stroud clown, it's not surprising in the least it failed to cut the mustard.

Give Me A Freaking break
Give Me A Freaking break

I neglected to add...as long as a councilwoman isn't trying to garner more attention and votes by attacking HEB and making untrue claims. Surely there are more important issued to address in her district besides the appearance of a supermarket.

Dunsscotus
Dunsscotus

"Is HEB somehow obligated to "upgrade"? Why? To who's standards? Last time I checked, HEB is a private company and can do what they want."

Fine. Conceded/

So, it should also be fair game to be reported then, right?

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