Why does it seem like The Star has been ignoring a very visible and interesting news story? In the last few weeks several prominent billboards went blank. I am sure that tens of thousands of Indianapolis residents have driven by these blank billboards and wondered why. I happen to know because Tom Williams of Citizens Against Billboard Blight has been doing a good job of electronic communications. I think The Star is cheating the citizens of Central Indiana by not covering this story and The Star is getting left behind in the electronic dust.
I applaud the City of Indianapolis for trying to maintain a beautiful city, and I think the seven-year battle against these billboards has made an interesting story. The picky technical legal details might not be that gripping, but the continuing political and legal gamesmanship by Pinnacle Media might be interesting to Star readers.
Let the citizens of Indianapolis know the whole story and bring the politics out into the public for discussion where it belongs.
Readers of Advance Indiana have been provided plenty of information about the story here, here and here. Corporate greed and protecting the media industry are probably the best answers for why the Gannett-owned Star has written nothing about the story. The Star similarly refused to write a single story when the real estate brokerage industry used its political muscle a couple of years ago to get a law enacted by the Indiana legislature, which virtually put discount real estate brokers out of business in Indiana. You see, the Star earns a lot of advertising dollars from real estate brokers and didn't want to risk offending them by informing its readers about the negative consequences of the legislation on the discount brokers and the consumers who benefit from their services. Thankfully, blogs allow us to bypass big media and reach people directly with the news they don't want you to hear.