Gannett Is Not TCB
In the beginning, Fly on the Wall committed itself to Neverending Elvis, a recurring feature to document the posthumous global impact of Memphis' biggest pop culture phenomenon. But the original rocker's star has been fading fast in Las Vegas, another destination prized by Presley fans. Rare recordings and other artifacts have also lost value as older collectors died off, flooding an inflated market with tons of top-shelf Elvis paraphernalia. In these uncertain times, it's enough to make your Fly on the Wall team wonder if "Disappearing Elvis" might not be a better title going forward. Now, to so much injury, the out-of-town editors for Gannett Co., have added insult by literally cropping Elvis out of the Commercial Appeal. Small but meaningful slights add up, and Gannett's indifference is starting to feel personal.
File under Wow: According to advertising trade magazine AdAge, Christopher Ruddy (the CEO of NewsMax, a frankly conservative media company where TV hosts compare unflattering news reports about President Trump to "lynchings") is petitioning the FCC to delay any decision allowing the Sinclair Broadcast Group (an overtly conservative company employing former Trump staffer Boris Epshteyn as its Senior Political Analyst) to own a total of 233 local TV-news stations including Memphis' WREG.