Talk:The Plain Dealer

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Former good article nominee The Plain Dealer was a Social sciences and society good articles nominee, but did not meet the good article criteria at the time. There are suggestions below for improving the article. Once these issues have been addressed, the article can be renominated. Editors may also seek a reassessment of the decision if they believe there was a mistake.
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April 24, 2014 Good article nominee Not listed
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Current status: Former good article nominee


I would like to see an update to the article regarding the Judge Saffold lawsuit. More info here: (talk) 17:39, 28 April 2010 (UTC)

criticisms of the PD[edit]

I would like to see a section that is criticisms of the Plain Dealer, and will happily write it myself, but I would appreciate al the help I can get. (unsigned comment by FozzyMaple 23:10, 24 July 2006

I consolidated all the Criticism and Controversies into one section, but did not add any material. (deleted one redundant sentence) JimmB 16:51, 10 November 2006 (UTC)


i added a bunch of citations to fix up the article, but didn't get all the {{Fact}} tags. If anyone else wants to give it a stab, have at it. clevelandguy, 22:06, 5 June 2006 (EDT).


Does anyone know the source of the claim in the third sentence of the article, which states that Greater Cleveland "is ranked #1 in the country for Sunday newspaper readership percentage (75.4% of total adults) and #2 in daily newspaper readership percentage (62.6% of total adults), second only to New York City in the weekday editions"?

Thanks in advance. Mamawrites 23:19, 13 December 2005 (UTC)

From The PD's advertising literature: Source: Scarborough Research Multi-Market Study R2, Nov. 2003; Demographics USA 2003 Mar 21 2006

political leanings[edit]

I would just like to see verification that the Plain Dealer has 'right wing' editorial content. I know it endorsed President Bush in 2000. But I won't necessarily say that it makes a paper right wing. Unless you think that the article of every newspaper that supported Kerry should include a section calling the paper 'left wing'.Montco 02:02, 30 March 2006 (UTC)

It should also be noted that the paper is frequently criticized from the other side of the political spectrum for the perceived liberal slant of most of its columnists, particularly those who appear in the metro and features sections. On the other hand, its local op-ed often features the opinions of the hard-right Kevin O'Brien, a member of the editorial board.
Finally, as regards the newspaper's corporate voice, as expressed through its unsigned editorials: Certainly, The Plain Dealer has moved far from the reliably Democratic partisan it was until FDR ("Th' Plain Daler for news" was the choice of the Democratic bartender in Finley Peter Dunne's columns) but it endorses a mix of Democrats and Republicans, and its stand on public issues does not adhere to either party's platform -- its determination to reveal the names of those who own concealed-carry gun permits, when the state limited the release of those lists only to news organizations, has drawn fierce criticism from the pro-gun side, for example.
As with all businesses, the top manager -- in this case, the publisher -- retains the final say over major decisions including editorial endorsements. This common-sense fact -- that newspaper editorial boards usually are not democracies -- was lost on those who expressed outrage when most members of the edit board (note: the board is composed mostly of people whose only job is to write editorials; with one exception, they do not have any authority over the news columns) preferred to endorse Kerry over Bush, but the paper instead endorsed no one. This no-decision was likely because the publisher preferred the Republican. But, to be fair, at many other newspapers -- and, indeed, most companies -- where there was a split between the top manager and an advisory board, the result would not have been a compromise but rather the imposition of the will of the executive. (Remember the old story about Lincoln's cabinet?)
In fact, The Plain Dealer has a mix of ardent liberals, ardent conservatives/libertarians and middle-of-the-roaders. Its corporate voice tends toward the right ... but outside of Ben & Jerry's, so do the vast majority of American companies. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs)
  • As far as proof, see here and here (these aren't the best examples, but the ones that I can find most easily - and the Free Times is pretty liberal in its own right). It's not that the Plain Dealer is exclusively conservative - it's editorial pages aren't those of the Wall Street Journal, for example - but that it is somewhat conservative in a city that fairly reliably votes Democratic. As the anon pointed out, the overall paper is somewhat balanced, but the editorial pages are generally conservative - and while the editorial page will endorse Democrats and Republicans, the Democratic endorsements tend to be in non-competitive races that are already won. --DMG413 02:45, 4 April 2006 (UTC)

Discontinued Sections[edit]

Can someone please add to the list of Discontinued Sections of the Plain Dealer? Thanks --Josh 00:03, 25 July 2006 (UTC)

Fair use rationale for Image:Plain Dealer masthead.png[edit]

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Unwieldy hatnote[edit]

Usually when a hatnote grows that big, it's a good sign that a separate dab page is needed. Viriditas (talk) 09:08, 17 April 2014 (UTC)

GA Review[edit]

This review is transcluded from Talk:The Plain Dealer/GA1. The edit link for this section can be used to add comments to the review.

Reviewer: TonyTheTiger (talk · contribs) 08:13, 23 April 2014 (UTC)

GA Review[edit]

This review is transcluded from Talk:The Plain Dealer/GA2. The edit link for this section can be used to add comments to the review.

Reviewer: Wugapodes (talk · contribs) 01:41, 16 August 2015 (UTC)

Will review. Wugapodes (talk) 01:41, 16 August 2015 (UTC)


GA review – see WP:WIAGA for criteria

  1. Is it reasonably well written?
    A. Prose is "clear and concise", without copyvios, or spelling and grammar errors:
    B. MoS compliance for lead, layout, words to watch, fiction, and lists:
  2. Is it factually accurate and verifiable?
    A. Has an appropriate reference section:
    B. Cites reliable sources, where necessary:
    C. No original research:
  3. Is it broad in its coverage?
    A. Major aspects:
    B. Focused (see summary style):
  4. Is it neutral?
    Fair representation without bias:
  5. Is it stable?
    No edit wars, etc:
  6. Does it contain images to illustrate the topic?
    A. Images are tagged with their copyright status, and valid fair use rationales are provided for non-free content:
    B. Images are provided if possible and are relevant to the topic, and have suitable captions:
  7. Overall:
    Pass or Fail:


If the comment is numbered, it must be addressed for the article to pass, if it is bulleted, it's an optional suggestion or comment that you don't need to act on right now.
When I quote things, you can use ctrl+f to search the page for the specific line I quoted.

  1. Readership in lead doesn't match readership in the infobox.
  2. The lead may not adequately summarize the content of the article.
  3. "less than 50 years after Moses Cleaveland landed on the banks of the Cuyahoga River in The Flats" what does this have to do with the subject?
  4. "It also assured readers that the stories that would formerly have appeared in the Sunday Magazine would be integrated into other areas of the paper." This needs to be rephrased or removed. Either the stories were integrated or they weren't; the statement that they assured readers of such doesn't add any information.
  5. "On August 5, 2013, the Northeast Ohio Media Group launched and The Plain Dealer Publishing Company was formed. Northeast Ohio Media Group operates and Sun News and is responsible for all multimedia ad sales and marketing for The Plain Dealer, Sun News and It also provides content to The Plain Dealer, and Sun News. The Plain Dealer Publishing Company provides content and publishes in print seven days a week. The company also provides production, distribution, finance, information technology, accounting and other support services for the Plain Dealer Publishing Co. and Northeast Ohio Media Group." This paragraph feels like coat rack information and is only tangentially related to the subject.
  6. Why is awards and honors so high? Also, why is it in a list as opposed to prose? There must be something written about the content that earned them these awards.
  7. The Bureaus section seems to be entirely WP:OR and WP:SYNTHESIS
  8. Major Sections (which should probably WP:USEPROSE), only cites one source, and it is for the discontinuation of one section.
  9. The Design section cites no source.
  10. The Employees section cites no source. I assume the source is the paper itself but that should be made explicit.
  11. I'm also unclear why there's an employees section at all, and why it is a list rather than prose. Ideally we won't have an exhaustive list of everyone employed by them, and if we're going out of our way to mention the employees, we should probably say a little more about them.
  12. "The Plain Dealer has been criticized by liberal columnists for staking out generally conservative positions on its editorial page, despite serving a predominantly Democratic readership base." This should be explicitly sourced. As it is likely controversial and contrary to expectations.
  13. "The news coverage is generally more neutral, with national and international news often culled from wire services, including the New York Times'." This has no source.
  14. Criticism and controversy sections tend to be non-neutral, and probably cherry picked. The question often is why they can't be incorporated into prose. Further, why is the largest section of prose only about controversies? Why is there no actual coverage of what the newspaper frequently writes about? I doubt that a two time pulitzer winning publication and winner of "numerous" AP awards can only have coverage of its controversies. While working to increase the prose size of the article, you may want to think about how the controversies can be worked into the newly expanded prose.
  15. Fair use rational for the first August 7 image is not complete.
  16. Relevence of the image on Candy is not apparent.
  • There are a number of dead links. While not explicitly disallowed, they make verification difficult, especially since a number of them have no access date and no other publication information beyond the title and a URL.


Not listed This article is far from satisfying any of the GA criteria (except maybe being stable). This article has multiple uncited sections, a number the links are dead and not properly formatted to make verification easy, it needs to WP:USEPROSE more as much of the article is lists, it lacks coverage of the writing and coverage of the paper such as strengths or why it won those things in the list of awards, and it seems rather non-neutral as it gives WP:UNDUE weight, particularly to controversies despite the paper winning a number of awards for journalistic achievements, none of the included images conform to criterion 6. Further, much of this was brought up in the [[../GA1|previous GA review]] and seems to not have been addressed (see diff between last reviewed version and this version). As such, I don't think putting it on hold will be productive. Address these issues and renominate and it will probably fair much better. If you have any questions, you can comment here or on my talk page. Happy editing! Wugapodes (talk) 23:30, 16 August 2015 (UTC)