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Oregon Media Insiders Is Done

Oregon Media Insiders will cease to operate (at least under Lynn) as of tomorrow.

I lost a friend today over this site--a good friend, one of my best friends. Losing friends was always a risk of doing this site, and in a way I'm surprised it hasn't happened sooner. I don't think I can get this friend back; I've been told not to respond to the email, though I'm going to try anyway.

I've never liked running uncivil websites, ever. In fact, I've never run one, other than OMI. I've never had a website quite like it. The problem with OMI has always been that the more I censored, the more open to lawsuits I was. And I have no legal defense team, no corporate owner with big pockets to rescue me. There's only me. I know this is a concept that's really weird-sounding to some of you, but I'm telling you, that's the way the legal precedents stand now.

Moving to accounts-only posting has helped a great deal with the nasty drive-by posting. But I can't do this any more. A broken heart can do what a purple-faced news director or corporate lawyer cannot.

So I have to stop doing this. End of day tomorrow (when the current ads expire) I'm taking the site offline. I would like very much for someone to take over OMI. I think it's important that a site like this continue, but I don't have it in me any more.

I really hope somebody picks up the slack and carries the site further, as I think it was a good blog for junkies like me who have worked in the very same kinds of places that are talked about on that site. I've linked there a few times in the past, and I think that media commentary that that site provides is sorely needed.

More commentary here and here.

Honestly, if I knew more about the Portland-area media, I'd offer to at least help take over the site, but I already have very little free time as it is.

Update: Folks are trying to keep up the discussion elsewhere.

Posted by Jake on 06/04/09 @ 02:11 PM
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