Comments for: A day after blogs shut down, publisher out at Down East magazine

Posted July 31, 2012, at 4:07 p.m.

ROCKPORT | The publisher of Down East Magazine has left the position, according to Publishers Weekly. John Viehman’s position will be filled by CEO Bob Fernald. “John worked tirelessly for this organization in his six years here, overseeing a rebuilding of our ad-sales team, consolidating the Down East brand …

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  • Anonymous

    It is like watching a car wreck in slow motion, with live reporting!

  • Guest

    This stinks. Al Diamon’s Media Mutt blog was a must-read. I hope he finds a new home.

    • Diamon? Must read? Seriously? You think they got rid of him because he was popular? The guy is wrong as often as he is right, and he’s petty tool 

      • I meant “petty too.”

        • Anonymous

          Maybe you had it right the first time, Delores.  He may have been a “petty tool.”

          • Freudian slip.

          • Anonymous

            Have to love them, too, Delores. If Lepage could pronounce “Freudian,” he have to call them Freudian petticoats.

    • Anonymous

       Me too–I loved Al’s column.

  • Anonymous

    Let’s hope Fernald fixes what is broken and continues as this is a staple of Maine. Too bad to have let it go so long.

  • That would be “petty too.”

    • Anonymous

      Thank you for the correction, grammar!  LOL

  • Anonymous

    Downeast magazine, has, done more damage to Maine people, than probably any element involved in the great displacement of Mainers. Maybe not intentionally, maybe so, the selling of Maine, and advertising of Maine Homes, the crawling of NY, NJ, etc money to Maine, has
    displaced Mainers from owning homes for the most part, at least this generation to buy and pay for a home. The real estate business is as guilty as any element, using DownEast to sell Maine. This quiet revolution only has true Down East and up  North to conquer. Our harbors have been stripped of processing plants so these summer complaints will not get there boats dirty. We are truly the State of Transplants, and it is showing.

    •  Gosh:  I think this is the first time I have agreed with you!

    • Mike Lange

      Gee, pardon me for moving here from New York 40 years ago. I’ve worked, paid taxes, served in the military and raised a family in this state. And Downeast had nothing to do with it.

      • Anonymous

        Yes, my wife and I moved to Maine a number of years ago, have been productive citizens, have paid a lot of taxes here, and have not burdened the system by having children in public schools and by demanding welfare, food stamps, or other public benefits.  We haven’t displaced any Mainers, either.  We know a lot of other transplants in the same position.

      • Anonymous

        No need to fret, in just a few more generations you’ll be pardoned, Mainers are generous that way.

    • Anonymous

      This kind of displacement has occurred for some time, and not just in Maine.  It is not new.  There have always been well-to-do “rusticators.”  In order for land to be developed, it must first be sold.  Processing plants did not close due to “summer complaints,” but due to buy-outs. 

      If you, (in the general sense),  go on vacation elsewhere, do you consider what land has been displaced, what people have been displaced in order to give you your holiday, or what wages are , or the living conditions are, for people attending to you.  It would be no vacation if you considered these factors.   

      For years I read ‘Yankee Magazine’, before it’s reformatting.  It offered a level of fantasy and escape that was enjoyable and the appearance of being not blatently exclusive.  The allegiance to folkways and mores, and folklore and tradition, was strong.  As I recall articles in DownEast, not everything was sugar-coasted, but the target audience, I agree, is far more directed to a certain economic segment of the population.  The same is now true of ‘Yankee Magazine’, for example.

      It is not reasonable to put the blame on a magazine.  It  takes direct, local, state, and national involvement to maintain quality of life and equitabilty, and a lack of pretense that our well-being is being protected by some benevolent benefactor.

  • Anonymous

    What are they going to do now without the blogs, oh my…..LOL

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