The HOTLINE got a nice shout out in this WDT story for the revelation that Rep. Elise Stefanik supports Donald Trump after weeks of declining to say so. I rarely make news on the show but went into the interview with the intent of pinning her down on the issue since her principle opponent has declined to make a similar determination.
It was a caller who got the endorsement by expressing anger and frustration over the reluctance to say Mr. Trump by name. She then did. Now it's news five days later, and it's news in the paper of record..
It's not nice to say but there is a correlation between declining interest in a news product and a consistent and demonstrated casual attitude about covering things in real time. Same thing happens with crime stories because, as a former insider told me of late, the editor doesn't like crime stories. There was another major story of late fed to me and highlighted by an aggregator but ignored by those who should know better.
There are some good stories in print and when there are we have said so, but the first three letters of "news" are n-e-w. That's often not the imperative and the serious news consuming public understands that.