Yelp reviews newspapers: ‘mediocre’ journalism, but teriyaki stir fry at cafeteria ‘delightful’

An underappreciated benefit of digital delivery of newspaper content: The news doesn’t arrive on your doorstep covered with fleas.

Turns out newspapers aren’t immune to the bizarre — and often hilarious — complaints that bedevil restaurants and other small businesses on Yelp. But the review site also includes some appreciations of what only the local newspaper can offer and insight into how readers feel about the transition to digital.

Here are some of the best reviews I found, putting aside most of those focusing only on politics or delivery/billing problems (which are what attract the most complaints and seem to plague every newspaper). Bold emphases are mine; all photos by AP.

The Wall Street Journal

Malden G. (2013):
Today’s front page story about NSA privacy invasions should have been released in 2006. It is 7 years late.

Tess M. (2012):
Because I’m not a hardcopy kinda gal, as I HATE newspapers stacking up and the subsequent recycling, The WSJ Online, although pricy, speaks to me with news alerts throughout the day, In Today’s Paper, hot off the presses that slips silently into my inbox, along with my customized preferences, The Personal Journal and Life & Culture that also arrive with regularity, regardless of the proverbial rain, sleet, or delivery contractor who overslept.

Eric B. (2009):
Many years ago, I was sitting at my desk reading the WSJ over lunch. A pipefitter at the large Houston Ship Channel chemical plant that we were both working, happened by. He took one look and hollered in his best Texas accent: “The Wall Street Journal! What are you, some sort of a G-d Damn tycoon?

The New York Times

Vincent H. (2013):
We walked by, it looked cool from the outside and fancy.

Eric B. (2009):
My NY Times usually arrives at 4 AM and all wrapped up in blue. My cat Socks and I are usually there waiting when it lands on my step. And as a Center-Left Democrat, this part of the “Mainstream Media” suits my political inclinations the best.

New York Post

James H. (2010):
Serious. I use to live in NY, ride the subways, ride the Staten Island Ferry, really get about and the only paper I saw NY’s buying and reading was the NY Post. No shame admitting they enjoy a good story and headline like anyone else. At least you know what you are getting with this paper unlike the agenda from say the NY Times.

The Washington Post

Realistsofly A. (2013):
I didn’t go in but I have always enjoyed a print newspaper

Ruth C. (2012):
News source bias debate aside, I was generally happy with my Washington Post Sunday subscription. With print publication suffering as a slowly dying breed in the face of “oh-noes-the-internetz,” after the first year they were willing to throw free weekday deliveries at me until my old apartment looked like a candidate for Hoarders

Allison A. (2010):
I love the WaPo. … My only beef is I wish they would stop trying to change the site and make it hip. Leave it alone! I like the format, as funky as it is.

Dallas Morning News

Sam E. (2011):
An icon of Dallas news. Love reading the quote on the facade of the building. With the changes in news over the past 20years it is soon becoming a thing of the past, so get a look at it while you can. Plus it is right across from Union Station. Lots of history was printed in this place.

Orange County Register

Tom S. (2014):
I am giving them a 5 star rating along with one big complaint! The complaint is that the newspaper is too large, and filled with so many interesting articles, that I can rarely get through it during my breakfast. I find that I am taking unread sections with me during my daily appointments in case I find myself waiting in waiting rooms for an appointment.

Debbie P. (2013):
I used to love getting the Register since it’s a local paper and the prices were reasonable. Now, the prices have gone up and I recently lost my job and had to downsize to the LA Times only on Sunday’s. The LA Times on Sundays are a whole lot inexpensive then the Register.

Star Tribune

Nick. C (2010):
Basically, the only thing I ever bother reading anymore is the comments on stories posted on the website. Take any story, it doesnt matter what…and some third-tier suburbanite will find some way to bitch and moan about illegal immigration, socialism, and Barack Hussein Obama. COMEDY FOR HOURS

The San Francisco Chronicle

Eduardo P. (2014):
I don’t read any paper, but I subscribed to help a boy that was selling subscriptions. So I received the paper every Sunday and I just recycled it without even open it every time. Then I discover that they continued sending me the paper after the subscription was supposedly over, so I asked and they told me that I have a debt for $15 because they auto-renew subscriptions. WTF? I never signed for auto-renewal, that is a dirty trick to try to keep money flowing in despite their pathetic content. I’m assuming that judging by their web site, because I don’t even know how the printed version looks like.

Richard T. (2013):
What’s that they now ask? If I want to read certain articles online in their entirety I have to pay for their premium edition? Hold on, can’t do that right now…this lovely ad for Target just popped up on my computer screen and is blocking my view…

The Times-Picayune

Jen. L (2012):
Here’s the thing about the TP. Everyone loves to pick on it but then I go read papers in other cities and I realize how lucky we are to have it. It has it’s issues (get it, Ha!) but I think it is still solid. The online site ( is more likely to have typos and errors as they rush to get the news out, but most of these are corrected by the time they print.

Marielle S. (2012)
Sure, this paper has flaws, but who doesn’t save the first page when something significant happens in this town (Katrina, Super Bowl).

The Plain Dealer

Jim R. (2011):
There are only 2 reasons to be awake at 5 am on a Sunday morning, One of them for me was to get groceries because i could shop without running into housewives in curlers the size of hula hoops, and to score a Plain Dealer.

Chicago Tribune

Dorothy C. (2014):
Quit littering my lawn and porch with your damn local values free papers. I’ve called. I’ve written, I’ve begged. I don’t want them. Our tenants don’t want them. What do we have to do to get you to stop dropping your trash all over our neighborhoods?

Dodge S. (2012):
There more to love than just their newspaper. I am a fan because of their excellent iPhone app. It is much better than some of the local news channel apps. Always updated and relevant. I am a fan because of their amazing Tribune Tower on Michigan Ave. Check it out! The building has stones from around the world embedded along the outside walls that you can look up from the sidewalk and see all the way around the perimeter of the building.

Ben B. (2007):
The tribune is overall a pretty good newspaper. … However, they sometimes put their best stories on page 27, and the old-school broad page format is difficult to follow in my armchair, much less the El. Why the hell do I have to read one part of a story on page one, then leaf past all the stupid ads to read the rest on page 32? If the Trib. was more user-friendly, maybe tabloid format?, ITtd get a 4.5-5 from me.

Arizona Republic

William C. (2014):
Another thing, their alleged “New” website is a 100% rip-off of the USA Today !! How easy that was, “New and Improved”, sure.

Rudy D. (2014):
Got to tour the inside with journalism teachers. Got to sit in on a budget meeting for the following days paper. These people are awesome! I have no idea about their newspaper delivery service, but they have a cool app and online presence, and they were super friendly to us and showed us how they operate! Plus I think i saw the AZ version of clark kent in a cubicle.

Los Angeles Times

Melvin F. (2014)
For the past several months, when I open the Times in the morning, Fleas (or some kind of tiny bugs) fly out of there newspaper.Very disconcerting. … The last time I phoned, the representative offered to have my paper enclosed in plastic. That is being done now for a few weeks but it did not solve the problem. … MY L A TIMES STILL HAS FLEAS

Michael M. (2013):
I think their journalism is mediocre at best. But I have to say that they have a fantastic cafeteria at their headquarters! Today I had a delightful teriyaki stir fry dish. In fact, my only complaint is that this isn’t an everyday menu item.

Fred C. (2013):
Superior news articles, sports, and other content. One only needs compare to the internet articles to gauge quality. And using the coupons and ad circulars practically pays for the subscription.

The Oregonian

W B. (2014):
My experience with the delivery of the newspaper to my house could provide ideas for a PORTLANDIA episode. Again this morning my newspaper is soaking wet. Yes it was wrapped in plastic but only sealed on one end. They must train their carriers to keep one end open. This causes rain runoff to collect in the bag. Is this to help keep it from going into rivers to protect the Salmon? This must be such a common problem that there is now an OPTION on the automated phone reporting system to report A WET NEWSPAPER. It’s not like its a suprise that it rains here.

Tampa Bay Times

Connie M. (2013):
I love this newspaper! But who wants to read a review about a newspaper? Well, I am here to tell you about the method that my paper gets delivered – on my iPad! Woohoo! I’m green!!

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  • Kara

    Hey Henrietta, you’re back! Don’t be gone so long. We need your insight!

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  • The Serf

    The only thing you need to know about the media in the US is this: Liberal and left-wing propaganda for the Democratic Party.

  • AmyBellows

    And now you (and I) are commenting in a comments section of an article about a comments section… Full circle!

  • EpicMale

    There are some small town newspapers that are flat out conservative. Of course you won’t see their stories picked up by AP or Reuters.

  • David

    DISQUS is a really nice resource for the NSA to track comments. As an oligarchy, our Dear Leaders need to keep a tab on us…

  • disqus_v8NEyvCfgt

    An article about the comments section. What lazy journalism, hey wait a minute I read the whole thing. Touche

  • David

    I usually go to the hotel next door to get a free copy of the USA Today. It’s useful for starting fires in my back yard fire-pit. I love to watch government propaganda (Newspeak) burn…


    Judging by the comments in the article only liberals read print news. Standby for the “too big to fail” bail outs.

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  • Mike South

    I’m not sure they’ve lost it so much as that, now that there are other outlets, their bias is more obvious. (Or, possibly, the bias is more concentrated because people who want to work in journalism but are not leftward-bent can find non-hostile work environments to do it in, so they don’t work at the old guard companies.)

    I know it seems incredible, but they don’t even know they are biased–they are surrounded by people that think like them, they heard the same viewpoint from every professor, etc, and they think “this is just what any thinking person thinks”.

  • dilajoe

    I would never believe anything that AP writes, its always pathetic and always a LIE.

  • Michael Ishida

    The LA Times has become utter crap since being purchased by the Trib. Refuse to deliver in SoCal so why bother anymore? If I need to wipe my ass there’s the San Diego Union…

  • ace

    Good uses for newspapers? Local city papers have larger sheets than community papers and are better for packing. The larger sheets are also good when trying to clip finger or toe nails on a squirmy kid. One of the best parts of my “local” Gannett paper? The Saturday Real Estate Section where the prices homes sold for and the name of buyers and sellers are given.

    I would like a regular article on local history. I like articles on what is going on at different schools. They used to do articles on new small businesses which were interesting but have been discontinued. I would like articles on people’s hobbies or volunteer activities, especially if unusual. I like articles on church or club activities particularly when they inform of speakers or tell of activities which are open to non-members like book, craft, exercise, or travel clubs/groups. I like articles which highlight neighborhoods – home styles/architecture, shops, especially eating places, schools, parks, etc. Why doesn’t the “local” paper share a best of the com boxes? Why doesn’t Gannett let people sign in with DISQUS? Some of us don’t Facebook and don’t want to.

  • aspenguy

    Goodnight and good luck.

  • yerfackingmammy

    Poynter: The Epicenter of Jounalizm.

  • johnsmith500

    They are completely worthless right now. Overrun by liberal hacks.

  • Henrietta Hicks

    Newspapper smell turrible. Got cemical burn up my nostrel from dem ink dey use in dem pappers. Too mach bad smell, smell werse den magazin wich has perfumm smel in it.

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  • Starland sound

    Repeating the poster below, he nailed it.

    “When there was no choice, people read the corporatist newspapers just
    like they watched CNN. Once real news was covered, most people stopped
    buying the propaganda.” – Brimp

  • Dencal26

    I stopped buying the NY Times until I discovered it was impossible to paper train our new puppy without it. He won’t pee on any other papers.

  • Dunnyveg

    A newspaper delivered full of fleas? What else could one expect from the liberal tripe that newspapers have become. It’s true that one who lies with dogs also get fleas, but at least dogs are loyal and grateful. To liberals, loyalty and gratitude are dog’s diseases. Thus, I’m proud to say that my fleas all come from man’s best friend rather than man’s worst enemy.

  • Sean Patriot

    I sh1tcan every paper I see

  • brimp

    When there was no choice, people read the corporatist newspapers just like they watched CNN. Once real news was covered, most people stopped buying the propaganda.

  • crusader2010

    I don’t open any newspaper or USPS, UPS or Fedex package in my house. Everything is opened next to the city supplied trash can.

  • KWHodges56

    Newspapers in general have lost their trustworthiness. Thus, their demise.

  • artemis133

    I put our local rag underneath the plastic liner in my cat litter box.

  • svfoxhotmail

    Newspapers will go online or die.

  • aldo catorri

    The newspaper is great for lining the bird cage as its generally full of crap.

  • cleve_blakemore

    We found the best use for these papers in West Virginia as expedient toilet paper. The trick is to tear a piece off the right length without accidentally reading any of the print.

    The thing about Pravda was … the Russians knew Pravda was a propaganda rag put out by the government.

  • The Interloper

    I won’t pay for newspapers, except the Financial Times, but their quality has gone down recently. Only, How to Spend It maintains its original quality.

  • Clover11111

    The only time I pickup the trash paper is when they have coupons that I need.