"I can’t think of many things scarier than a high school journalist."
Really? How about being diagnosed with a terminal dissease? A plane crash. The BP oil spill. The state of the economy.
Oh, and pretentious journalism professors.
I believe it's great to have a sense of humor, I just don't believe Hislop "gets it." Additionally, I'm just imagining all of his potential voters who might read his website. Many would find it objectionable that he would post something about women's butts (high, tight, and unsloppy). It's a funny joke, for sure, but not appropriate for Hislop's website.
Trust me Buzz, I laughed my ass off when I read it here. I laughed even harder when I saw Hislop had posted it on his own website.
A sense of humor is one thing. Stupidity is another.
Hislop posted this on his website under "Supporters," believing it to a genuine endorsement. Of course, one has to be smart to understand satire.
I’ve been a longtime reader of the NCJ even though I don’t always agree with some of its editorial or political stances. But this week’s edition will be the last I read. Mr. Sims, this piece (Town Dandy) is so biased and ugly, I can hardly stomach it.
I don’t disagree that the Board of Supervisors (4-1 at least) agreed that the Coroner should remain an elected position. But your assertion that “there was the expected outpouring of public indignation” at Tuesday’s meeting is just plain inaccurate. The only people to speak in opposition were the standard group: Tad, Daniel, and the Elsebusches (who are seemingly angry about everything). Glen Sipma showed up to wax nostalgic. Then a few other folks stepped to the mic to debate with each other about whether or not an incumbent as ever lost a county election.
But what’s more disturbing Mr. Sims, is your refusal to take the time to really understand the role of the Coroner. Instead, you carry on the more sensational idea of conspiracies and cover-ups and suggest to your readers that only an independent Coroner can save us. You write things like “swept under the rug” and “bad shootings.” Those words are powerful and I wonder how carefully you chose them.
Finally, you conclude this:
“Truth be known, the move to eliminate the Coroner's Office stemmed in no small part from its ability and willingness to release information to the public, and the relative inability of anyone else to punish the office for such indiscretions.”
Truth be known? Your conclusion only shows the arrogance of some in the media. It is incredible and absurd to declare that the consolidation effort was driven by a reaction to the release of information or some childish desire to “punish.”
Hank, you have a tremendous responsibility as a journalist. People read your words. But I will not.
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Dec 12, 2013
vol XXIV issue 50
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