Thadeus Greenson 
Member since Jan 15, 2014

Thadeus Greenson

Bio:
Thadeus Greenson is the news editor of the North Coast Journal.

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    Recent Comments

    Re: “Eureka Weighs the Future of its Nonprofit Needle Exchange Program

    ZZ- I'm curious, how much time have you spent at HACHR watching its operations?

    4 likes, 1 dislike
    Posted by Thadeus Greenson on 08/03/2018 at 2:46 PM

    Re: “'Long Overdue'

    Art-
    Virginia Bass left her post as Eureka's mayor in 2010, almost two years before Cyndy Day-Wilson's hire. Not sure what she would have been able to add to the conversation.

    Posted by Thadeus Greenson on 07/16/2018 at 12:46 PM

    Re: “A Word from the Lying Media

    Maxwell-
    Thanks for taking the time to comment. To bring everyone else into the loop of what youre asking about, its this piece I wrote about the county planning department hiring Allison Edrington as an extra-help staffer in the Cannabis Services Division. In the column, I questioned whether Edrington had a conflict of interest or at least the appearance of one given that she was retaining her role as board president and co-founder of the Humboldt Cannabis Chamber of Commerce, which was charging cannabis businesses $175 annual membership fees and lobbying the county on cannabis-related issues.

    https://www.northcoastjournal.com/humboldt…

    In the column, I likened the situation to having then Greater Eureka Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Don Smullin process business license applications for the city of Eureka, or Humboldt Builders Exchange Board President Kathy Rodriguez working on building permits for the county. I think these comparisons were fair.

    As you note, Allison is a former co-worker of mine I like her personally and have no ill-will toward her, and certainly didnt want to prompt a family to lose an income. But I felt the questions were fair and it warranted asking the county to answer them, which it did, defending the hire and Edringtons ability to handle applications fairly and navigate the waters between county planning and the role of Cannabis Chamber board president. And if I had chosen not to report on the story simply because I used to work with Edrington, that would have truly failed to meet the requirements of journalistic integrity.

    As to your charge that we called out the county for firing Edrington like it happened in a vacuum, thats simply untrue. When my co-editor Jennifer Fumiko Cahill wrote the piece calling out the countys treatment of Edrington, she noted that the firing came a day after we published my column.

    https://www.northcoastjournal.com/humboldt…

    As to the ethics of all this, while I do personally feel bad that Edrington lost her job with the county, I 100-percent stand by my belief that it was an issue that warranted reporting and asking questions, just as I would have felt had Smullin been called in to process business license applications or Rodriguez been tasked with looking at building permits. Conflicts of interests in local government are a serious issue as they often lead to allegations of preferential treatment and the appearance that the government is working to stack the deck for or against some residents. If that led you to doubt the veracity of our other reporting, thats unfortunate but beyond my control.

    Thanks again for taking the time to weigh in with your thoughts.

    Posted by Thadeus Greenson on 06/12/2018 at 7:40 PM

    Re: “A Word from the Lying Media

    Art-
    You are responding to our solicitation, which I appreciate. It's always valuable to hear what readers are thinking.
    A couple of points I want to respond directly to:

    First, our coverage of the Lawson case. We absolutely have reported on Lawson's role in the violent encounters that preceded his stabbing and we've reported on how those violent encounters complicate any potential prosecution in the case. We have never once referred to his killing as having been racially motivated, and I have repeatedly said in editorials that we don't know who killed Lawson or why. But the fact that we don't know what happened does not negate that this incident has caused people of color to step forward to say they don't feel safe, that they have suffered discrimination in this community and they want to see changes. Our lack of knowledge about who killed Lawson and why doesn't make their feelings illegitimate or untrue.

    Second, I think your comparing "alt-right" and "politically correct" is beyond a stretch.

    Third, to your reference to Jennifer's column and your claim that "everybody's mother and her brother knows hell hath no fury like two lesbians scorning eachother," I'll take that drivel seriously if an aggrieved lesbian ever picks up an assault rifle and shoots up a school or a nightclub. To date, that has been uniquely the province of men.

    2 likes, 0 dislikes
    Posted by Thadeus Greenson on 06/08/2018 at 12:57 PM

    Re: “A Word from the Lying Media

    Art-
    Thanks for weighing in. To quote from "How We News," another piece in this issue:

    "With that in mind, we should address bias and objectivity, two hot-button issues in today's political climate. This may not be a popular take, but we at the Journal acknowledge that complete objectivity is a myth and we all carry bias with us into just about everything we do. It's silly to think of reporters as people who somehow get beamed into covering a story without any notion of how they got there or life experiences to guide them. Instead, the guiding principles of reporting are thoroughness and fairness. Reporters need to acknowledge their biases and the subjectiveness of decisions that brought them to a story and make sure they report stories in a way that is fair to all parties involved on all sides of an issue."

    And I'll take that a step further in reference to your first question: The idea that people of all sexual orientations, gender identities and races are created equally and should have every right to live their lives peacefully as they please so long as they aren't hurting others is a principle we proudly carry with us into every story we report and everything we do. I'll add that, in your words, there are also some "fucked up" people of all demographics, orientations and genders but that fact in no way reflects back on the groups as a whole.

    As to your questions about Lawson an the lawsuit, we've covered those issues:

    https://www.northcoastjournal.com/NewsBlog…

    https://www.northcoastjournal.com/NewsBlog…

    If you have an example of how "political correctness" or a "slant on national ideas" affects our local news coverage not our editorials or opinion pieces please point it out. As to your charge that we "get off" on "clickbait," etc., please troll somewhere else.

    2 likes, 1 dislike
    Posted by Thadeus Greenson on 06/07/2018 at 1:42 PM

    Re: “Driven Out: The Forgotten War Against the Chinese

    Sorry banausicist, you're done here. Take your racist GIFs and drivel elsewhere or better yet keep them to yourself. But thanks for making it clear how important it is to continue to write about and discuss these issues and this country's often shameful treatment of marginalized people.

    4 likes, 0 dislikes
    Posted by Thadeus Greenson on 05/30/2018 at 10:27 AM

    Re: “Suspect Named in Weekend Crossbow Murder

    Julie- heres a link to a story I wrote about your cousin back when I still worked for the local daily. Im sorry for your loss.

    http://www.times-standard.com/general-news…

    Sincerely,
    Thadeus Greenson

    Posted by Thadeus Greenson on 03/10/2018 at 9:18 AM

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