Wednesday, April 19, 2006

The WaPo circus

Ha ha -- that's very funny Washington Post -- "A 20-Ring Political Circus."

The problem I have with the article is that you didn't delve into any of the serious issues that aren't being addressed by the "circus" -- and that's what we pay you to do. Is everything about the election season a "circus," or are there some serious candidates?

I know the candidates aren't being very forthcoming -- so embarrass them for not answering. You are, after all, supposed to be the elite paid professionals of the press industry, aren't you?

How, for example, can some candidates say that all residents won't be able to return to a city where they are citizens? Is that even a constitutional stance?

Alternatively, how can some candidates say that all residents should be allowed to return, when the city of New Orleans is weeks away from bankruptcy (despite Mayor Nagin's claims to the contrary)?

How about reporting on the mayoral candidates' views on the recent FEMA building guidelines?

Oh, but then you'd actually have to get a reporter to pick up the phone -- you'd have to actually pay your reporters to do their jobs. That you aren't really makes you the mockery of your industry.

You see, the difference between bloggers and the mainstream press is that you guys have the access to newsmakers. We don't. So we go for the scraps, reporting on the peripheral details, breaking inside scoops when we can, and offering criticisms of the mainstream press.

Instead of making a mockery of the city, how about doing the job we pay you to do? Because a top-tier newspaper that only reports the surface details of what is, at the very least, the most important mayoral race in contemporary America, deserves equal mockery.

2 Comments:

At 4/20/2006 06:14:00 AM, Blogger Marco said...

This is why I don't read the Wash. Post, but I do read what you and other bloggers have to say. They just want your dollar.

 
At 4/20/2006 11:49:00 AM, Anonymous Editor B said...

Well scathed!

 

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